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Upcoming Services

February 16 - 17, Shabbat Terumah

Candle lighting, 5:11pm
Evening Service, 6:30pm

Morning Service, 9:15am
Learners’ Service, 9:45am
No Youth & Family Services This Shabbat

Shabbat Ends, 6:14pm

Sunday Minyan 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, Engagement Director Rabbi Jason Gitlin, Executive Director Alan Bell, 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 Olivia Kissin, 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.

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“Charity is as potent a force for reconciliation as the ancient Temple altar.”

Rabbi Jochanan Ben Zakkai

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News and Upcoming Events

Jewzapalooza – Trivia Night

Thank you to everyone who attended to the incredible Jewzapalooza Trivia Night on Sunday, February 11.

A huge thanks to the co-chairs Bena and Jonathan, and everyone else who worked to make it a roaring success! Thank you to all who made donations and participated financially to support our programming for children and families at the synagogue.

If you missed Trivia Night, we hope you will come next year. But in the meantime…

You are not too late to sign up for Experiences! (formerly known as salons). Available places at Steak & Scotch, Cooking with Gail Simmons, Poker Night, and more, are available for purchase kanestreet.org/trivia-night, where you can also make an additional donation to benefit the Hebrew School and Family Programming.

Buy tickets, create your team, and make a tax-deductible donation at


Sponsor Mishloach Manot for Purim

Purim is just one month away!
While you begin to ponder your costume, we hope you will take the time now to make a $180 gift to Kane Street to sponsor mishloach manot. It has been a custom for centuries to give Purim packages to celebrate the Jewish people’s survival, and we give Purim bags – filled with hamantashen, other treats and a card listing our generous sponsors – to members, pre-school students and staff.
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, February 21.
Also, don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win a trip to Israel (up to $3,000). Raffle ticket purchases and your mishloach manot contribution can be made online at kanestreet.org/purim. Thank you!

Shabbat Lunch & Learn

Saturday, February 24, at 12:30pm, following Kiddush after services
Torah in the Trenches: The Rabbi Chaplains of WWII with Rabbi Daniel Bronstein. Join Hunter College historian professor, and Kane Street community member, Rabbi Daniel Bronstein to learn the story of how hundreds of American rabbis (Conservative, Reform and Orthodox) put aside fundamental ideological and ritual differences in order to serve the religious and cultural needs of the more than half a million Jews then serving in armed forces. Although the fragmented structure of American Jewish life has long been a defining characteristic of the American Jewish experience, the story of the Rabbi Chaplains of World War II reflects how there is also a long history of intra-Jewish or interdenominational cooperation.

Shabbat Learners’ Service on February 17

Saturday mornings (twice monthly), 9:45-11:00am
Chapel, Second Floor of Goldman Building
For those who want help navigating the Shabbat morning service, our Learners’ Minyan offers a space to learn about the service, explore your questions and pray slowly together. February focuses on the Torah Service. Please join us! See the rest of our schedule on our Shabbat page. Contact Rabbi Jason for more information.


Open Beit Midrash – Tuesday Evening Informal Study Program

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner at 6:45pm followed by learning from 7:30-9:00pm with first rate teachers!
The Beit Midrash (House of Study) has traditionally been the cultural center for creative spiritual conversation, a place to bring everyone together in an atmosphere of focused learning, energetic discussion and personal search.
Kane Street’s Open Beit Midrash includes six three-week mini-courses over (most) Tuesday evenings. This season runs until March 6, 2018.
Next and final course: The Ethics of Living in Community: The Rabbinic Vision with Dr. David Kraemer. February 20 and 27 and March 6, 2018
Read more and register!


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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

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Rabbi Sam Weintraub

A message from Rabbi Weintraub

Once, Honi was walking along the road when he saw a man planting a carob tree. Honi asked “How long before it will bear fruit?” The man answered, “Seventy years.” Honi asked, “Are you sure that you will be alive in seventy years to eat from its fruit?” The man answered, “I found this world filled with carob trees. Just as my ancestor planted for me, so shall I plant for my children.”
Baylonian Talmud, Tractate Ta’anit 23a

Trees in this story are symbolic of eternity. They outlive us, and yet by caring for them we achieve eternity. They are the gift we give to our children, and grandchildren.

Tu Bishvat, the Jewish Arbor Day, or “New Year of the Trees” falls this year on Tuesday night, January 30 and Wednesday, January 31. In ancient times, this was a day for calculating the “birth” of trees for the purposes of tithing. In Israel, the sap in the trees begins to rise, an early step in the formation of fruit. Tu Bishvat over the centuries became a day to celebrate our connection to the land of Israel. More recently, it has become a day for study and reflection about our global, natural environment.

There is a common and very mistaken idea that Judaism is not concerned with nature. Some misidentify our tradition as only an intellectual, urban, commercial one wherein trees, rivers, animals, soil, and clean air do not rank highly. Actually, Judaism is rich with teachings about environmental stewardship. The following are some central principles:

First, in Deuteronomy 20:19-20, we are given the principle of Ba’al Tash’chit, “lest you destroy,” a Mitzvah which has traditionally set limits on our power to consume the earth and its resources. While the original Torah verse spoke only of destroying fruit bearing trees, this Mitzvah, as many paradigmatic Biblical commandments, was extended way beyond its first meaning. So, Maimonides, in the Twelfth Century, ruled: “One who smashes household goods, tears clothes, demolishes a building, stops up a spring, or destroys food on purpose violates the command, ‘You must not destroy – Baal Tashchit.” (Mishneh Torah, Book of Judges, Laws of Kings and War, 6:10). We are created not to rule creation, but to preserve it and steward its rational, ethical use.
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Rabbi Weintraub’s Reflections on Social Issues
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

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