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Activities & Groups

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

Fall 2019 Book Club Selections and Discussion Dates

Wednesday, September 4: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

Wednesday, November 13: The One Facing Us by Ronit Matalon

Wednesday, December 18: Yekel by Abraham Cahan

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.

Next Discussion: Thursday, September 20 –  Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish, Jewish – Inadequate Language for a Changing World

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.

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


Community Cook Book

Kane Street Cooks: Tradition & Innovation
1 Part Tradition; 1 Part Innovation; All Parts Kane Street

Join us on a culinary journey. From dishes passed down like family heirlooms to showstoppers that create new traditions, we are collecting the recipes that have flavored community members homes and holidays. 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. 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. Our next walk:

  • Sunday, September 15, 1:30pm, High Holidays Visit to Washington Cemetery. Join Rabbi Jason for a walk through Brooklyn’s Washington Cemetery, where we’ll visit the graves of former Kane Street members and other notable burials, while also reflecting on the meaning of this seasonal tradition. Meet at the Cemetery Entrance, 5400 Bay Pkwy.

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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