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Activities & Groups

Kane Street Book Club

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 meet 7:00pm in the Kane Street Chapel. Come take part in thoughtful conversation over wine and light snacks. All are welcome.

2018-2019 Book Club Season

Thursday, October 11: The Assistant by Bernard Malamud

Wednesday, December 19: Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo

Wednesday, January 16, 2019: A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York

Wednesday, March 13: Call it Sleep by Henry Roth

Thursday, May 2 (day after Yom HaShoah): Dora Bruder by Patrick Modiano

Wednesday, June 19: Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua

Contact [email protected] for more information.

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 on the Third Thursday of every month from September-May, from 10:30am-noon in the Kane Street Chapel. Sponsored by Hazak. Upcoming conversations and topics.

Discussion topics from our last season 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.

We look forward to returning in the fall.

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

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. These walks are a wonderful way to meet new people and expand your Jewish journey. Contract Rabbi Jason Gitlin if you are interested in serving as a lead walker and helping to plan upcoming strolls. Here is our  Spring 2019 schedule:

All walks leave from Kane Street Synagogue after Shabbat Kiddush, at approximately 12:30pm.

  • Saturday, April 13, Fort Greene Park Tree Trail with Rabbi Jason Gitlin. Begin Passover’s celebration of spring, the season of freedom, with this walk to and along Fort Greene’s Park’s Tree Trail, including its blossoming magnolias, ending at the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument.
  • Saturday, June 1, Brooklyn Birding with Marisa Wohl
    A walk to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
  • Saturday, June 22, Jewish Sites of Downtown Brooklyn with Judy Greenwald. A tour of downtown Brooklyn Jewish history with Kane Street historian and archivist Judy Greenwald.

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.

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