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Welcome to Open Heart: Lab/Shul High Holy Days 5776/2015

I’m honored and excited to invite you to join Lab/Shul on our third journey into a new year. We’ll be at a brand new location with a brand new, even more everybody-friendly way to participate in these holy days…and all year round. Welcome to Open Heart: High Holy Days 5776/2015. We are celebrating this year uptown at The New York…

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Fasting Forward: Why I’m Looking forward to this year’s Tisha B’av

Fasting Forward: Why I’m Looking forward to this year’s Tisha B’av Amichai Lau-Lavie July 24, 2015 (it’s 4am in LA, not sure if i’m on Jerusalem time, or NY or here, or all at once: TLV to LAX through JFK in 20 hours, I’m in the west and my heart still in the east, body…

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Farewell Brave Friend: Theo Bikel’s Last Concert

‘If I had the strength and vigor I’d find the words and call them. With a voice big and bigger Sholem, Sholem, Sholem: peace, peace, peace.’ These were the last words of song I heard from my friend and mentor Theo Bikel – performed live in NYC on June 18 2015, just over a month…

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On the River, Towards Healing

Lamentations on the Lawn Lab/Shul style Eicha – full chanting and translation of chapter 1 and 5 of Jeremiah’s Lamentations + original nigguns and teachings on chapters 2-4. “Every soul needs to express itself. Every heart needs to crack itself open.” –Rabbi Alan Lew   Just before NINE, join Amichai, Naomi, and the Lab/Shul team directly behind…

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This is the Night Of Lament

This is the night of lament. Churches burn down south and the last nightingale sings in the Warsaw Ghetto. Zen monks ponder suffering, an exiled Russian queer activist tells her story, and a 2,000 year old Temple is mourned. We gather to listen, learn, grieve and grow. On July 25, the Ninth of Av, the…