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Introduction to Wise Aging – Fall 2020

Those of us in our 60s, 70s and beyond can count ourselves as part of a history-making generation and pioneers in understanding how to make the most of our lives. The Wise Aging program provides support and resources to live the later years with spirit, resilience and wisdom.

We will explore some of the deep questions presented by this stage of our lives. We will be using stories, questions, scientific research and our personal reflections that enable us to come to new understandings about our lives, ourselves, and our values. Our discussions are informed by selected reading from the Bible, Talmud, Hassidic stories, and read together Wise Aging, written by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, who together developed the program that our group will follow.

Topics include:

  • Opportunity Paradigm
  • Exploring Attitudes Towards our Bodies
  • The River of Life: Reflecting on our past and creating our future
  • Cultivating Nourishing Relationships
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Living with Loss and Finding Light
  • Legacy and Stewardship

This group will meet for six 1½-hour sessions on Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm, from October 20 – November 24th, and will be limited to 12 participants. It will be led by Hedda Kafka, MPS, ATR, who has been leading groups professionally and voluntarily for over 40 years, Kane Street synagogue member for over 33 years. Interested participants should contact her at [email protected].


Kane Street Readers

Calling all readers. Join us as we dissect and discuss selections that deal with a variety of Jewish themes, perspectives, and characters. Our book club is facilitated by Julia Hirsch, a Kane Street member and retired Brooklyn College Professor of English and American Literature. All sessions are now meeting via Zoom. Come take part in thoughtful conversation over wine and light snacks. All are welcome. Check back for our next selection and discussion date.

Next Book Discussion: Waking Lions. Wednesday, October 21, 7:00-8:00pm on Zoom. After one night’s deadly mistake, a man will go to any lengths to save his family and his reputation in Waking LionsContact Book Club for more information.

Contact [email protected] for more information.


L’dor v’dor Oral History Project

This is an oral history project of Kane Street Synagogue that works to preserve and document the stories of our members and congregational history, as well as promote relationships between the multiple generations that make up our community.

Kane Street students, led by our Synagogue’s BBYO Chapter and in partnership with Hannah Senesh Community Day School, are interviewing and collecting the oral histories of our older members, asking them to share memories and reflections of their childhoods, relationship to Jewish life, and Kane Street experiences.

We will be presenting these oral histories – interviews between Interviewers and Storytellers — as the collection grows. Contact [email protected] for more information or to participate.


Our Jewish Life: Monthly Discussions on Contemporary Culture, Controversies and Challenges

Engage in community, conversation, and new ideas during these free leader-led discussions, held monthly on Thursdays. Sponsored by Hazak. Upcoming conversations and topics: Election Talk on Thursday, October 17, 10:30am on Zoom.

Discussion topics from the past year have included: What’s a Politically Liberal American Jew to Do?, Observations on Visiting Israel & the Palestinian Territories, the Jewish Mediterranean Diaspora, Anti-Semitism in 21st Century America, and The Changing American-Jewish Commitment to Israel.

For More information contact Our Jewish Life, an initiative of our Hazak Committee supporting activities especially for 60+ and retired community members.


Brooklyn Israel Film Festival

In January 2019, the Brooklyn Israel Film Festival at Kane Street Synagogue marked its 15th year presenting the best of new Israeli cinema. The Festival features six compelling films for adults and children, showcases the best and brightest Israeli filmmakers, and takes a deep dive into the many experiences of Israeli life.

ï?½ Click here for last year’s Lineup, Showtimes, and Tickets

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The Mensch Squad

The Mensch Squad is an important part of the Kane Street community. Mensch Squad volunteers support members of the community in times of need, whether due to a happy occasion, like the birth of a child, or a sad occasion, like illness or the death of a loved one. The Mensch Squad is here to provide meals, visit you in the hospital, take you to an appointment, or pick up a prescription. Just send us a message.

The Mensch Squad is also looking for more mensches to join our ranks. We will include you when we send out a group email looking for volunteers to respond to a particular request and keep you updated on planning efforts.

To join the Mensch Squad volunteers, please contact Mensch Squad volunteer coordinator Julia Hirsch at [email protected]. If you prefer, you may first contact Rabbi Samuel H. Weintraub.


Kane Street Cooks

1 Part Tradition; 1 Part Innovation; All Parts Kane Street

From dishes passed down like family heirlooms to showstoppers that create new traditions, we’re collecting the recipes that have flavor community members homes and holidays. Recognizing that most of us are now devoting more time to preparing meals, we’re releasing submitted recipes on a rolling basis to community members by email so we can more regularly help one another with meal ideas and provide some comfort food for a difficult time. We are inviting all Kane Street community members to submit one or more recipes for a forthcoming Kane Street Synagogue Cookbook. Learn more about our cookbook initiative and how to participate.


Kane Street Walkers

Join other pedestrian seekers as we take to the sidewalks and green spaces of Brooklyn. Our mostly Shabbat walks explore local parks, history, and Jewish sites, in the spring and fall. These walks are a wonderful way to meet new people and expand your Jewish journey. Contact Rabbi Jason Gitlin if you are interested in serving as a lead walker and helping to plan upcoming strolls.

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