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

Life Cycle

Membership in the Kane Street Synagogue congregation comes with an extended family with which to share life cycle events. Our community offers love and support in times of sorrow and joy. Please contact Rabbi Michelle Dardashti for guidance on matters of ritual practice. While there is no fee for members for these services, it is customary to make a donation to the Synagogue or to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund. Speak with Executive Director Mickey Dobbs about details such as rentals, caterers, catering policy, Kashruth policy, etc.

Brit Milah and Simcha Bat
Families often hold these simchas in the Sanctuary or Chapel, followed by a reception in the Community Room. Brit Milah (circumcision of baby boys) is held on the eighth day following the birth. Simchat Bat, the naming of baby girls, is held during a Shabbat morning Torah service in the weeks following the birth. It is customary for families to sponsor Kiddush after services.

B’nei Mitzvah
B’nei Mitzvah ceremonites are held in our Sanctuary on Shabbat mornings and are a joyous occasion when the family comes together with our entire congregation to celebrate the B’nei Mitzvah child. Kane Street has celebrated B’nei Mitzvah since our beginnings, and our records contain the names of Bar Mitzvah going back to the 1860s as well as Bat Mitzvahs since the 1970s!

Bar and Bat Torah
The Synagogue also sponsors special Shabbat morning ceremonies for adults who either did not have B’nei Mitzvahs as children, or who wish to re-commit themselves to Torah and a Jewish life as adults. Celebrants prepare Torah and Haftarah readings, and teach from the Bimah.

Rabbi Michelle Dardashti will officiate at the marriage of a Jewish couple at Kane Street Synagogue or other sites. Couples need not be members of the Congregation, but are encouraged to join the community.

B’rit Rei’ut
The Covenant of Loving Partners: LGBTQIA+ Commitment Ceremonies — Following the historic 2006 decision of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Rabbis Law Committee, our Rabbi officiates at Commitment Ceremonies of Jewish same-sex and non-binary couples. The ceremony includes blessings and symbols taken from the traditional wedding ceremony, which have meanings and rituals that celebrate the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ individuals and families in our modern Jewish community.

Funerals / Shiva
Our Rabbi and our Hesed group support members through the loss of a loved one. The Rabbi meets with the bereaved family after the death to plan the funeral, Shiva and other mourning customs. Our Chesed Committee provides leaders and members for Shiva minyanim at which we use the “Bond of Life” prayer book.

Learn more about Our Cemeteries

The graveside unveiling ceremony is traditionally held before the first anniversary of a death. The brief ceremony does not require the presence of a rabbi. The Rabbi will advise families of prayers that may be read. When her schedule permits, she will officiate at an unveiling.

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