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Holy, Holy…Holy? – Blog from FallowLab #6

Nigel Savage, President of Hazon and our special guest educator at last night’s Fallowlab Study Salon, was locked in a heated (but friendly) discussion with Amichai. At stake – has our insistence on the land of Israel as holy come at the expense of a universal understanding of holiness, especially when it comes to people? Has it unintentionally lead…

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Wisdoms & Photos from Red Sea Tea Party

Passover is over. The worn freedom metaphor, useful at so many (too many??) gatherings and holiday events this past week, can rest and leave us living our lives with hopes of a bit more awareness of the little and large privileges that come with all our freedoms – and how much more inner work there is to be danced…

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Why I Wore My Father’s Medal Today.

Why I Wore My Father’s Medal Today.  April 11 2015 Amichai Lau-Lavie   On April 11th 1945 Buchenwald was liberated and my father Naphtali, 19 year old Jewish prisoner, was liberated, along with his younger brother Israeli, age 8. In all the years since, April 11th has become my father’s celebrated birthday, a quiet opportunity…

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The Most Unique Seder I’ve Ever Been To: Freedom’s Feast Recap

Despite the cool blue lighting of BAM Cafe, I could see James Lecesne’s smile from across the room. With a list of over 100 different charities and non-profit organizations up on the screen, texted in from all the guests a little while before, 16 year old Sophia Carter had to choose one to receive her…

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PROPHECY: A Poem for Passover

“I have been enslaved, yet my spirit is unbound.” This Passover the Exodus saga rekindles our legacy of fighting for freedom, justice, and dignity for all, here and now.    Lab/Shul wishes you a delicious holiday, with meaningful conversations, shared celebrations, and renewed commitment to better lives, for each and every one of us. Here’s…

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Different From All Other Seders

Smushing dates, karate chopping matzah, decorating pillow cases and packing suit cases; typical parts of a Seder right?  It all depends on the type of Seder you have. The Stupendous Model Seder at the Museum of Jewish Heritage had all that and more. Labshul’s ShirLaLa, My Haggadah creator Francine Hermelin, volunteers and parents all “modeled” ways to activate…

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The “People’s Pastor” Joins Freedom’s Feast!

Fighting for freedom calls for all hands on deck. Over 25 faith leaders, social activists, and artists will join us at Freedom’s Feast on April 4th, including these two extraordinary role models: Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Stosh Cotler Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity – RESERVE YOUR TICKETS now before we sell out! Stosh…

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Morning Has Broken – Shabbat AM Recap

Spring has officially sprung in New York City and Lab/Shul gave it a very warm welcome. Like most New Yorkers I was SO ready for Spring, and in my head I probably felt that the sooner I put away my winter stuff the faster it would arrive. So there I was, on what was supposed to be…

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Celebrating Empty Chairs – Laura Jacobs’ Art

Empty chairs are full of meaning. Sometimes pain, loss – and always potential.  Last week I got to celebrate Laura Jacbos’ incredible art at the New York Studio School. http://www.laurajacobsart.com/Laura joined the Storahtelling Lab/Shul family this past year, and joined my in grief these past months as she mourns the death of her father. She…

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Today we Honor a Visionary Leader

The road to peace is paved with patience – and passion.  Join Lab/Shul and me on June 16th to celebrate a passionate Peacemaker who reminds us of what it takes to build bridges and inspires us to continue believing in justice and working for peace. The road to peace is long… but there are many milestones to celebrate along…