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February 12 - 13, Shabbat Terumah

Candle Lighting 5:07 PM
Friday Evening Services 6:30 PM
Shabbat Morning Services 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 6:10 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.

What are services like?

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

Trivia Night & Auction Party 2016

Sunday, March 6th, 5-8 PM
Join us for the all-new Trivia Night and Auction Party supporting kids’ programs
Tickets $50 adults. Children free.
Download the flyer here and purchase your tickets online! Check out auction items and more details about the Trivia Game at our Bidding For Good site.

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 Knows Purim!

Purim is around the corner, and at Kane Street, we know Purim! Sign up to sponsor mishloach manot and share Purim greetings with the entire Kane Street community, while supporting the synagogue. Deadline: Wednesday, March 16. Also, don’t forget to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a trip-for-2 to Israel. We will draw the winning ticket at Purim services on March 23. Download the flyer here!

Kane Street Synagogue – Open Beit Midrash

Tuesday, February 16: New Beit Midrash Course on Judaism and Aging with pioneering thinker and spiritual guide Rabbi Dayle Friedman
Our next Beit Midrash mini-course— February 16, 23 and March 1– is “Growing Older, Growing Deeper and Wiser”.
Today, life after sixty often presents an unprecedented and confusing mixture of vitality and productivity along with some physical decline. Through text study and engaging exercises, students will examine key challenging of aging and join to find meaning and mission in the years ahead.
Rabbi Dayle Friedman is a chaplain, spiritual director, social innovator and scholar. She has pioneered the development of a Jewish spiritual vision for aging. She is the author of Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife and Jewish Visions for Aging. She is the Founder and Director of Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism, based in Philadelphia. For more information about Rabbi Friedman’s vison and work, go to www.growingolder.co
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Please open and read our brochure for more information and to register.
For information, please email Joy Fallek

Images of Israel

Brooklyn Collaborative Lecture Series
How do different visions and aspirations for Israel inform how we view the current situation? This question will be explored in a three part lecture series bringing to Brownstone Brooklyn three outstanding Israeli public intellectuals.
February 17, Temple Beth Elohim; March 16, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue; April 13, Union Temple
Download the flyer here for more information and to register.

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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

A Message from Rabbi Weintraub

Spirituality and Politics, Social Change, and my Trip to Israel

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Rabbi Sam Weintraub
Shabbat Mishpatim 5776 February 6, 2016

Our Torah Portion this week begins “V’eileh haMishpatim asher tasim lifneihem - And these are the ordinances which you shall place before them “(Exodus 21:1)

In last week’s Parsha we read about the world changing revelation of G-d at Sinai. Amidst thunder, lightning and earthquakes, B’nei Yisrael were given the Ten Commandments and the Torah, followed by special instructions about worship at the altar.

Our Parsha this week continues then with mishpatim, ordinances, mostly ethical laws about property damage, labor relations, personal injury, loans and pledges, etc.

What is the unifying thread here?

Rashi comments, ‘Mah harishonin miSinai, af eilu miSinai, just as the preceding laws were given at Sinai, so these (ordinances) were given at Sinai”.

G-d, if you will, gives equal importance to ethical issues between people as to matters of ritual and worship.

Some argue that all this is to indicate that the Torah places equal importance on proper conduct between people and proper devotion to G-d. I would argue that the Torah gives primacy to laws between one person and another. Most of the laws in this week’s portion, following the revelation at Sinai, are pedestrian, concerned for example with timely payment of loans or damages caused by one’s livestock. Later on, when the Rabbis established the judiciary, they decided that ritual questions—is this chicken kosher? Is my sukkah of proper dimensions?—may be decided by one judge; property litigation required three judges; but capital cases, questions of life and death, required twenty three judges.

It is as if the Sages decided that G-d can take care of ritual infractions by Himself, but requires a special partnership, special vigilance from us to ensure our proper treatment of one another.

Sh’ma Yisrael, Adon’ Eloheinu, Adon’ Echad.

Hear, O Israel, Adon’ our G-d, Adon’ is One.

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