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Kane Street Synagogue Celebrates its 167th Anniversary

Every year in June, we join together to mark another year in the life of our beloved synagogue, while honoring a member of the Kane Street community whose leadership has moved our congregation forward. We are happy to announce that this year, our honorees for the 167th Anniversary of the Congregation of Kane Street Synagogue are Hedi Hruby & Jill Rose.

We are also honored to dedicate this year’s Journal to Fred Terna, of blessed memory, who passed away in December aged 99.

We encourage you to participate in our Annual Commemorative Journal, which serves both as a permanent and historical record of our Congregation—copies are archived at the Brooklyn Historical Society—but also as an opportunity to celebrate our community: our simchas, successes, celebrations, sad losses, of course to honor our honorees, Jill and Hedi, and to celebrate Fred’s life; please read about them below.

Come and fête our honorees at Kane Street’s annual Anniversary Celebration
on Thursday, June 15 at 7:00pm
Tickets are available now at

Hedi Hruby

Hedi is a fifth generation Brooklynite. She has been a member of the Kane Street community since 2006, first as a Kane Street Kids parent, then as a Hebrew School parent, culminating in the B’nei Mitzvah of her daughter Shae and son Irving.

Hedi HrubyHedi served on the Finance Committee since 2013: as Financial Secretary on the Executive Committee for the 2013-14 and 2020-22 fiscal years, and as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee 2017-2020. She has been a Trustee since 2012 and has in past years served on the Nominating Committee and the Personnel Committee. Hedi joined the Hebrew School Committee in 2010, and served as co-chair of the 2012 Auction.

Professionally, Hedi is a senior director of financial planning at Viacom, with a focus on the company’s media networks division. Hedi lives in Carroll Gardens with her children Shae, who began at Chapman University in California this past year, and Irving—a high school Junior—and their dog Scout.

Jill Rose

Jill and her husband Todd joined Kane Street Synagogue in 2002.

Jill RoseJill served on the Hebrew School Committee for several years, beginning in 2006, when her oldest child first enrolled in Hebrew School classes. She later joined the Board of Trustees, where she served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee from 2020-22 and Financial Secretary from 2014-20.

Jill has a finance/accounting background and has worked as an auditor as well as a Financial Budgeting Manager for several large corporations, including Avon, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Revlon. She also served on the Brooklyn Friends School Finance Committee for eight years. Currently she is a partner in a property management business with her sister-in-law and continues to volunteer at her children’s schools. Jill lives in the Cobble Hill area with her husband and three children, Jake, a current high schooler, Jessie, a college student and Mathew who will be attending law school in the fall.

Frederick Terna, zikhrono livrakha
October 8, 1923–December 8, 2022

Fred Terna, z

Fred Terna (October 8, 1923–December 8, 2022) was a Holocaust survivor and painter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Terna was born in Vienna, and lived in Prague from 1926-1940. From 1941-1945, he was an inmate in German concentration camps, among them Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and Dachau. Terna moved to Paris in 1946 and informally studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and the Academie Julien, where he was inspired by the work of the Cubists and post-Impressionists.

After settling in New York in 1952, Terna elaborated on the prevailing modes of Abstract Expressionism with a personal style that infused textural elements into his compositions. Using folded canvas, sand, and pebbles, Terna sought to activate the tactile senses, layering fields of depth and creating visual tricks. Terna’s canvases seek to address the psychological space of trauma, often incorporating the charged symbols of chimneys and ash to abstract effect.

Over the course of his 60-year career, Terna lectured extensively and exhibited his work in numerous solo and group shows. His work is included in a variety of private and public collections including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Albertina Collection, Vienna, Austria; The Ghetto Fighters’  House, Western Galilee, IL; and Yad Vashem Museum, Jerusalem, IL.

167th Anniversary Celebration

Mark your calendar to join us for our upcoming gala event: the 167th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday evening, June 15 at 7:00pm.

We will be recognizing Hedi Hruby & Jill Rose at the celebration, whose leadership on in areas of finance during their tenures as Treasurer and Financial Secretary on the Board of Trustees guided us through several challenging years, and celebrating the life of Fred Terna, z”l, whose long life, wisdom and art enriched our community and the world .
We’re so excited about the opportunity to gather together as a community.

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