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It’s On ______: A Letter From Rabbi Amichai & Sarah Sokolic

Hello Friends of Lab/Shul! We hope this letter finds you refreshed from an inspiring summer and ready for a new season and great year ahead. Our Lab/Shul team is excited for our sixth season starting off with High Holy Days at the fabulous Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. We look forward to welcoming you and…

New Year New…We?? Let’s PREPENT!

With new friends – refugees from Iraq, Syria, and Iran, and volunteers from Israel and NYC at the International School for Peace on the Island of Lesvos in Greece Hey Lab/Shul! I’m back from a month long journey in Israel and Greece, inspired and motivated to delve into a new season with you all. Hope…

Welcome to High Holy Days 2018/5779 : “Aleinu: It’s On Us”

Original artwork by Artist in Residence Jessica Tamar Deutsch Dear Lab/Shul Community, Just a few days ago, as the sun was setting on the saddest day of our Jewish calendar, I was in Jerusalem with a beloved mentor talking about what it takes to lift up from what’s broken, privately and publicly, towards building more…

Yes, We Are Still Our Brothers’ Keepers: Amichai’s 929 Entry

”I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?“ (Genesis 4:11) My first protest, seven years old, Tel Aviv’s main square, mid 1970’s, holding up a poster demanding the release of Soviet Jews, with a spin on the oldest human question: I Am My Brother’s Keeper. Solidarity, I learnt that day, is sacred. But also…

Sodom is Now: Gay Pride and Zero Tolerance

Art by Judson Memorial Church’s Zac Mosley and Jason Tseng What’s LGBT Pride got to do with what’s going on with the zero tolerance crisis in the US and the growing global reality of 70 million uprooted refugees? Everything. Today, June 20th, is World Refugee Day, an annual occasion for awareness and activism declared by the…

In The News – (Re)Visioning Jewish Prayer, Ritual and Inclusivity

“Many people we serve are seekers who have been disconnected and are looking for ways to tap in,” Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie of Lab/Shul said during the session titled “Navigating the Minefield of the Great Jewish Taboo: Let’s Talk About Israel and Palestine.” “Israel used to be the connective tissue,” Lau-Lavie said, “now it’s the most…

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