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

Upcoming Services

September 20 - 21, Shabbat Ki Tavo

Candle lighting 6:37pm

Friday Night Service 6:30pm

Shabbat Morning Service 9:15am
Learners’ Service 10:00am
Youth & Family Services 11:00am

Shabbat ends 7:40pm

Sunday Minyan 9:00am
(please note change of location to 8 Remsen Street, Apt 5)

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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

Register or Purchase Tickets for High Holidays Services at Kane Street

Tickets are now available for High Holiday Services at Kane Street.

Go to kanestreet.org/high-holidays-schedule to see the Lu’ach of services and activities.
Go to kanestreet.org/high-holidays-tix to register for or purchase tickets!


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.


Preparing your Prayers & Heart for the Holidays

Meeting, Meditation and Music
Sundays September 8, 15, 22, 10:30am – 12:00pm with Rabbi Sam Weintraub and Cantor Sarah Myerson.

The High Holy Days give us some of the most beautiful and stirring melodies of our culture and tradition, but they only come once a year. Join together with refreshments at 10:00am and will then gather together in the chapel to reflect, learn and sing from 10:30am until Noon. Please join us in preparation for this most sacred time. Contact Rabbi Weintraub and Cantor Sarah with any questions or comments.

Learners’ Service: From Siddur to Mahzor, Inside the Order and Structure of the High Holiday Prayerbook
Shabbat mornings (twice monthly), 10:00-11:00am in the Chapel
September 7, September 21, October 5 with Rabbi Jason Gitlin
During the month of Elul, our Learners’ Service will focus on the similarities and differences between the liturgy and structure of the prayer services found in our regular prayerbook and the special Holiday Holidays Mahzor.

Visiting Graves Before the High Holidays with Kane Street Walkers
Sunday, September 15, 1:30pm, Washington Cemetery
Join us for a walk through Brooklyn’s Washington Cemetery. We’ll visit the graves of former Kane Street members, and other notable burials, as Rabbi Jason helps us reflect on the meaning of this seasonal tradition. We will meet at the cemetery entrance at 5400 Bay Parkway (right outside the Avenue I stop on the F Train). Contact Rabbi Jason Gitlin for more information.

The Shofar Calls: Sunday Morning Minyan
Sunday mornings, 9:00am, Chapel
The month of Elul is a wonderful time to join our weekly Sunday Minyan. Throughout the month, we blow the Shofar to announce the coming of the Days of Awe and calling us personally to take stock of our lives.


Preschool Open House

Information and introductions for prospective families!
Thursday, September 26, 6:30pm wine & cheese, 7:00 – 8:00pm presentation with Q & A to follow.
RSVP here. For more information please contact Preschool Director Rivka Seeman
Submit an application for 2020-2021 here.
Download the flyer here.


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

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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