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

Upcoming Services

October 18 - 19, Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot

Candle lighting 5:52pm

Friday Night Service 6:30pm

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

Shabbat ends 6:55pm

Sunday Oct 20 Hoshanna Rabbah Morning Service 9:00am
Shemini Atzeret Candle Lighting 5:49pm

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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

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.

Upcoming Festivities

Sukkot With Kane Street

Wednesday, October 16
Kinder Rescue Program and Sukkot Dinner
Kane Street Synagogue Sukkah & Community Room 6:00pm
Congregant Bob Marx shares with the entire community, but especially Kane Street’s children and their families, an exhibit about the Kloster Indersdorf convent that became a temporary home for hundreds of displaced children in the immediate aftermath of World War II, and the story of his own father’s time as a teacher there. Please sign up.

Thursday, October 17
Women’s Night in the Sukkah
Kane Street Synagogue Sukkah 7:00-8:30pm
sponsored by the Kane Street Shvesterhood
Our program is women sittin’ around eatin’, drinkin’, and shmoozin’! 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. RSVP.

Friday, October 18
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.

Sunday, October 20, 12:00-1:30pm
Sukkot Social Justice Jamboree
Justice Songs, Tikkun Olam Teachings, Community Action
Come learn about what our social justice community has been up to. Cantor Sarah will lead us in song and Rabbis Sam, Val, and Jason will share brief teachings. RSVP to join.

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.

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.

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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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