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Jewish Laws and Teachings about Death, Mourning, and Consolation

Two-part Workshop with Rabbi Sam Weintraub
Sundays, March 3rd and 10th, 11:00am–12:30pm
Again and again, people who suffer bereavement say that they wish they had been better prepared, practically, emotionally and spiritually, for their loss. These sessions will help you confront the inevitable death of dear ones and explore customs, rituals, and perspectives surrounding a dying person, burial, shiva and more.  RSVP so that we can plan properly. Contact Rabbi Weintraub for more information.

Open Beit Midrash: Hagar in the Bible and Beyond with Dr. Rabbi Barat Ellman

February 19 and 26 and March 5
The Egyptian maid-servant of Sarah and Abraham, and the mother of Abraham’s first son, is one of only two women with whom God speaks and the only woman to receive a divine promise of peoplehood. But who is Hagar? We’ll explore Torah, midrash, the New Testament, the Qur’an, and modern commentary to see how our understanding of this “marginal” character has evolved.

Open Beit Midrash is our pioneering, informal Tuesday night learning academy. Download the new Open Beit Midrash brochure with full course descriptions. Register Now. For more information contact Joy Fallek.

Pirkei Avot Community-wide Study

On March 1, we begin a half-year community-wide learning of Pirkei Avot (Wisdom of Our Sages), a compilation of ethical teachings and sayings whose ideas and insights are accessible and enlightening to all learners, whether you have never before engaged in Jewish learning or have an extensive background.

Sign up to join a study group, learn with your family, or ask us to connect you with other learners. Read more about the learning and schedule. On Shabbat afternoon, March 2, we’ll offer An Introduction to Pirkei Avot, and study of the first mishna, with Rabbi Jason Gitlin and Miryam Wasserman, following Kiddush at approximately 12:30pm in the Chapel.

Kane Street Book Club


Call it Sleep by Henry Roth
Discussion on Wednesday, March 13, 7:00pm
Having sold-to-date millions of copies worldwide, Call It Sleep is the magnificent story of David Schearl, the “dangerously imaginative” child coming of age in the slums of New York. Discussion facilitated by retired Brooklyn College Professor of English and American Literature, Julia Hirsch. View this year’s selections and discussion dates. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Shabbat Learners’ Service February 23

Music Director Judith Berkson joins us on the 23 to teach and lead Amidah melodies. For those who want help navigating the Shabbat morning service, our twice monthly Learners’ Service offers a space to learn about the service, explore your questions and pray slowly together. Led by Rabbi Jason Gitlin and congregants. See schedule for year.

Sundays Open Play Season

Weekly open play and music from 9:00am – 12:00pm for families with kids age 4 and younger. Sundays through March 2019
Join us with your infants, toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy a big open place to play. It is a terrific venue for parents to spend time with friends and meet new people over coffee, bagels and fruit. Includes two music sets each session led by program director and song leader Lauren Demby. Register for sessions now!

Applications Now Open for 2019 Bronfman Fellowship

Every year 26 outstanding North American teens are selected as Bronfman Fellows. The highlight of the Fellowship is a free, transformative and intellectually adventurous summer in Israel where fellows engage in thought-provoking study and conversation and make lifelong friends with a pluralistic group of peers. Applicants mush be in 11th grade, self-identify as Jewish and live in the U.S. or Canada. The deadline to apply is November 30. For more information please contact Ava or call 518-475-7212. Click here to apply now.

Bialy Rock Music Class for Infants & Toddlers is Back!

Every Friday 10:00am to 10:45am, Kane Street Chapel, 2nd Floor
Children with a caregiver sing, dance and play instruments. Leader Ora Fruchter leads the songs accompanied by guitar and entertains children with her puppet named Ketchup. Songs are in English and Hebrew, and run the gamut from children’s standard American folk songs to Jewish holiday songs. Bialy Rock is a fun way to bond with your child or grandchild in a Jewish context and it is an excellent way to enrich your child’s musical development. Please sign up on-line at kanestreet.org/bialy-rock $25 per class for drop-ins. We have heavily discounted multi-class packs for members: 6 sessions for $70; 12 sessions for $130 for non-members: 6 sessions for $125; 12 sessions for $225
For more information, please contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber.

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.


Kane Street Kids: Apply for the 2019-20 school year

Our Kane Street Kids preschool is now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2019-20 school year. We embrace families from all backgrounds and cultivate a connection to Jewish traditions and values. Our classroom teachers are warm and nurturing, and provide an environment where children can grow and develop cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically. For more information or to tour the school, contact Preschool Director Rivka Seeman.


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