Kane Street Connections: Shabbat Shuva - Vayeilech

Shabbat Shuva - Vayeilech

Tishrei 6 5780 / October 5, 2019
Torah: Deuteronomy 31:1 - 31:30
Haftarah: Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27
Candle Lighting Friday: 6:14pm; Havdalah: 7:17pm 

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Kol Nidrei: 6:15pm, Fast Begins and Candle lighting: 6:07pm

Wednesday, October 9
Morning Services:
Goldman Service: 7:45am, Main Sanctuary: 8:45am
Mini Minyan: 9:30am, Kinder Minyan: 11:00am, Minyan Noar: 12:00pm,
Afternoon Study Session with Rabbi Ray Scheindlin: 3:45pm
Mincha: 4:45pm, Neilah: 6:15pm
Shofar Blowing & Fast Ends: 7:10

Click here for the full High Holidays Services and Ritual Calendar

Baruch Haba! Mazal Tov! Toda Raba!

The Kane Street community extends a warm Mazal Tov to Jocelyn Immerman and Andre McFarlane, and Ariel,  on the birth of their new son and brother, Rafael.  Rafael is also the grandson of our longstanding member  Charlene Visconti and nephew of Hannah Immerman.  We thank Charlene for her gracious sponsorship of Kiddush this  Shabbat in honor of this simcha, and pray for continued health and happiness for Rafael and all of his family.

Learners' Service

From Siddur to Mahzor, Inside the Order and Structure of the High Holiday Prayerbook

This Saturday, October 5, with Rabbi Jason Gitlin
Shabbat mornings (twice monthly), 10:00-11:00am in the Chapel

During the High Holidays season, our Learners' Service focuses on the similarities and differences between the liturgy and structure of the prayer services found in our regular prayerbook and the special Holiday Holidays Mahzor.

The Learners' Service offers a space to learn, explore your questions and pray slowly together. Join for one, any, or all weeks! Schedule on Kane Street's Shabbat pageContact Rabbi Jason Gitlin for more information.

A Gift to Our Community: the Kol Nidre Appeal

Contribute Now

Kane Street Synagogue is enjoying a period of growth and renewal that fills our pews, our classrooms and our community room every day of the week. At 163 years young, our community is still growing, and our strength lies in your commitment—your time, energy, participation, and support. Your Kol Nidre Appeal gift will help ensure that the diverse programs that make us such a dynamic community continue to thrive. If you have already donated, thank you for your generosity. If not, please consider making a contribution now.

Join Us for the High Holidays!

Yom Kippur begins Tuesday night.

Click here to register for, or purchase tickets for High Holiday Services.


Click here to see our Schedule of Services, Ritual Times and Holiday Programs from now until Simchat Torah.

Please note that tickets for the Goldman Services are now closed due to room capacity constraints.

Help Usher in the New Year at High Holiday Services

As we prepare for the High Holidays, we are looking for ushers and volunteers from the membership to help make our services welcoming and smoothly run.

Please contact if you would like to sign up for an ushering shift in the Sanctuary or Goldman Services, or in the Lobbies or Building Entrances. Lead Ushers, Sharon Neuman or Al Romano will follow up with you after you sign up.

A Yom Kippur Study Session with Rabbi Raymond Scheindlin

Community Room 3:45pm, Yom Kippur Afternoon

A cherished Kane Street tradition for four decades. Rabbi Ray is a former Kane Street Rabbi, High Holidays service leader, prolific author and translator, and Professor Emeritus of Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Scheindlin will be spontaneously translating and commenting on the late medieval work, Maysebuch, a collection of tales about famous rabbis.

A New Shabbat Ritual at Kane Street:
Birkat HaYeladim
(Blessing the Children)

A Weekly Sanctuary Blessing
Saturday mornings at 11:00am

Join Cantor Sarah and Rabbis Sam, Val, and Jason on Shabbat morning for our inaugural weekly Birkat HaYeladim (Blessing the Children), welcoming and celebrating the many young families in our Congregation.

All youth services will begin in the Main Sanctuary. We invite all children of pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah age (i.e. babies to 12-year-olds) and their parents to come near the Amud (Torah reading table) at 11:00am for a brief musical blessing and teaching. Afterward, the children and youth service leaders will proceed to youth services upstairs in the Goldman Building.

Open Learning Returns to Kane Street in October

Open Beit Midrash 5780 Season Announced
Tuesday Evenings, October 29, 2019 to March 20, 2020

Register Now

Our pioneering, informal Tuesday night learning academy, prepares for a new year. Come explore Jewish texts, from the Bible to modern Hebrew poetry, and their relevance to contemporary personal and social issues. The faculty includes some of the most talented and sought-after adult Jewish educators in the country. View the Open Beit Midrash brochure, with full course descriptions. Sessions begin with dinner at 6:45pm, followed by learning from 7:30-9:00pm. Registration now open.

For more information, please contact Joy Fallek at

Deadline Today: Order Your Lulav & Etrog

Sukkot begins Sunday evening, October 13. Order your lulav and etrog no later than 12:00pm on Wednesday, October 2, to ensure your order can be fulfilled in time for the holiday. Your lulav and etrog can be picked up at Kane Street Synagogue from Thursday, October 10.

In the Kane Street Sukkah

Sunday, October 13

Sukkah Decorating Party

Community Room 10:30am-12:00pm
For ages 1-5

Everyone can fulfill the mitzvah of building and decorating the sukkah. Join us for crafts, and an incredible interactive drumming program with Musical IQ. $20 per family. Sign up.

Sunday, October 13

Sukkot Family Celebration & Dinner

Community Room 4:30-6:00pm

Ages 4-12, Free of charge

Celebrate Sukkot with songs, stories, interactive games, prayers, and a chance to wave the lulav and etrog. A casual kid-friendly dinner catered by Vspot (empanadas) will be served. Please sign up so we can order the right amount of food.

Wednesday, October 16

Kinder Rescue Program and Sukkot Dinner

Kane Street Synagogue Sukkah & Community Room 6:00pm

Congregant Bob Marx shares with the entire community, but especially Kane Street's children and their families, an exhibit about the Kloster Indersdorf convent that became a temporary home for hundreds of displaced children in the immediate aftermath of World War II, and the story of his own father’s time as a teacher there. Please sign up so we can order the right amount of food.

Thursday, October 17

11th Annual Women’s Night in the Sukkah

Kane Street Synagogue Sukkah 7:00-8:30pm
sponsored by the Kane Street Shvesterhood

Our program is women sittin’ around eatin', drinkin', and shmoozin'! Please bring an uplifting attitude and a dairy or pareve dish to share, or a bottle of wine. We can’t use the kitchen to heat/prepare food.

If you have any questions, please contact Shvesterhood co-chairs Judith Gottfried and Vicky Vossen at Looking forward to seeing you on the 17th!

Friday, October 18

Singing in the Sukkah/Potluck Dinner

Kane Street Synagogue Sukkah after services

Celebrate Sukkot with music and food. Please bring a dairy or pareve dish, which must be prepared in advance. Food will not be allowed in the synagogue kitchen.

Sunday, October 20, 12:00-1:30pm

Sukkot Social Justice Jamboree

Justice Songs, Tikkun Olam Teachings, Community Action

Come learn about what our social justice community has been up to. As Jewish social change agents, especially in these difficult times, we need to meet each other face to face, eat and sing together, and build a loving, personal community. Cantor Sarah will lead us in song and Rabbis Sam, Val, and Jason will share brief teachings. We will hear from members in our community who have been actively involved with our HIAS Welcome Campaign and the Carroll Gardens Fair Care Campaign. Come connect with other social justice committee members. RSVP to join.

Open Your Sukkah This Sukkot

Consider opening your Sukkah to Kane Street community members this year by participating as a host in our annual Sukkah Hop. This year's Sukkah Hop will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2:00-4:00pm. Hosts have regularly offered desserts and other goodies for visitors.

This is a terrific chance to get to know fellow congregants by either hosting them in your sukkah or visiting other others' sukkot by taking a lovely stroll through our surrounding neighborhoods.

Contact Rabbi Jason Gitlin if you are interested in serving as a Sukkah Hop host.

Return Again with Kane Street

Begin your new Jewish year with renewed focus and intention. Click here now.

We've gathered several opportunities here at Kane Street that will allow you to actively engage in Jewish learning, spiritual exploration, and social justice in 5780. If you're a member, please take a few moments and aspire to at least one of these experiences. Based on your selection(s), we’ll check in over the next year with ways for you to both realize and reflect on your interests and contribute to our collective aspirations.

Good & Welfare

The problem of hunger is worldwide and increasingly found even in highly industrialized nations. In the United States, 1 in 8 people struggle with hunger, including 12.9 million children and 4.9 million seniors. In Israel, 1 in 5 people live below the poverty line, including 638,00 children and 162,000 seniors. As we begin the New Year, we urge you to fulfill the Mitzvah to preserve life, and to share your happiness and prosperity, by supporting Mazon. Please consider a donation at least in the amount that you would have spent on food during the day of Yom Kippur.
Applications are now open for the 2020 Bronfman Fellowship. The Fellowship begins with a free summer in Israel, where Fellows engage in thought-provoking study and conversation and make lifelong friends with a pluralistic group of peers. Fellows encounter the land and people of Israel, study major issues in contemporary Jewish life, meet with some of today's most influential figures, and learn about themselves and each other. Applicants must be in 11th grade and self-identify as Jewish. The deadline is December 1. Click here to learn more and apply.
The Institute for Living Judaism in Brooklyn begins a year of lectures focusing on the Changing Impact of Jews on Politics this month, inlcuding a November 24 discussion here at Kane Street with the Forward's Sam Norich. For more info, information go to org.
Join the 30th Annual Bikur Cholim Conference on Sunday, November 10, to learn about visiting and supporting the needs of those who are ill or isolated.
Contact us with noteworthy community news so we can share it with others.

Bialy Rock Music Class for Infants and Toddlers

Bialy Rock returns on October 4
Led by the effervescent Sivan Arbel 
Register on-line and save with an 8 or 4 session pass.

Children and their grown-ups sing and dance along with Sivan, who accompanies herself on ukulele. Songs are in English and some Hebrew. Songs like Shabbat DinosaurBim Bam and classic folk songs engage the children, who also use drums and shakers. Join us in our chapel, and tell your friends!

Hazak presents

Our Jewish Life: Monthly Discussions on Culture, Controversies and Challenges

Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish, Jewish—
Inadequate Language for a Changing World

This Thursday (Rescheduled Date), September 26, 10:30am, Chapel

RSVP Appreciated/Walk-Ins Welcome

Engage in discussion and new ideas during these free leader-led programs, held on the third Thursday of every month in the Kane Street chapel.

For more information, contact Our Jewish Life, an initiative of our Hazak Committee supporting activities especially for 60+ and retired community members.

1 Part Tradition; 1 Part Innovation; All Parts Kane Street

Join Us on a Culinary Journey

Click Here to Contribute a Cookbook Recipe

From dishes passed down like family heirlooms to showstoppers that create new traditions, we are collecting the recipes that have flavored community members' homes and holidays. We invite all Kane Street community members to submit one or more recipes for a forthcoming Kane Street Synagogue Cookbook.

As we prepare the cookbook this coming year, we also plan to host community events where members will have an opportunity to sample submissions and consider food’s relationship to memory, family, culture and community. Learn more and contact our Cookbook Committee for information or questions.

Current Selection: The One Facing Us by Ronit Matalon

Discussion: Wednesday, November 13, 7:00pm, Kane Street Chapel
Facilitated by retired Brooklyn College Professor of English and American Literature, Julia Hirsch
Fall 2019 Selections and Dates

Esther, seventeen years old, wild and rebellious, is sent from Israel to Cameroon to stay with her hardheaded uncle Sicourelle, who is charged with straightening her out. But Esther resists her uncle's plans for her future--which include marriage to a cousin--and in the privileged indolence of postcolonial Africa, she looks to the past instead. Using sepia portraits and scraps of letters, Esther pieces together the history of her family, a once-grand Egyptian-Jewish clan, and its displacement from Cairo in the 1950s to Israel, West Africa, and New York.

Contact for more information.

Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults

Class meets in two sections:
Wednesday evening, 7:00-9:00pm, at Flatbush Jewish Center (Church Ave & E 5th Street)
Sundays evenings, 7:30-9:30pm, at Park Slope Jewish Center (8th Ave & 14th Street) First Session for both sections is Wednesday, October 30, 7:00pm at Flatbush Jewish Center

Co-Sponsored by Kane Street/ Rabbi Sue Oren, Instructor and Coordinator

Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice. In a warm and open environment, 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 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.

Who is the wise one? One who learns from all people… Pirkei Avot 4:1

A Kane Street Community-wide Study

Learn with, and from, the dozens of Kane Streeters
who have signed up to study Pirkei Avot together

We completed the first half of our community-wide learning of Pirkei Avot on Rosh HaShanah. Our learning will resume again in the Spring after Passover. Groups of community members have been learning on Shabbat afternoons, before work, during Hebrew School, evenings and more. Read more about the learning, schedule, and how to join. Read more about the learning, schedule, and how to join, or contact Rabbi Jason Gitlin for more information.

Apply for admission for the 2019-20 school year

Our preschool is accepting applications and giving tours for the 2019-20 school year. Kane Street Kids embraces families from all backgrounds and cultivates a connection to Jewish traditions and values. Our warm, nurturing teachers promote learning through interactive experiences, play and social interaction, and provide an environment where children develop cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically.

To apply, fill out this form. For more information or to tour the school, contact Preschool Director Rivka Seeman.

Tell Your Friends About Our Great Hebrew School
Registration is Open for 2019-2020

Give your child a great Jewish education, a circle of friends and community to last a lifetime.

Registrations are all online.

For questions, please contact

Can You Use a Helping Hand?

Kane Street’s Mensch Squad is ready to support you with light shopping, trips to doctors’ appointments, or picking up a prescription.
Contact the Mensch Squad.

Can you Lend a Helping Hand?

Our Mensch Squad is also looking for more mensches to join our ranks, and help support community members who can use a light hand.
Be a Mensch.


Friday Evening Service
6:30pm, Chapel

Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, 9:15am

Learners' Service
Saturday, 10:00am

Sunday Minyan


Services Meet in Sanctuary First for Birkat HaYeladim

Mini Minyan
Up to Age 5
Third Floor

Kinder Minyan
Kindergarten-Grade 2
Classrooms 3-4, 2nd Floor

Minyan Noar
Grades 3-6
Chapel, 2nd Floor

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