Youth & Families
Children love to come to synagogue on Shabbat and use the skills they have learned during the week either in Hebrew School or Day School. They are able to shine in the children’s services, by taking part in leading their peers in prayer, demonstrating their growth in Hebrew and prayer skills and finding their own space in the Kane Street community. Every Shabbat, except on public holiday weekends, Kane Street offers four Family Services. Family Services are free and open to all, both members and non-members. Parents are always welcome to attend our children’s services. Contact Director of Education & Family Programming Rabbi Valerie Lieber.
Each Shabbat morning during the school year we hold family services at 11:00 AM. The entire building is filled with the sound of singing, laughter and learning. We have services for every age range so that kids can get engaged with a group of peers, express their joys, wonder and doubts.
Mini Minyan is for children ages 2-4. It is a warm, interactive family Shabbat experience with singing, stories, a Torah parade, prayers and movement. We conclude with a Kiddush over challah and juice. 11:00 – 11:45 AM, third floor multi-purpose room. Kids and parents are then invited to join the whole congregation in the sanctuary where the children will be called to the front during the singing of Adon Olam.
Junior Congregation is for children in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade. This is a high energy family service with a story, singing, a beautiful, colorful siddur for prayers, and lots of learning. Each week we join the older children at 11:45 to share a Torah service or dramatic re-enactment of the weekly Torah portion. 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM, second floor Chapel.
KC Minyan (Kavannah and Competence) is for children in 3rd Grade through 6th Grade. This is a joyful and contemplative family service which helps children begin to navigate Siddur Sim Shalom that we use in the main sanctuary. We sing, learn the traditional choreography of prayers, discuss the themes of prayers and the Torah portion, and enjoy a weekly Torah service or dramatic re-enactment of the weekly Torah portion. 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM, second floor room 3-4.
The third Friday of each month, September through June, join us for Celebration Shabbat, a multi-generational service followed by dinner for the entire community. During services before dinner our rabbis offer birthday and anniversary blessings, while children can enjoy story-time and adults learn from the D’var Torah. 6:00 PM, second floor Chapel. Please check the full calendar for the monthly dates.
We hold Mini Minyan, Junior Congregation and KC Minyan on High Holy Days too.
Holidays and Festivals
On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we hold lively services for children and their families led by experienced Jewish family educators. Children hear the shofar, sing t’fillot and enjoy sweet apples and honey. On the afternoon of the second day of Rosh Hashanah, everyone is invited to participate in our Tashlich ceremony at the East River Fulton Ferry Landing with the entire community. Childcare is available during the High Holidays.
Simhat Torah, with its joyous singing and dancing in honor of the Torah, is a holiday of youthful delight. Families are invited to participate in safe and fun rounds of dancing, or hakafot, with the Torah as we cordon off our block on Kane Street and celebrate in the street.
At Chanukkah families are invited to Kane Street’s Community Chanukah party to sing Chanukah songs and consume their year’s share of sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts).
Purim at Kane Street is very family friendly. Everyone comes dressed in costume, parents behave like children and together we listen to the Megillah of Esther, sponsor a costume parade and enjoy hamantaschen.
On Yom Ha’atz’ma’ut, Israel Independence Day, we sing in English and Hebrew, dance and celebrate the modern revival of Israel.