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August 27 - 28, Shabbat Eikev

Candle Lighting 7:18 PM
Friday Evening Services 6:30 PM
Shabbat Morning Services 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 8:21 PM

Sunday morning Services 9:00 AM



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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News and Upcoming Events

Mini Celebration Shabbat & Dinner

Friday, September 9th 5pm–6:30pm
Families with young children welcome Shabbat with this interactive, rejuvenating and musical service and dinner. Led by Rabbis Val and Jason accompanied by flute and upright bass. The Kabbalat Shabbat service will be followed by a kid-friendly dinner (delicious challah, pasta with or without sauce, fresh cut veggies, eggplant parmigiana, and more). Sign up (by Sept. 7th) only required if you plan to stay for the dinner. For more information, contact

Additional Group Interview about the Sanctuary

Thursday, August 25, 7:00 pm
We are thrilled that so many members took part in conversations about the sanctuary during the series of group interviews held in June. If you were unable to attend, join us at this additional group interview, which will again be facilitated by H3 Architecture. We want to hear from as many members as possible during this exciting time for Kane Street. Please RSVP to

The “Drei Vochen” The Three Weeks – Shiva Asar B’Tammuz (17 Tammuz) to Tisha B’av (9 AV) 5776, July 24 to August 14, 2016

The three weeks between Shiva Assar B’Tammuz and Tisha B’av mark a period of sadness and mourning – framed by two fast days – in which we remember some of the greatest tragedies of our history, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples, and the exiles which followed. During this period, festivities and indulgences are avoided or limited. For example, traditionally, we do not schedule weddings and other joyous occasions during the Three Weeks. In fulfillment of the Rabbinic dictum “When Av begins our joy is diminished” (Mishna Ta’anit 4:6), from 1 (Rosh Chodesh) Av to 9 Av, (sundown August 4 to August 14) we take on other restrictions. For example, many avoid eating meat and drinking wine during this period, except on Shabbat. Please click here to read the full text.

Sanctuary Project Comments

Send your comments about the Sanctuary Project to
Thank you to all who attended the recent community-wide meeting with H3 Architecture, as well as any of the small-group interview sessions. There will be additional interview sessions later in the summer, and another community-wide presentation by H3 in the fall. We also encourage everyone to share their thoughts via email at any time, directly to Messages will be read and considered as part of the design process, by the architects at H3 and by Kane Street’s Building Committee.

Kane Street Synagogue Restoration Project – June 2016 Update

Kane Street has made significant progress in our effort to revitalize and renew our historic sanctuary. We are pleased to announce a number of exciting recent developments, including a grant from the New York City Landmarks Conservancy, the engagement of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture for the sanctuary interior, and a new look for the capital campaign. For more details, take a look at the June 2016 report.

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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

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Rabbi Sam Weintraub

A Message from Rabbi Weintraub

Bilaam’s Ass and this Presidential Campaign Year
(D’var Torah teaching given Shabbat Balak, July 23, 2016)

This Shabbat we read the story of Bilaam, a brilliant pagan sorcerer who is hired by King Balak of Moab to curse Israel, who Balak loathes and fears. Bilaam rises one morning, saddles his donkey and sets off with a band of Moabite officers on this mission. G-d, however dispatches an angel to stand in the middle of a path and block their way. The ass sees the angel. Her master, Bilaam, does not and strikes the animal three times until the ass miraculously speaks sand reprimands her master. The text then relates, “Vay’gal HaShem et einei Bilaam - G-d Uncovered Bilaam’s eyes and he saw the angel of G-d standing in the road” (Numbers 22:31)
Bilaam apologizes to the angel, who tells the prophet to continue on his mission but only speak words which G-d will put in his mouth. The sorcerer then ascends promontories from which he sees and gloriously blesses the people of Israel, all to the consternation and fury of Balak.
Bilaam’s perception was inferior to that of his beast. He could not see the angel, the messenger of G-d, although the angel stood right before him. How could he be so clueless?
We may find some insight through a famous Midrash found in B’resheet Rabbah 8:5. The Rabbis are discussing Psalm 85, verses 11 and 12, which read
“Mercy and truth fought together
Righteousness and peace combatted each other.
(But, then…) Emet mei’eretz titz’mach - Truth will spring out of the earth.
And righteousness will look down from heaven.”
Rabbi Shimon interprets these verses imaginatively: “When the Holy One, blessed be He, was about to create Adam the ministering angels formed themselves into groups and companies, some of them saying, “Let him be created” while others urged “Let him not be created.” Thus it is written “Mercy and truth fought together.” Mercy said, “Let him be created, because he will perform acts of love.” Truth said, “Let him not be created because he is compounded of falsehood.” Righteousness said, “Let him be created, because he will perform righteous deeds.” Peace said “Let him not be created because he is full of strife”
What did G-d do?

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