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

Adult Education

Open Beit Midrash 5779/2018-19

Tuesday Evenings, October 16, 2018 to March 5, 2019
6:45-7:30pm – Dinner
7:30-9:00pm – Classes, Lectures, Demonstrations

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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.

Using the educational techniques of a traditional Yeshiva, but in a progressive, inclusive, Brownstone Brooklyn way, our study will center around tables, with provocative texts and helpful resources arrayed before the students.

The Kane Street Synagogue Open Beit Midrash is for learners of all levels. We value diversity. Come whether you have studied Jewish texts for 20 years, or are a complete novice. Madrichim, learning guides, will roam the Beit Midrash to welcome students and help them find an appropriate level of study.

Each Beit Midrash evening begins with dinner at 6:45pm, followed by various opportunities for Jewish learning (i.e. the “Beit Midrash”) at 7:30pm.

The Open Beit Midrash takes place on most Tuesday evenings (except for national holidays) from October 16, 2018 through March 5, 2019.  The program is built around three-week mini-courses.

Cost is $40 per three-week course, or you may purchase a Beit Midrash subscription for the year, $180 per person. Scholarships are available; contact Rabbi Samuel H. Weintraub.

Register for Open Beit Midrash online.

Download the new Open Beit Midrash brochure with full course descriptions.
For more general information, contact Joy Fallek at [email protected].


Bar Kochba: Rebel, Failure, Hero
with Dr. Aaron Koller
October 16, 23, and 30, 2018

The Torah of Health
with Dr. David Kraemer
November 6, 13, and 20, 2018

Our Greek Heritage
with Dr. Raymond Scheindlin
December 4, 11, and 18, 2018

Protest and Politcal Engagement In Israeli and Palestinian Poetry and Fiction
with Dr. Beverly Bailis
January 8, 15 and 22, 2019

Jewish Law, Science, Science Fiction and Fantasy — Going Beyond the Boundaries Of the Texts of Our Tradition
with Rabbi Jeffrey Fox
January 29, and February 5 and 12, 2019

Hagar in the Bible and Beyond
with Dr. Rabbi Barat Ellman
February 19 and 26, and March 5, 2019

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 and congregants.

5779 (2018-19) Schedule: October 6 and 20: Prayers at the Beginning of Service; November 3 and 17:  Shacharit/Barchu, Sh’ma; December 1 and 15: Shacharit/Amidah; January 5 and 19: Torah Service; February 2 and 16: Musaf; March 2 and 16: Concluding Prayers; April 6: The Passover Seder; May 11 and 25: Saying Kadddish

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.

Kick-off Event: (in conjunction with The Institute for Living Judaism in Brooklyn): The History of Zionism: with Prof. David Myers, Chair in Jewish History, UCLA, former President and CEO of the Center for Jewish History in NYC, on Sunday, November 4, 4:00-6:00pm, Kane Street Synagogue Community Room, $15 at the door.

First regular monthly “conversation”: Thursday, November 15, 10:30am, Kane Street Chapel, Topic: The Changing American-Jewish Commitment to Israel (a follow up of Nov. 4 program). Free. Refreshments served. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults

Co-sponsored by Kane Street and partnering congregations.

Fall 2018 semester Begins October 10
Class meets from 7:30-9:30pm in two sections: Wednesdays at East Midwood Jewish Center (Ocean Ave. btwn Aves. L & M) OR Sundays at Park Slope Jewish Center (8th Ave & 14th Street) First session for everyone: Wednesday, October 10 at East Midwood Jewish Center.

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. Led by Rabbi Sue Oren, in a warm and open environment.

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, Union Temple.

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