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

Upcoming Services

Yom Kippur September 18 - 19

Kol Nidre: Main Sanctuary & Alternate Service 6:30pm
Morning Services: Main Sanctuary 8:30am; Alternate Service 7:45am; Mini Minyan, 9:30-11:00am; Kinder Minyan, 12:30-1:30pm;  Minyan Noar, 11:15am-12:15pm; Teen Service, 12:30-1:30pm
Mincha: Main Sanctuary & Alternate Service 5:15pm Neilah: Main Sanctuary & Alternate Service 6:40pm; Shofar Blowing & Fast ends 7:40pm. Full schedule of services

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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 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 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

High Holidays at Kane Street

UPDATE: The Alternate Services will no longer be held at the Mary McDowell School on Bergen Street. If you have tickets for that service, please make your way to 236 Kane Street. Those services will now be held in the Community Room of the Goldman Educational Center.

Please note that the schedule of Family Services have changed. Please refer to our full schedule for updated times.

We welcome all members, their guests, and the wider community to join us at High Holiday services, as well as our many activities throughout the season. If you will be joining us on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, please complete the High Holiday ticket request, which is for members as well as the wider community.


New Year Apple & Nature Walk
Sunday, September 16, from 10:30am-12:00pm
Prospect Park Picnic House to the Nature Explorers Area
Get into the holiday spirit by joining Kane Streeters, both young and young at heart, in Prospect Park for a short New Year nature walk with Rabbi Jason. We will begin with apple tasting next to the Prospect Park Picnic House at 10:30am and end our walk at the The Donald And Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area. Please RSVP if you plan to join and and contact Rabbi Jason Gitlin with any questions.
Sukkot with Kane Street

Sunday, September 23
Sukkah Decorating Party
Community Room 10:30am-12:00pm
For ages 1-5
Everyone can fulfill the mitzvah of building and decorating the sukkah. Join us for crafts, and an incredible interactive drumming program with Musical IQ. $20 per family. Sign up.

Sukkot Family Celebration & Dinner
Community Room 4:30-6:15pm
Ages 4-12
Celebrate Sukkot with songs, stories, interactive games, prayers, and a chance to wave the lulav and etrog. A casual kid-friendly dinner will be served. Please sign up.

Thursday, September 27
10th Annual Women’s Night in the Sukkah
Kane Street Synagogue Sukkah 7:00-8:30pm
Eating, drinking, and shmoozing, sponsored by the Kane Street Shvesterhood. Please bring an uplifting attitude and a dairy or pareve dish to share, or a bottle of wine. We can’t use the kitchen to heat/prepare food. Contact Shvesterhood co-chair Judith Gottfried with questions.

Friday, September 28
Singing in the Sukkah/Potluck Dinner
Kane Street Synagogue Sukkah after services
Celebrate Sukkot with music and food. Please bring a dairy or pareve dish, which must be prepared in advance. Food will not be allowed in the synagogue kitchen.

Saturday, September 29, 2:00-4:00pm
Sukkah Hop
A terrific chance to get to know fellow congregants by either hosting them in your sukkah or visiting other members’ sukkot by taking a lovely stroll through our surrounding neighborhoods. Locations TBA by email.

Register New Students Now for Hebrew School

Complete Registration here.
Have your children join a stimulating and welcoming atmosphere that makes Judaism come alive for students from all types of Jewish backgrounds. Our Hebrew School encourages open questioning and helps students and their families find their own personal meaning in our rich Jewish traditions. Many parents also find great comfort knowing that their children will maintain friendships with the same group of children over many years at Kane Street, even if they go to different schools during the day. Register now or contact Hebrew School Director Rabbi Valerie Lieber for more information or if you have questions.


Kane Street Kids: Enroll for the 2018-19 school year

Our Kane Street Kids preschool has openings for the 2018-19 school year. We embrace families from all backgrounds and cultivate a connection to Jewish traditions and values. Our classroom teachers are warm and nurturing, and provide an environment where children can grow and develop cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically. For more information or to tour the school, contact Preschool Director Rivka Seeman.


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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

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Rabbi Sam Weintraub

A message from Rabbi Weintraub

“Hello. This is G-d.” Listening around Rosh Hashanah

We’ve all blurted it out at times. We have stood at the bedside as a dear one passed away, or witnessed the birth of our child, or seen a breath taking vista while hiking, or experienced the peak of sexual ecstasy, and cried “Oh G-d! Oh G-d!”.

Then, almost as soon as it’s out, what the Rabbis called kateigor, our internal, prosecuting attorney chimes in: “What, that old man in the sky with a beard that you stopped believing in years ago! C’mon,with all the suffering in the world, you still believe in that! The G-d who commands this and forbids that! You take that seriously!”

All the objections, all the theological discussion and intellectual reflection about G-d has its place. But fundamentally the challenge is not one of the intellect. We have, more immediately, our experience, moments of rage or wonder or bliss that bring us close to the Center of the Universe and cannot be denied.

Unless you have a regular spiritual practice, it’s likely that after these experiences you go back to default, the world of meetings and deadlines and payments and promotions and dinners and parties and hobbies and exercise. G-d is Alive and Present in all of this, but we don’t have the tools to access Her. So our wonder or rage or yearning, what my teacher Reb Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, of blessed memory, called “the pull toward the All”, go on. But when we feel it, we first try to ignore it. If it remains persistent, we reach for a pill or go to the fridge or plan our next weekend “get away”.

We come together on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur because that stubborn G-d voice inside us, what our tradition calls our neshama, our soul, won’t let us settle. The soul inside us is a spark of G-d, and as G-d endlessly renews life, so we have an inner urge for inventiveness, for meaning.
Read Rabbi Weintraub’s full message

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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

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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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