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PURIM 2015: This Year’s Focus – sober note from Amichai

PURIM 2015:  LOOK MA – NO MASK! Purim was always my favorite. Ever since I can remember it’s been about finding the perfect costume and becoming, just for one day, another – maybe better – version of me. As a kid I’d get going on the costume research as soon as the High Holy Days…

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Henrietta’s Kaddish – Amichai’s Homage to a Lesser Known Religious Leader

2/23/15 This past weekend marked the new moon of the Hebrew month of Adar, and in Israel this past Friday was also celebrated as ‘Family Day’ the newest reiteration of ‘Mother’s Day’ – renamed in the 1990’s to be more inclusive to all parents and care-givers. Even when this day was invented in Israel in…

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Five Fab Facts about our First Friday Night Celebration

1. 100 people showed up – ages, genders, races and religions, mixed up for the Sabbath Queen Arrival. Many new faces! Thrilled to welcome all.  2. Her Majesty Showed Up. Not just at the moment when we opened the door to bow to the imaginary queen and one of our latecomers got the best welcome of…

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Live Stream Next Week’s 26 Holocaust Memorial Event

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is excited to announce that they will be live streaming this very special Museum program.  Next Thursday, February 26, at 7:00pm, tune into Stories of Regeneration from the Second Generation through the link below and watch it live from anywhere in the world!…

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Save the Date: Lab/Shul Gala 2015

On June 16, the Lab/Shul community will celebrate its second year with a superstar Gala, back at City Winery. In the past year we’ve welcomed hundreds of new seekers at dozens of programs for all ages and interests, as we keep on co-creating an everybody-friendly, artist driven, sustainable and inspiring congregation for the 21st Century. …

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13 petalled roses for you

“`As the rose among the thorns, so is my love among the maidens’ (Song of Songs 2:2): What is the rose? It is the Community of Israel, the gathering of tribes. For there is a rose above and a rose below. Just as the rose which is among the thorns has red and white, so…

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Reimagine what ‘member’ is called?? Town Hall Report

On 2/11/15 over 30 people who love Lab/Shul gathered at our annual Town Hall Meeting to talk about what it means to build community – and how we will do so, grassroots style, from the ground up. The conversation focused on new ‘membership models’ that go beyond dues and obligation to voluntary and optional. And beyond…

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If You Want a Cow to Wander: Note from FallowLab Salon #4 – ON CHOICE

  If You Want a Cow to Wander – a note from FallowLab Salon #4 – ON CHOICEMichael Ekstract “When people have no choice, life is almost unbearable … But as the number of choices keeps growing, negative aspects of having a multitude of options begin to appear … the negatives escalate until we become…

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Break Not Mine Heart…Note from Amichai to the Community

Hello Friends, A note from the heart:Not that I don’t love red roses and chocolate covered hearts but the loving I’m talking about here goes deeper than that and goes year long. Co-creating this experiment called Lab/Shul is highest on my priority list of what love of life because recent months have taught me the priceless value…

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League of Justice (Club)

This past Sunday, a group of our Raising the Bar teen boys met together to explore what it means to connect to and work with elderly individuals.  Why would this be an important value to us?  The boys shared ideas around commitment to building community, respecting our elders, learning from their stories, the list goes…