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

Upcoming Services

March 22 - 23, Shabbat Tzav

Candle lighting 6:50pm

Friday Night Service 6:30pm

Shabbat Morning Service 9:15am
Youth & Family Services 11:00am

Shabbat ends 7:53pm

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

Celebrate Purim at Kane Street!

Party at our Purim Celebration for Young Children on Sunday, March 17 from 10:30am-12:00pm. $20/family. RSVP at kanestreet.org/purim.

Hear the Megillah on Wednesday, March 20. Chapel service: 7:00pm. Lively sanctuary event: 7:15pm. Purim Day Services are on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30am.

Participate in Pasta for Purim! Bring a box of pasta (instead of a gragger), which we will donate to CHiPS, a nearby soup kitchen and shelter.

There’s Still Time to Sponsor Mishloach Manot!

Although your name won’t be on the card in our Purim bags, you can still make a Mishloach Manot donation! Sign up to sponsor mishloach manot, our Purim packages filled with hamantashen and other treats. It has been a custom for centuries to give Purim baskets to celebrate the Jewish people’s survival. Each package includes a card listing our generous sponsors. Your gift will allow us to give mishloach manot to synagogue members, pre-school students and staff. Your donation also supports Kane Street Synagogue.

Pirkei Avot Community-wide Study

This March, we begin a half-year community-wide learning of Pirkei Avot (Wisdom of Our Sages), a compilation of ethical teachings and sayings whose ideas and insights are accessible and enlightening to all learners, whether you have never before engaged in Jewish learning or have an extensive background.

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.

Kane Street Book Club


Dora Bruder by Patrick Modiano
Discussion on Thursday, May 2 (day after Yom HaShoah), 7:00pm
Patrick Modiano opens Dora Bruder (the 2014 Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature) by telling how in 1988 he stumbled across an ad in the personal columns of the New Year’s Eve 1941 edition of Paris Soir. Placed by the parents of a 15-year-old Jewish girl, Dora Bruder, who had run away from her Catholic boarding school, the ad sets Modiano off on a quest to find out everything he can about Dora and why, at the height of German reprisals, she ran away on a bitterly cold day from the people hiding her. Discussion facilitated by retired Brooklyn College Professor of English and American Literature, Julia Hirsch. View this year’s selections and discussion dates. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Shabbat Learners’ Service March 16

For those who want help navigating and further exploring the Shabbat morning service, our twice monthly Learners’ Service offers a space to learn about the service, explore your questions, and pray slowly together. Led by Rabbi Jason Gitlin and congregants. See schedule for year.

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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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