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Upcoming Services

June 3 - 4, Shabbat Bechukotai

Candle Lighting 8:02 PM
Friday Evening Services 6:30 PM
Shabbat Morning Services 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 9:05 PM

Sunday morning Services 9:00 AM

 

Welcome

At Kane Street, we bring the wisdom and compassion of Jewish traditions to all, regardless of one’s background. Within our community are very traditional Jews and secularists, families and singles, straight and gay. Our members include many Jews-by-choice (converts) as well as interfaith families and Jews who are returning to their roots. We are rightly regarded as a community where any sincere person can find a place.

We'd love to meet you. If you have questions, feel free to contact Rabbi Sam Weintraub, Alan Bell, our Executive Director, or Rabbi Valerie Lieber, our Director of Education and Family Programming. For questions about preschool, contact Peggy Geller, director of Kane Street Kids.

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To learn about our creative and stimulating Hebrew School, contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber at 718.875.1550, ext 117 or e-mail Rabbi Valerie Lieber
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News and Upcoming Events

Shavu’ot Across Brooklyn Tikkun

Saturday, June 11, 8:00 PM
Join us as we celebrate Shavu’ot, Z’man Matan Torateinu (the Holiday of the Giving of Torah). In order to prepare spiritually, our ancestors stayed up all night before the Torah was given. We re-enact that experience today in all-night study sessions. This year we will join other Brooklyn synagogues and independent communities at the “Shavu’ot Across Brooklyn” Tikkun hosted by Congregation Beth Elohim at 274 Garfield Place (at 8th Avenue). The program will include a musical niggun session, services, Shavu’ot treats and learning sessions. Come for as long as you like! Read the program details here.

Shavu’ot Services at Kane Street

Sunday, June 12, 9:15 AM, Kane Street Sanctuary
First day of Shavu’ot Morning Services
Monday, June 13, 9:15 AM, Kane Street Sanctuary
Second Day of Shavu’ot Morning Services (including Yizkor Memorial Prayers)
We thank the Lichtman family for sponsoring Kiddush in loving memory of Arthur Lichtman, zichrono livracha.

Sanctuary Restoration Update

Over 80 Kane Street members joined us on January 14, 2016, to learn about plans for the sanctuary façade and towers. The event featured a presentation by Robert Bates, principal at Walter B. Melvin Architects, and we are pleased to share this report, which includes an update on the project and historical photographs of the sanctuary. This event was the first in a series of discussions about the restoration of our beautiful synagogue.

Kane Street Sundays

PJ LIbrary presents Kane Street Sundays!
Open play, PJ Library story and music from 9AM – 12PM starting December 13 and every Sunday through mid-July
For families with kids age 4 and younger
Please click here to download the flyer.

Bialy Rock: Spring 2016!

Bialy Rock Is The Place To Be Friday Mornings for kids Age 3 and Younger
Bialy Rock music class and singalong has everything great: puppets, music, giant drums, shakers, and lots of happy young children with their parents, nannies and grandparents. Get in on the fun every Friday morning – sessions 10-10:45am and 11:15-12noon. April 8, 15, May 6, 13, 20 and 27.
6 Session Series, $60 for synagogue members, $110 for non-members, Drop-ins, $20
Click here to download the flyer!
Please contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber for more information and to register.

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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

Passover 5776 2016
Z’man Cheiruteinu - Time to be free!

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Rabbi Sam Weintraub

A Message from Rabbi Weintraub
I am seven, maybe eight years old, and I find the Matzah which my father had placed in a linen napkin and hidden in a bedroom. I had glued my eyes on him from the moment we performed the yachatz ceremony, early in the Seder. Then, he broke the middle Matzah into two unequal parts, replaced the smaller one on the Matzah plate, and left the dining room to hide the larger piece. My brother and I looked forward to the later search, discovery and retrieval of the hidden piece. We knew that he who found the concealed larger part could hold out for something big. So I struggled to stay up through the interminable Maggid texts and various dinner courses for which I had little appetite. Finally after Birktat Hamazon (Grace after the meal), at the time of Tzafun, we would find and return the Matzah so that we could eat the Afikomen and complete the Seder.

Among the reasons given by commentators for the Yachatz ritual is that it initiated a child’s play to keep the youngsters awake and curious. But even as a kid I sensed that there were deep meanings behind Yachatz. Studying further, I learned that Matzah is Lechem Oni, which can mean both the “bread of response” and the “poor person’s bread”. Because Matzah is the bread of response, Yachatz is inserted just before the Maggid discussion section to stimulate questions and answers. Because Matzah is the poor man’s bread, we imitate the poor who, always anxious about their food supply, hide the larger part for later.

However, I found the greatest meaning in the bare silence of the ritual. Unlike other central Seder elements, both Yachatz and Tazafun are unaccompanied by any blessing, kavannah (mystical intention) or Talmudic explanation. How to explain the plainness of these two ritual moments?

Our sages spoke of two Passovers. One was Pesach Lishe’avar the Passover of the past, the Passover of Egypt, which informs us about what happened. The other is Pesach L’atid, the Passover of the future, suggesting what might yet happen but is still undetermined.

The Passover of Yachatz and Tzafun is not the Passover of Egypt. It is Pesach L’atid, the future Passover. And that redemption is far from complete. There is still brokenness, fear and poverty in the world. We are surrounded by pollution, cultural, moral and climatic. We have completed another bizarre and often balmy pseudo-winter, part of a global warming trend caused by our own recklessness. There are 48.4 million Americans living at or below the official poverty line, the highest number since 1963. About the same number live in “food insecure” households, meaning that they do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
For the first time in over half a century, we don’t take safety for granted in the heart of European civilization, and college advisors in the United States counsel High School students about campus’ “friendliness” towards Jews.

So, the broken Matzah is neither child play nor chomer lidrush, fodder for Rabbinic homilies. The broken middle Matzah speaks to our times. Its silence should shake us, urge us to realize, “Don’t bury yourself in the past, in your history, even in its glories. Don’t think that it’s over, that the Messiah will come and all we need to do is wait, pray, believe.”
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