Leadership, Justice, Peace and a Kiss

“This week, I was honored to watch a piece of our democratic processes unfold at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The experience was energizing and I’m encouraged to bring that energy to my first official events with Lab/Shul, to getting to know many of you, and to our old and holy books, especially the following bit of Torah about leadership, justice, peace – and kissing.” – Rabbi Kerry Chaplin


Pride, Death, Prayer for the Path: 24 Hours in Jerusalem

Jerusalem July 22, 2016 Barely breathing. 1AM yesterday, Thursday night, inside the ER in “Gates of Justice,” one of Jerusalem’s large hospitals, full with patients and pain, pacing relatives and tired doctors, beeps and sighs. One of the rare sites where Arabs and Jews, religious and secular, all mix with tenderness but not without some tension. My aunt Judy,…


An Illegal Mourners Kaddish: Mid-Summer Note From Jerusalem

This morning I recited the Mourners Kaddish at the Western Wall as an illegal act of protest and prayer. Just another day in this surreal reality infected by a combination of fear-based religion, good intentions gone wild, and brutal summer heat. Inevitably it got me thinking about the major challenges facing the global Jewish community,…


Downtown Jewish Life July Newsletter

Lab/Shul is proud to be a founding member of Downtown Jews – a network of organizations who partner together to engage with and provide Downtown Manhattan with experiences that foster an inclusive Jewish community. Check out the newsletter for July below or download it.  


Pride Month at CBST with Lab/Shul

Lab/Shul is proud to stand and march in solidarity with CBST, and the larger GLBTQ community. Friday Night come and hear Lab/Shul’s own Rachel Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, speak at CBST’s PRIDE Shabbat. PRIDE Shabbat at Masonic Hall Doors will open at 6:00pm, tonight. Entrance for all at 71 West 23rd Street. ASL provided;…


Amichai and Naomi at “Standing With Orlando: Interfaith Vigil”

Lab/Shul joined Congregation Bnai Jeshurun (BJ), Saint Paul and Saint Andrew (SPSA), and Romemu for an interfaith vigil honoring the memory of the LGBTQ victims in Orlando’s terror attack. Click the video below to listen to Amichai’s words and Naomi’s music, beautifully filmed by Sandi DuBowski.    Al Eleh Ani Bochiyah | For These Souls…




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