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March 6, 2024 | | Lior Zaltzman

This Podcast Uncovers a Famous Iranian Jewish Family’s Incredible Story

“In “The Nightingale of Iran,” two sisters attempt to solve the decades-long mystery of their family’s exit from Iran.”

Kveller digs into to the rabbi’s sisters podcast about the intriguing and mostly hidden history of Rabbi Dardashti’s family history in Iran.

Dan Klein and Jennifer Breznay's garden sukkah.October 3, 2023 | | Hannah Berman

A Look Inside Brooklyn’s Sukkot

“Sukkot is a week-long Jewish harvest holiday that requires participants to celebrate in handmade outdoor huts.”

Featuring our members Jenny Breznay and Dan Klein’s Sukkah.

September 15, 2023 | CBS New York | Hannah Kliger

UJA Federation teams up with local synagogues to bring Shofar Across Brooklyn

Rabbi Dardashti and long-time member Sarah Schmerler are featured in a piece about Shofar Over Brooklyn.

September 29, 2023 | New York Times | Amelia Nierenberg

The storm scrambles Sukkot plans, but Jews make room indoors

“The weather we’re experiencing is a reminder of precisely what Sukkot comes to teach — that life is precarious and unpredictable,” said Rabbi Michelle Dardashti of Kane Street Synagogue in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood.

The synagogue postponed plans to decorate and celebrate in a sukkah and canceled Friday evening services. “We don’t want anyone risking harm in traveling to the synagogue for these events,” Rabbi Dardashti said.

September 11, 2023 | New York Times | Marc Tracy

Americans Join Israelis Protesting Judicial Changes

“American Jews have been reluctant to join in demonstrations against Israel’s plans to overhaul its judiciary, but some are overcoming their resistance.”

…“American Jews are really accustomed to being asked to rally for Israel,” said Rabbi Michelle Dardashti of Brooklyn’s Kane Street Synagogue. “Being asked to reassess our relationship with Israel and to protest the government, and publicly — that’s foreign for American Jews.

May 16, 2023 | NY Jewish Week/Jewish Telegraphic Agency | NY Jewish Week Staff

NY Jewish Week’s 36 to Watch 2023

“Rabbi Michelle Dardashti, the first non-Orthodox Iranian-American pulpit rabbi in the United States, became rabbi at Kane Street Synagogue in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn beginning in June 2022.

July 24, 2023 | NY Jewish Week/Jewish Telegraphic Agency | Philissa Cramer

‘When there is a crisis over there … we feel it viscerally here’: New Yorkers march in solidarity with Israeli protesters

“For Rabbi Michelle Dardashti, the setting of the protest was particularly fitting. Earlier this month, she spoke at a rally outside the U.S. Consulate in Tel Aviv, delivering a message that she titled “We are the bridge.”

Dardashti had encouraged her congregants at Brooklyn’s Kane Street Synagogue to attend the rally, which was convened with short notice. One who responded to the invitation was Lisa Podemski, who said she had “mixed feelings” about participating in the protests, not because she supports the legislation but because she was afraid of inflaming anti-Israel sentiment, which she said was prevalent in her field as a public interest attorney.

“I’m not sure who this is for,” she said, questioning whether the prevalence of Hebrew made the protesters’ message inaccessible to others crossing the bridge. Still, she said, she had decided to come for one reason: “I’m a Zionist.””

December 9, 2022 | NY Jewish Week/Jewish Telegraphic Agency | Lisa Keys

Holocaust survivor and painter Frederick Terna dies at 99

“…Terna moved to New York in 1952 and began to infuse his art with textural elements. “Most of my work has some biblical reference,” Terna told the New York Jewish Week our “36 to Watch” questionnaire, “including stained glass windows in a synagogue in Panama and our own shul, the Kane Street Synagogue.””

June 15, 2022 | NY Jewish Week/Jewish Telegraphic Agency | Julia Gergely

Synagogue in a changing Brooklyn taps a ‘radical pluralist’ as its new rabbi

“Rabbi Michelle Dardashti will join Kane Street as the Senior Rabbi, after working as the associate chaplain at Brown and Rabbi at Brown-RISD Hillel since 2013.”

March 21, 2022 | The Brown Daily Herald | Grace Holleb

Rabbi Michelle Dardashti to leave Brown RISD Hillel after nine years of leadership

“During her tenure, Dardashti developed programs to bridge political differences among Jewish students.”

March 10, 2022 | Brooklyn Eagle | Brooklyn Eagle Staff

Kane Street Synagogue Names New Senior Rabbi

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“Rabbi Michelle Dardashti Integrates Multicultural Approach to Judaism”

June 21, 2021 | Jewish Women’s Archive | Max Modiano Daniel

The History of Sephardi and Mizrahi Women in the United States

“Among the first immigrants to the United States, the history and legacy of Sephardi and Mizrahi women has touched many facets of American and Jewish life.”

Featuring Rabbi Michelle Dardashti.

September 27, 2017 | Tablet Magazine | Gabriela Geselowitz

If You Like the Music at Brooklyn’s Hippest Shul, Thank Abe Lincoln

“How the Great Emancipator inspired the high holiday season’s trendiest tune.”

September 22, 2016 | Brooklyn Eagle | Francesca Norsen Tate

Two synagogues in Brooklyn receive Jewish Heritage Fund grants

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“Two Jewish Heritage Fund grants totaling $75,000 were awarded to historic synagogues in Brooklyn — a $50,000 grant to Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emis for the restoration of its masonry facades and structural repairs to its towers…”

May 5, 2015 | Brooklyn Eagle | Francesca Norsen Tate

Kane Street Synagogue gets $750K to restore façade

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“The Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust has awarded Kane Street Synagogue $750,000 to restore the façade, including the east and west towers, of its historic sanctuary. Synagogue member Amy Goldman Fowler, trustee of the trust, informed the synagogue of the award on March 27.”

October 16, 2013 | Ha’aretz | Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Conservative Movement Marks Centennial, Standing on Precipice of Change

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At the Centennial Conference of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, member and past president Vicky Vossen is interviewed.

September 3, 2013 | The Forward | Josh Nathan-Kazis

Rabbis Declare War on Chit-Chat in Synagogue

“Some people come to shul hoping to create a divine experience,” said Joey Weisenberg, music director at the Kane Street Synagogue, a Conservative congregation in Brooklyn. “Other people come to see their friends and hang out. Both of those things are important.”

June 4, 2013 | Tablet Magazine | Leonard Felson

A Brooklyn-Based Prayer Leader Heralds a Revolution in Jewish Music

“Joey Weisenberg’s music workshops—blending a democratic approach with a range of traditions—aim to boost engagement”

October 17, 2012 | The Jewish Week | George Robinson

Getting the Jews Up and Singing

“It’s a most unlikely place for a musical revolution, a studio tucked into an apartment building in a quiet block in Carroll Gardens, at the intersection of a residential neighborhood and a string of mom-and-pop stores of the sort Brooklyn still has in its quieter corners. Joey Weisenberg, whose studio (along with the dozens and dozens of musical instruments it contains) this is, is an unlikely revolutionary.”

December 20, 2009 |

10 Best Synagogues in New York City

(Archived version at the Wayback Machine)

October 7, 2009 | | Katia Kelly

New York State Governor Paterson Visits Kane Street Synagogue

Kane Street was delighted to host a number of community leaders and members of the press to a fun evening in our sukkah. Governor David Paterson smells the etrog as Rabbi Weintraub and a student watch. Music and story-telling followed.

August 1, 2004 | New York Times (Section 14, Page 4) | Jake Mooney

COBBLE HILL: THE WORDS — From the Distant Past, Tales of Cantors and Corpses

“ON Jan. 22, 1856, a group of Jewish men from Brooklyn gathered at the Myrtle Avenue home of a Mr. Ross to discuss their ”earnest desire” to found a religious community. Known as the Kane Street Synagogue, or Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emes, the institution they founded is still in operation in Cobble Hill.”

May 16, 1999 | New York Times (Section 1, Page 39) | Katherine E. Finkelstein

Ancient Rite, Modern Means

“The ”to do” lists the Stulbergs drew up for their youngest son’s bar mitzvah included a mixture of items, from standard and stressful to extraordinary and complex.”

September 9, 1998 | New York Times (Section B, Page 3) | Ari L. Goldman

New Rabbi, New Year: Pulpit Pressure Season

Yesterday, the rabbi went into seclusion.

With barely three days remaining before the start of Rosh ha-Shanah, Rabbi Debra Cantor left her home, locked her study and took refuge in a Brooklyn public library to write her sermons for the High Holy Days. ”It’s panic time,” she explained.

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