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236 Kane Street / Brooklyn, NY 11231 / 718 875-1550

Adult Education

Kane Street Synagogue is committed to teaching anyone who wants to explore Judaism. Our approach is pluralistic and informal. Our teaching materials are taken from the many voices of Jewish tradition; our goal is to create a passionate, caring community of learners.


Open Beit Midrash

The Beit Midrash (House of Study) has traditionally been the cultural center for creative spiritual conversation, a place to bring everyone together in an atmosphere of focused learning, energetic discussion and personal search.

Open Beit Midrash is our pioneering, informal Tuesday night learning academy. We explore Jewish texts and their relevance to contemporary personal and social issues with some of the most talented and sought-after Jewish educators in the country. Open Beit Midrash is for students at all levels, and all texts are studied in English translation

The Open Beit Midrash takes place on most Tuesday evenings from December through June.  The program is built around three-week mini-courses.  Course costs to be confirmed upon announcement of the roster. Per-course, and full subscriptions are available, as well as scholarships; please contact Rabbi Samuel H. Weintraub for more information.

Courses: Click here for a schedule and description of courses.
For more information, contact Joy Fallek at [email protected].


Mishneh Torah Community Study with Rabbi Jason Gitlin

Learn more about the study and sign-up to join the learning.

Following up on our recently completed year-long Pirkei Avot study, our community is now learning The Book of Knowledge from the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides. Sefer Ha-Madda (The Book of Knowledge) examines fundamentals of Jewish faith and life, and we will be studying its chapters on personal development, Torah study, and Teshuvah. (Study Sign-Up Sheet). The Mishneh Torah is Rambam’s masterwork and an authoritative code of Jewish law. The language, ideas, and insights in it are accessible and engaging, whether you are new to Jewish learning or have an extensive background. For more information or questions, contact Rabbi Jason Gitlin.


Our Jewish Life

Monthly Conversations on Contemporary Culture, Controversies, and Challenges

Free, leader led discussions on the third Thursday of every month, November through June, 10:30am-12:00pm in the Kane Street Chapel. Sponsored by Kane Street’s Hazak Group, for retirees and older members, but open to all.

Free. Refreshments served. Contact [email protected] for more information.


Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults

A 20-session course on Jewish life, thought, and practice, co-sponsored by Kane Street.

Fall 2020 Class starts Oct 21 and meets on Zoom; meets on Zoom in two sessions — on Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm  or Sunday evenings, 7:30-9:30pm (plus a virtual shabbat gathering with Union Temple).

Join this 20-session course on Jewish life taught by Rabbi Sue Oren. Explore Jewish thought, prayer and practice, learn about Jewish history and holidays, wrestle with inherited texts and contemporary issues, discuss Jewish views of God, ethics, life and death.

Course tuition is $425 plus $25 materials fee. For registration or questions, contact Rabbi Sue Oren at [email protected]

This class is co-sponsored by: Beloved, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, B’ShERT: Beth Shalom v’Emeth Reform Temple, Congregation Mount Sinai, East Midwood Jewish Center, Flatbush Jewish Center, Kane Street Synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives, Park Slope Jewish Center and Union Temple.

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