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December 6 and 7, Shabbat Vayetzei

Candle lighting 4:07pm

Friday Night Service 6:30pm

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

Shabbat ends 5:10pm

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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 Mickey Dobbs, 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. Enrollment is available online for the 2019-20 school year. Or for more information contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber at 718.875.1550, ext 2005.

News and Upcoming Events

GivingTuesday 2019: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (in the Kane Street Garden!)

This fall, we celebrated the newly-restored façade of our historic sanctuary. With our beautiful building in full view, we are excited to turn our attention to renewing our garden, our #GivingTuesday 2019 project.

Help us ensure that our garden reflects Kane Street’s sense of community and commitment to the world around us. Our Tucky Druker Garden was named in 1994 in memory of a dedicated member who was among those who brought about the Synagogue’s renaissance in the 1970s. Over the years, the garden has beautified our streetscape and hosted programs, celebrations and opportunities for service.

Your #GivingTuesday 2019 gift will ensure that the garden will once again blossom and serve our congregation and our neighborhood!

Make your GivingTuesday Gift now!


Brooklyn Israel Film Festival

Announcing the 16th Annual Brooklyn Israel Film Festival

January 2020 will mark the 16th anniversary of the Brooklyn Israel Film Festival at Kane Street Synagogue!

The 2020 Festival features four compelling films, which showcase the best and brightest Israeli filmmakers, and takes a deep dive into the many experiences of Israeli life. Mark your calendars for January 23, 25, and 26.

Last Year we sold out early!
Purchase your Festival Tickets soon!

$18 per ticket, or $36 for an advance purchase series pass to see all three films. Series passes and single first night tickets include admission to our Opening Night Reception. $28 Family Night Ticket is for January 26 screenings only, includes admission for 1 adult + 1 child. Click here for more information.


Open Beit Midrash: Body & Soul: Current Questions in Jewish Bioethics

November 19, 26 and December 3 with Rabbi Daniel Nevins of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards who has been focusing his research on topics related to bioethics and technology.

Click here to Register

Sessions begin with dinner at 6:45pm, followed by learning from 7:30-9:00pm. Read more about this course and view the Open Beit Midrash brochure with full course descriptions. For more information, please contact Joy Fallek.

Open Beit Midrash is our pioneering, informal Tuesday night learning academy. We explore Jewish texts and their relevance to contemporary personal and social issues with some of the most talented and sought-after Jewish educators in the country. Open Beit Midrash is for students at all levels, and all texts are studied in English translation.

Sessions are held Tuesday evenings from October to March 6. Each course is three sessions. Class is from 7:30-9:00pm, and we offer dinner (included in the registration fee) from 6:45-7:30pm.


Preschool Tours Now Available for the 2020-21 School Year

Kane Street Kids

Email our Preschool Director Rivka Seeman for more information. Please provide your preferred contact information and your child’s birth date. Or fill out your application here.


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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

A High Holiday Message from Rabbi Sam Weintraub

T’shuva and its Processes: As the Jew Turns

Self-assessment, the review of our behavior, outlook and relationships, is something we do all the time. We have family meetings, professional reviews, psychotherapy sessions, etc. Part of normal, regular life is taking stock. Every evening, before I pray the bedtime Sh’ma, I meditate on my past day. What is so special about the t’shuva, the self-reckoning, which is the unique feature of the period around Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?

To begin with, it involves a more fundamental analysis. The very fact that the review we undertake day to day is normal and routine makes it susceptible to distortion. We neatly divide our behavior and qualities—positive, negative, constructive, debilitating—but the fact that the review is squeezed into the hurly burly of daily life makes a deeper look difficult. Often, we assess our conduct as we go over our financial accounts. We check to make sure that the bottom line is secure, that things are going on as they were before, but with no consideration of the values, anxieties and aspirations motivating the whole. So, the review may reinforce fundamental errors.

The t’shuva of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur encourages us not just to note misdemeanors, but to probe for deep, underlying corruptions. Maimonides in particular wrote that in t’shuva we should examine our destructive behavior not just by its external consequences but by the inner sin, the basic personality defect, which first motivated it.

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Rabbi Weintraub’s Reflections on Social Issues

After El Paso and Dayton: A service of Remembrance, Reflection and Re-commitment

Shavuot 5779 Message

Confronting American Anti-Semitism

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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