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Cycle of Holidays for 5777 (2016-17)

Unless otherwise noted, Holidays begin at sundown, the evening before the dates below.
For a full schedule of times and locations, please refer to the full service schedule (for the Kane Street Sanctuary and Bergen Street services) and the family services schedule.

September 24, 2016
On the Saturday evening before Rosh Hashanah, this year we will gather with other Brooklyn synagogues to prepare ourselves for the Days of Awe.

Rosh Hashanah
October 2-4, 2016
Prayer services and discussion groups meet in the Sanctuary, Community Room and Chapel, offering a variety of programs for adults and children. The congregation gathers for Tashlich services at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Kol Nidre
October 11, 2016
On the holiest night of the year, please plan to arrive at the Synagogue promptly. The doors of the Sanctuary remain closed during the solemn chanting of the Kol Nidre prayer. Late-comers are seated at the conclusion of the prayer.

Yom Kippur
October 12, 2016
Worship services on Yom Kippur, as with Rosh Hashanah, accommodates a diverse community. The schedule includes a Yizkor service and afternoon study session. We break our fast together with cake and OJ.

October 16-23, 2016
Prior to the holiday many hands help build and decorate our sweet-smelling sukkah. Join us for Sukkot services and for a week of festive meals. You may purchase your lulav and etrog through the office.

Hoshana Rabah
October 23, 2016
In our joyful service on the final day of Sukkot we march in seven processions around the Synagogue, sing and beat willow twigs on the Sanctuary floor to shake off the leaves. The leafless twigs are symbolic of our old selves that we shed through T’shuva (repentance).

Sh’mini Atzeret
October 24, 2016
The Morning Service includes Yizkor memorial prayers.

Simchat Torah
October 24-25, 2016
We express our joy for the Torah during high spirited evening services in the Sanctuary and out on Kane Street where the street is closed to traffic and we dance with our Torah Scrolls and enjoy refreshments.

Erev Chanukah / First candle: December 24
December 25, 2016-January 1, 2017
Each night of Chanukah a group gathers around our brass menorah to light the candles. Our Hebrew School students and Kane Street Kids enjoy meals with latkes and donuts and play dreidel games, and the congregation gathers on Shabbat for dinner.

Tu B’Shevat
February 11, 2017
We teach our students about the New Year for Trees by eating a new piece of fruit on this day, planting trees and collecting money for the trees in Israel.

March 12, 2017
Two Megillah readings are held on the night of Purim. Our Purim celebration in the Sanctuary is a boisterous and very child-friendly affair where costumed merry-makers drone out Haman’s name with a vengeance. The “quiet” Megillah reading in the Chapel attracts a crowd who manages to enjoy the cacophony of assorted noise-makers and actually listens to the Purim story. Purim at Kane Street is not to be missed!

Erev Pesach / First Seder: April 10, 2017
April 11-18, 2017
Kane Street prepares for Pesach by cleaning the synagogue’s kitchen, arranging for the sale of chametz, distributing Passover food orders and matching Seder guests with hosts for home hospitality.

Yom HaShoah
April 24, 2017
Kane Streeters join together with other synagogues in the Brooklyn Brownstone Community in an annual Holocaust Commemorative program. The event is held at a different synagogue each year. The evening is always inspirational.

Yom Ha’atz’ma’ut
May 2, 2017
Our Israel Independence Day programs commemorating the founding of the modern State of Israel vary from year to year. The program begins with a special Ma’ariv evening service, prayers of remembrance for fallen soldiers and civilians, Israeli songs led by Joey Weisenberg and Kane Street members, and a light Israeli dinner. Many Kane Streeters show their support for Israel by attending the Israeli Day parade on Fifth Avenue.

May 31-June 1, 2017
To honor the sacred gift of Torah, Kane Street begins the two-day Shavuot holiday with an evening Tikkun, a study session. This year on Saturday evening, June 11, we will join other synagogues and independent communities at the “Shavuot Across Brooklyn” Tikkun hosted by Congregation Beth Elohim. Morning services will be held at Kane Street on Sunday morning, June 12 and on Monday morning, June 13. On Monday, we will include Yizkor memorial prayers.

Tishah B’Av
August 1, 2017
We remember the destruction of the first two Temples and other tragedies with evening services in the Community Room. As a sign of mourning, we sit on the floor of the darkened room. Using flashlights to read the text, we sing the Kinot and chant the Book of Eichah.

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