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Upcoming Services

September 4 - 5, Ki Tavo

Candle Lighting 7:04 PM
Friday Evening Services 6:30 PM
Shabbat Morning Services 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 8:07 PM

Sunday Morning Minyan at 9:00am

 

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, Marla Cohen, 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

High Holiday Service Schedules

Download the 2015/5776 High Holiday Service Schedule here and the Children and Family Services Schedule here. Please click here to purchase tickets for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur (adult services, children’s services and babysitting).

Join in S’lichot Across Brooklyn

Saturday, September 5, 9:30 PM
Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 Eighth Avenue
We will gather with members of five other local Synagogues to enter the reflective season of Teshuva / repentance together. Click here to read the full description.

Open Beit Midrash Announces its 2015-16 Program

Tuesday evenings, October 20, 2015 to April 12, 2016
Stellar Teachers! Intimate Setting! We are delighted to share with you the program for the 5776 Open Beit Midrash, the informal Tuesday night adult learning program at Kane StreetSynagogue. Our faculty this year includes some of America’s most talented, innovative and charismatic Jewish educators, such as Joey Weisenberg, David Kraemer and Dayle Friedman. The program begins with a catered dinner at 6:45 P.M. and continues with class from 7:30-9:00 P.M. It is held almost every Tuesday night from October 20, 2015 to April 12, 2016 and includes eight three week mini-courses over 24 weeks. You may sign up for individual courses or purchase all eight courses — 24 classes and 24 dinners — for the subscription fee of $180.
Please open and read our brochure for more information and to register.

High Holidays at Kane Street

Please complete this online form to let us know if you will be joining us for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur! Tell us how many seats you need, whether you need to purchase tickets for guests and adult children, and which service you would like to attend (Kane Street Main Sanctuary or Bergen Street). Bringing kids? Let us know so we can plan our youth services and babysitting. Please tell us if you would like to participate in our Yizkor Book of Remembrance or order a lulav and etrog for Sukkot. If you are not a member of Kane Street, you can use this form to purchase tickets for adult services, youth services and babysitting. We hope you will join us!

Donate to Kol Nidre Appeal

The Kol Nidre Appeal supports Kane Street Synagogue’s programs and allows us to respond to the needs of the community. Please remember that membership dues, Hebrew School tuition, and other fees combined do not cover our operating expenses. We rely on additional fundraising to maintain the caliber of programs that make our community so vibrant. Please give as generously as you can. We are grateful for all gifts, regardless of size. Gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Please click here to donate now.

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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

A Message from Rabbi Weintraub

High Holiday Message
The Power and Miracle of this Season

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, in an essay about repentance/Teshuva entitled “Soul Searching” shares a classic folk tale about the animals who decide to repent because their sins had brought them disaster. “The tiger and the wolf confess that they prey on other creatures, and are vindicated. After all, it is in their nature as predators to hunt and kill. So, all the animals in turn confess their sins, and for one reason or another, all are exonerated. Finally, the sheep admits that she once ate the straw lining from her masters’ boots; here at last is obviously the true cause of their misfortune. All fall on the evil sheep and slaughter it, and everything is in order again.” (Rabb Adin Steinsaltz, The Strife of the Spirit, page 20)

This tale, on one level, shows the hypocrisy of the animals, who ignore the sins of the strong and attack those of the weak. The story also portrays one of the most powerful obstacles to repentance. We admit that we may have acted harmfully but decide that this somehow reflects unalterably our basic nature, or the force of habit, or the weight of custom, the “way things have always been.” Because of inertial force, whether of our own personality or social custom, things just have to be a certain way.

Consciously and unconsciously, this is the most common and obstinate assumption which prevents serious individual and social change. And it is precisely why we must energetically follow the ideals and protocols of Teshuva/repentance during the High Holiday season.

Both the Talmud, and later codifiers, affirm that the position of a ba’al t’shuva, the penitent, is higher than that of a saint who has never sinned. This teaching seems counter-intuitive. Shouldn’t the person who is pure be regarded as higher than one who has sinned? Judaism answers “no,” from an understanding of human nature which is at once realistic and optimistic. It is a greater step for an angry person to control himself than one who is constitutionally easy going; it is a bigger achievement for an addict to forswear alcohol or cocaine than one with no issue with harmful substances; the madreiga, the spiritual level of the risk taker who invests prudently is higher than the one who is naturally cautious and risk-averse.
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