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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 October through March.  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 of last year’s courses, or download the the Open Beit Midrash brochure with full course descriptions. For more information, contact Joy Fallek at [email protected].

Pirkei Avot Community Study

Who is the wise one? One who learns from all people… Pirkei Avot 4:1
Learn more about the study and sign-up to join the learning.

Since March, 2019, our community has been engaged in community-wide learning of Pirkei Avot (Wisdom of Our Sages), a compilation of Rabbinic teachings from the Mishna on leading a good and  meaningful life. It’s s treasure of our tradition whose ideas and insights are accessible and enlightening to all learners, whether you have never before engaged in Jewish learning or have an extensive background. You can sign up to join one of our study groups led by Rabbi Jason Gitlin, form your own study group, learn with your family, or ask us to connect you with other learners.

Throughout the study, we will also offer a few opportunities for all the study groups to gather together to learn from a guest scholar on Pirkei Avot and celebrate their accomplishments together. Learn more about the study and learning schedule. For more information or questions, contact Rabbi Jason Gitlin.

Shabbat Morning Learners’ Service

Want help navigating and building a deeper relationship to the Shabbat morning service? Our Learners’ Service offers a space to learn about the Shabbat morning service (its structure, themes, and rituals), explore your questions and pray slowly together. Led by Rabbi Jason Gitlin (contact for questions) and congregants.

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.

Spring 2020 Class start May 6 and meets on Zoom.

Co-Sponsored by Kane Street and Rabbi Sue Oren, Instructor & Coordinator
Join this 20-session course on Jewish life. 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.

Shavuot Across Brooklyn

Dozens of Learning Sessions Mark Community-wide Shavuot Celebration
Co-sponsored by Kane Street Synagogue & Partner Organizations

Saturday, May 28, Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place

Kane Street again co-sponsors this community wide Tikkun featuring a wide variety of traditional and creative learning opportunities. Study sessions will run from late afternoon (before candle lighting) into the night.  Schedule TBA.

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