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Upcoming Services

April 29 - 30, Shabbat 8th Day of Pesach

Candle Lighting 7:30 PM
Friday Evening Services 6:30 PM
Shabbat Morning Services 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 8:33 PM

Sunday morning Services 9:00 AM

 

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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

Passover Ritual and Service Times

This year Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 22. Candle lighting is at 7:22pm
In preparation for Passover, go through the home for a final search for Chametz on Thursday, April 21 after nightfall, 8:12 PM
To see the detailed information for ritual and service times for Passover, please click here.

Brownstone Brooklyn Yom Hashoah

Join us for a special program that will feature Holocaust readings and songs from the US and Israel, testimonies from survivors and participation from across the Jewish community.
Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 PM
Congregation Mount Sinai
250 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn Heights
Download the flyer here.
Co-sponsored by Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Congregation Beth Elohim, Kane Street Synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu, Park Slope Jewish Center, Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek, Union Temple of Brooklyn

Rita Live in Concert!

Brooklyn Celebrates Israel, Israel Independence Day
Wednesday, May 11 at 7:45 PM at Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn
Download the flyer here and click here to purchase tickets!

Yom Israel for the Whole Family

Sunday May 15th, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Hannah Senesh Community Day School, 342 Smith Street, Brooklyn
Young Children up to age 6 will love Yeladudes performing. Kids age 6-12 will tour locations in modern Israel sampling foods, doing art and more. They will enter a time machine and visit Israel in the past. Fantastic Live Music, Food Trucks! The event is free of charge and open to the public!
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Create Your Journal Ad to Celebrate a Great Year at Kane Street

Spring is here and there is much to celebrate, including Kane Street’s 160th anniversary. Your participation in the Commemorative Journal – which will honor Jonathan Sack, President of the Board of Trustees – supports the Kane Street Synagogue and is a great way to recognize achievements of all kinds. Please take a look at the Journal Ad form and consider how you can participate. Deadline for Journal ads: Monday, May 16. Note: If you prefer not to submit your ad online, you may print and mail a Journal Ad form instead instead.

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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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