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

Upcoming Services

November 8 - 9, Shabbat Lech Lecha

Candle lighting 4:27pm

Friday Night Service 6:30pm

Shabbat Morning Service 9:15am

Youth & Family Services 11:00am

Shabbat ends 5:30pm

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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

A Shabbat of Mizrachi Synagogue Music & Political Updates

Friday, November 15, 6:30pm and Saturday, November 16, 1:15pm
Nerya Knafo, director of the Jewish Pluralism Watch of the Masorti Movement in Israel, will be sharing both his musical and political knowledge with us on Friday night and on Saturday following Kiddush. Nerya’s programs will serve as the central commemoration in our annual observance of the Day to Mark the Departure and Expulsion of Jews from the Arab countries and Iran. Read more about Nerya’s prayer leadership and activism.

Hebrew and the Jews: The Death and Rebirth of a National Language

Our pioneering, informal Tuesday night learning academy, Open Beit Midrash, begins its new season by exploring the death and rebirth of the Hebrew language with Dr. Aaron Koller on October 29 and November 5 and 12.
Registration is now open.
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.

Preschool Tours Now For 2020-21

Join us for a preschool tour!
Email our Preschool Director Rivka Seeman for more information. Please provide your preferred contact information and your child’s birth date.

A Gift to Our Community: the Kol Nidre Appeal

Today, Kane Street Synagogue is enjoying an extraordinary period of growth and renewal. At 163 years old, our community is still growing, and our strength lies in your commitment to Kane Street: your time, participation and support. Your Kol Nidre Appeal gift ensures that the diverse programs that make Kane Street such a dynamic community continue to thrive. Please consider making a Kol Nidre gift now.

Kane Street Readers

The One Facing Us by Ronit Matalon
Discussion: Wednesday, November 13, 7:00pm, Kane Street Chapel
Facilitated by Retired Brooklyn College Professor of English and American Literature, Julia Hirsch
In The One Facing Us Esther, seventeen years old, wild and rebellious, is sent from Israel to Cameroon to stay with her hardheaded uncle Sicourelle, who is charged with straightening her out. But Esther resists her uncle’s plans for her future–which include marriage to a cousin–and in the privileged indolence of postcolonial Africa, she looks to the past instead.
Contact [email protected] for more information.

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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


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

Michael Brown and Eric Garner – A Jewish Perspective


Torah text, the Tribe of Dan, Ferguson and Baltimore

ISIS, Refugees, and our Father Jacob

Family Separation

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