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

Family Programs

“And you shall teach them diligently to your children”

Deuteronomy 6:7

At Kane Street Synagogue, we know that some of the most powerful, lasting Jewish memories kids have are made with their families. We develop programming that we hope will be memorable, enjoyable, educational and celebratory. We strive to help parents and children come to see Kane Street Synagogue as a home away from home, a place where adults and kids feel they can enrich their own lives and learn more about the world around them.

For more information about any of the family programs please contact Director of Education & Family Programming Rabbi Valerie Lieber.

Shabbat and Holidays

Most every Shabbat morning during the school year we hold family services, beginning with our Birkat HaYeladim-Children’s Blessing at 11:00am in the Main Sanctuary, followed by three services in the upper floors of the Goldman Educational Center. The entire building is filled with the sound of singing, laughter and learning. We have services for every age range so that kids can get engaged with a group of peers, express their joys, wonder and doubts.

Mini Minyan

Up to age 5, accompanied a grown-up
11:00-11:45am, 3rd Floor
A warm, interactive family Shabbat experience with singing, stories, a Torah parade, prayers and movement. We conclude with a Kiddush over challah and grape juice. Kids and parents are then invited to join the whole congregation in the sanctuary. Meets weekly during the school year.
Led by Landon Braverman, our Hebrew School’s Music Director.

Kinder Minyan

Kindergarten-Grade 2
Saturday mornings during the school year, 11:00am-12:15pm, 2nd Floor Classroom
A high energy family service with a story, singing, a beautiful, colorful siddur for prayers, and lots of learning. Each week we join the older children at 11:45 to share a Torah service or dramatic re-enactment of the weekly Torah portion. Meets weekly during the school year. Is on summer break July and August, returning first Shabbat of September.
Led by Landon Braverman, our Hebrew School’s Music Director.

Minyan Noar

Grades 3-6
Saturday mornings during the school year, 11:00am-12:15pm, Chapel, 2nd Floor
A joyful and contemplative family service which helps children begin to navigate Siddur Sim Shalom that we use in the main sanctuary. We sing, learn the traditional choreography of prayers, discuss the themes of prayers and the Torah portion, and enjoy a weekly Torah service or dramatic re-enactment of the weekly Torah portion.
Led by Rabbi Val and Melissa Zimmerman

Shul is Cool: Welcoming Shabbat with Food and Friends 

Currently on hiatus, due to the pandemic

Bi-monthly, Sanctuary and Community Room
An early kid-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by a light buffet dinner that is sponsored by community members and our Young Families Committee. Services begin at 5:15pm, followed by light dinner. Led by Rabbi Val Lieber and Hebrew School Music Director Landon Braverman. If you are attending the chapel service at 6:30pm, please stop by, say hello and sample a tasty bite. Contact Rabbi Val Lieber for information or to co-sponsor an upcoming evening.

Family Services during the High Holidays

Children and their families are invited to attend our family services and activities for Mini Minyan, Kinder Minyan, Minyan Noar and our Teen Service, which feature age-appropriate prayers, stories, songs, discussions, and hands-on activities that explore of the meaning of the High Holidays.

Additionally, on Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim , Passover, and other holidays, we hold big events like a Sukkah Decorating Party, a Chanukah Party with a puppet show, a Purim Carnival with games, face painting, a concert and more.

Bialy Rock

Children 8- to 30-months, with a caregiver
Fridays: 10.00-10:45am
Our weekly music class, sing-a-long and puppet show. Led by Ora Fructher, children and adults spend 45 minutes learning Jewish songs for Shabbat and holidays, along with some fun tunes with a smattering of Hebrew. Watch a video of one of our favorite songs!
Bialy Rock schedule registration is available online or contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber.

Kane Street Sundays: Open Play

Kids play. Parents Connect.

Come and join us with your infants, toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy a big open place to play. It is a terrific venue for parents to spend time with friends and meet new people.

Sundays, November-Passover
9:00am-12:00pm, Community Rooom
Bagels, coffee, fresh fruit and other snacks.

$10 session, in cash at the door

PJ Library at Kane Street Synagogue

Every month hundreds of children in Brooklyn eagerly await the mail carrier, “Did I get my mail? Did i get my mail?” they ask. they are not referring to letters from grandparents, candy or toys. They are waiting for the monthly book they get from PJ Library at Kane Street Synagogue.

Any family from the neighborhoods near the synagogue with a child age 6 months to 8 years old can sign up to receive a free Jewish-themed book each month for their children. We send books to families in Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Red Hook, Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown, Park Slope, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace, Kensington and Ditmas.

We also hold special book-related events during the year for our PJ Library families like our Applesauce Meet & Greet for toddlers and their parents on Rosh Hashanah, and challah baking events to go with some of our favorite books.

Register for PJ Library

L’Tzedek Service Learning

Our 6th and 7th Graders and their families put the values they learn into action in our L’Tzedek programs. Kids who attend Jewish Day School and students in the Hebrew School learn together and participate in 6-8 experiences over the school year doing tikkun olam (repair of the world). Parents and siblings often join them.

We plant and week and paint in a garden which serves a women’s shelter for those with mental illness in East New York while learning about the value of greenery on the psyche and considering the difference between privilege and lack thereof. We host one model Passover seder for the elderly and ill at a nearby nursing home and another for Muslim children who are part of a neighhboorhood mosque. We learn the value of bikkur cholim (visiting the sick) and showing respect for the elderly in one instance. In the other, we consider how to share our Jewish customs with people from a different culture and religion, and what we can learn from them. We serve a nutritious dinner to the hungry and homeless at the Hebrew Union College Soup Kitchen and learn about the traditions in Judaism of reaching out to the hungry. We collect cast off clothing from runners at the start of the New York Marathon and help sort and save it for distribution to the poor through Goodwill. We consider how we can be like the ancient prophets who pursued justice. We participate with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to work at Clean and Green Days, planting and painting while we consider our role in the preservation of our planet.

By the spring of 5th grade, those families join us for a couple of service learning experiences.

Yom Siddur

In November each year, our 3rd Graders receive their very own copy of Siddur Sim Shalom. They are called to the bima in the sanctuary and we have a short ceremony. Each year children get inspired by this gift to learn new prayers and become more familiar with the prayer book.

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