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236 Kane Street / Brooklyn, NY 11231 / 718 875-1550

Upcoming Services

May 24 - 25, Shabbat Behar

Candle lighting 7:54pm

Friday Night Service 6:30pm

Shabbat Morning Service 9:15am

Shabbat ends 8:57pm

Sunday Morning Minyan 9:00am

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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, Engagement Director Rabbi Jason Gitlin, Executive Director Lori Tompkins, or Rabbi Valerie Lieber, our Director of Education and Family Programming.

What are services like?

For questions about Kane Street Kids, our community’s creative, progressive and hands-on preschool, contact Rivka Seeman, Director of Kane Street Kids.

Learn about our creative and stimulating Hebrew School or see it in action! Enrollment is available online for the 2016-17 school year. Or for more information contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber at 718.875.1550, ext 2005.

News and Upcoming Events

Standing Together at Sinai

As we head toward Shavuot and stand at Sinai once again together, we’ve gathered a number of opportunities here at Kane Street that will allow you to actively engage in Jewish learning, spiritual exploration, and social justice over the next year. Please take a few moments and aspire to engage in some of these experiences. Based on your selection(s), we’ll check in over the next year with ways for you to both realize and reflect on your and our collective aspirations.

Learn more about our Standing Together at Sinai initiative and contact Rabbi Jason Gitlin for more information or questions.

Make Your Reservations for Kane Street’s 163rd Anniversary Celebration

Join us on Sunday, June 2 at 6:00pm as we celebrate our congregation and honor Rabbi Valerie Lieber. Buy your tickets today! The deadline to RSVP is Friday, May 27. This year, we have special pricing levels, including a Sponsor-A-Teacher ticket and a discounted price for Hebrew School parents, as well as the option to purchase a full table.


Shabbat Learners’ Service June 1: Saying Kaddish

Our Learners’ Service offers a space to learn about the service (its structure, themes, and rituals), explore your questions, and pray slowly together. Led by Rabbi Jason Gitlin and congregants. Join for one, any, or all weeks! Contact Rabbi Jason Gitlin for more information. Led by Rabbi Jason Gitlin and congregants. See schedule for year.

Pirkei Avot Community-wide Study

The long held custom of studying Pirkei Avot between Passover and Shavuot offers the perfect time to join one of multiple study groups participating in our community learning of this mishnaic collection of ethical teachings. Groups of community members are meeting on Shabbat afternoons, before work, during Hebrew School, evenings and more. Sign up to join a study group, learn with your family, or ask us to connect you with other learners. Read more about the learning and schedule. Contact Rabbi Jason Gitlin for more information.

Bialy Rock Music Class for Infants & Toddlers is Back!

Every Friday 10:00am to 10:45am, Kane Street Chapel, 2nd Floor
Children with a caregiver sing, dance and play instruments. Leader Ora Fruchter leads the songs accompanied by guitar and entertains children with her puppet named Ketchup. Songs are in English and Hebrew, and run the gamut from children’s standard American folk songs to Jewish holiday songs. Bialy Rock is a fun way to bond with your child or grandchild in a Jewish context and it is an excellent way to enrich your child’s musical development. Please sign up on-line at kanestreet.org/bialy-rock $25 per class for drop-ins. We have heavily discounted multi-class packs for members: 6 sessions for $70; 12 sessions for $130 for non-members: 6 sessions for $125; 12 sessions for $225
For more information, please contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber.

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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

Excerpted from a sermon by Rabbi Weintraub on Shabbat T’tzaveh 5779, February 16, 2019

Dear friends,

Increasingly, the topic of domestic anti-Semitism is the subject of my conversations with you, at Kiddush, at social gatherings, at our committee and Board meetings. Especially since the Pittsburgh tragedy, we feel suddenly vulnerable in the Sanctuary, even on Shabbat. I want this Shabbat to reflect on this and try to find a positive way forward.

American Jews over the last two years have experienced an uptick in fear and anxiety.

We have witnessed anti-Semitism across the political spectrum, from neo-Nazi demonstrations to the original refusal of Women’s March organizers to recognize anti-Semitism as a real, persistent form of oppression.

Still, I want to underscore one fact shown by the investigations of the ADL and other long time observers. Targeted, physical anti-Semitism—murders, violent assaults, bomb threats, and vandalism—is overwhelmingly the result of activity by right wing, especially white nationalist groups.

In a celebrated, recent report, the ADL found that over 2016 and 2017 our country saw the largest one year jump in anti-Semitic incidents than in the entire forty years of ADL recording.
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Rabbi Weintraub’s Reflections on Social Issues

Jacob’s Ladder and the Decline of Conservative Judaism

Solidarity Shabbat sermon following the Pittsburgh Synagogue attack

Response to the Attack on the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue

Listening around Rosh Hashanah

Restoring a Moral Agenda to America: The Poor People’s Campaign

Me’avdut L’cherut – From Slavery to Freedom

“To Work and to Preserve” Judaism and the Environment

Las Vegas

Charlottesville

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

Michael Brown and Eric Garner – A Jewish Perspective

Violence

Torah text, the Tribe of Dan, Ferguson and Baltimore

ISIS, Refugees, and our Father Jacob

Family Separation

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