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Justice Club @ the Museum of Jewish Heritage

By R. Laurie Phillips – Raising the Bar Justice Club Educator Today I was joined by our B Mitzvah teens, some of their parents, and even some siblings and grandparents – for a convening of the Justice Club – Raising the Bar program’s social justice monthly gathering. Personally speaking, I was moved deeply by the fullness…

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The Kaddish Club convenes for its first meeting on January 29th

Lab/Shul’s new monthly circle of  conversation, contemplation and the recitation of the mourners’ prayer.  Led by Amichai Lau-Lavie, this circle invites all who are currently within the a year of mourning; those observing a death date of a loved one during this month; and all who stand in solidarity and sympathy with friends, family, community. …

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We’re Going to Israel! Summer ’15

Lab/Shul’s Inaugural Journey to Israel August 16-23 2015 Join Amichai & the Lab/Shul ritual team for our first journey together as a community, connecting and reconnecting to what’s sacred and meaningful in our lives.  First timer or seasoned travelers?  We will focus on the current Shmita/Sabbatical year, and will explore Israel for the meaning of land…

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REGENERATION: Amichai and a crew of second-generation Holocaust survivors tell their stories

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auchwitz-Birkenau, join Amichai at Stories of Regeneration from the Second Generation at the Jewish Heritage Museum. He’ll be emceeing a crew of second-generation Holocaust survivors and storytellers, including Daniel Libeskind, architect; Joseph Berger, former New York Times reporter and author of Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust;…


“What is urgently needed? a resurrection of sensitivity”

Many voices rose for peace in Paris yesterday, calling for religious tolerance, protesting terror, violence and antisemitism. Religious leaders of many faiths came together to speak up for unity in the face of hatred.  Why is interfaith collaboration so vital these days? These excerpts from A. J. Heshcel’s 1963 essay ‘No Religion is an Island” still resonates…

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Praying in Paris, Budapest, NYC

Lab/Shul friends, I’m making my way back to NYC and back to the land of the living after a meaningful and intense month of mourning with my family in Jerusalem. On the way over I stopped over in Budapest to lead study sessions and worship events at The Aurora Jewish Cultural Center in partnership with some of the…


Lab/Shul goes to Budapest! Join Amichai for a wknd of MAROM events

Join Amichai this coming wknd  – January 8-10 2015 in Budapest, Hungary for a series of programs co-sponsored by MAROM Olami/Budapest, Dor Hadas,  Auróra, and Lab/Shul NYC.   *I Am No Abomination: A personal response to homophbia and jewish law (co-presented with Sandi DuBowski)  1/8/15 *You Are the Sabbath Queen: Alternative Sabbath Eve Celebration with live local…

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Fasting On New Years Day (and other ways to honor sacred time)

There’s a large stump of a pine tree in the little garden right outside my mother’s bedroom. They had to cut down the old sick tree when they moved in just over a year ago, for fear of its collapse. This morning she calls me over and points at the stump: two paper white narcissi…


8for8 Night 8: “WTF” by Rabbi Shira Stutman

“THE BEAUTY OF MANY VOICES”Every year of my childhood, the teachers would read from the same Hanukkahstorybook. The plot went somewhat as follows: They tried to kill us, but we beat themdown. And then, the oil. Same story, every year.Yawn. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY and learn more about Rabbi Shira Stutman at

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Let There Be Light: A Video Message From Amichai

Dear Friends,On this last night of Hanukkah I want to share with you my gratitude for the love, a thought about the power of community to take on darkness, and a request to join me in making our community an even stronger lighthouse of love for all of us: for many years to come. I created…