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Our Next Virtual Mourners Kaddish – June 10 3pm

Mourner’s Kaddish online – for the benefit of those of us who find attending synagogue/minyan a challenge for any number of reasons and yet wish to take time in honoring loved ones with a community of like minded souls. Also a way for friends and family to stand in solidarity and care with mourners. This…

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It’s Summer, Time to Party! June 5th @ the MJH

Running around all week long? Need a break? Kick off your summer weekends with friends, free food & drinks, a mini massage, music, meditation, & the best Hudson River sunset views in downtown. Two pre-Shabbat parties for 20’s and 30’s to make the ending of your workweek a happy one. Friday, June 5th and July…

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Auditioning: NEW STORAHTELLERS – June 11th

Wanted: Actors and Performer/Educators to join a company of artists as “Mavens” who will bring Torah (bible) stories to life. The oldest storytelling tool in the Jewish tool-box can now be yours! If you are a creative and out of the box Jewish educator, clergy member, rabbinical/cantorial student, B’nai Mitzva tutor, or performance artist/actor –…

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Cycle into Shabbat and the Hazon NY Ride & Retreat

With perfect weather and a Spring sun, we gathered last Shabbat in Central Park to ride bikes, picnic, and sing songs to welcome Shabbat outside, just like the ancient Kabbalists used to. “Lay on your backs,” Shira guided us while strumming the first few chords, “and when you sing this song asking God for a suchat shlomeicha, a shelter of…

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Guest Blog by Sophia Carter: Freedom’s Feast Afterglow

Last month’s Freedom’s Feast, Lab Shul’s Interfaith Second Seder and Easter feast, was a huge success for me; not only was I inspired by everyone who shared a personal story of enslavement but I was also lucky enough to find the afikomen. In Lab Shul tradition, the prize for finding the afikomen was the honor of choosing…

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How Minyan Matters: A Note from Kaddish Club

How Minyan Matters: A Note from Kaddish Club  Laura Jacobs 4/30/15 Picture this- sitting on Amichai’s patio with a circle of new friends on a beautiful spring evening, listening to the music of the birds, stomachs full of delicious treats pondering life’s important questions  – What is community?  When does “Me” become “We”? Why do we need a…

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Cycle into Shabbat with Lab/Shul and Hazon!

Oil up your chains, break out the spandex, strap on your yamaka…Lab/Shul is cycling into Shabbat on Friday May 8th! With a bike or without, join us for a very special al fresco Kabbalat Shabbat in Central Park. 5:00pm – Everyone meets in Central Park.  Option 1: Fresh air ride around a 6.25 mile loop with biking experts from Hazon. …

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Meet Yischa – Inspiring Transgender Spiritual Activist

The big deal about Monday night’s book signing at JTS is that it wasn’t a big deal at all.  Yischa Smith, a Transgender spiritual activist, Jewish educator and former Lubativitch rabbi, taught hasidic texts, shared her astounding life story and read from the memoir she just published – 40 Years in the Wilderness: My Journey to…

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Why Minyan Matters – from Me to We – Kaddish Club on 4/27

Why did Jewish Law proscribe the presence of ten adults for the recital of the mourner’s prayer? Join Amichai at his home in the East Village for a study session + potluck dinner – exploring the benefit of intimacy for individuals and for communities at times of loss, times of joy and all that’s in…

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“And Aaron was silent” – Mourning a Master

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, one of the great leaders of this generation, passed away today at the age of 81. During one year of my life he was my teacher, as one of the two leaders of Yeshivat Har Etzion where I studied in 1986. He was a formidable giant, the first rabbi I knew who also had a PhD…