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And Then We Blew Bubbles: Sufi-Jewish New Years

Friday, September 22, 2017 marked both Muslim and Jewish New Year Day. Lab/Shul and the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community gathered at Judson Memorial Church to celebrate this rare convergence with shared mystical traditions and rituals, starting our year with sacred solidarity.

A Sufi-Jewish ritual of music, movement, and poetry to welcome the first dusk and Sabbath of the new year, followed by casting off our collective year of regrets and set intentions for the year ahead at the Washington Square Park Fountain…with bubbles. A little Lab/Shul twist in honor of the Parks Department.

Led by Rabbi Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Shira Kline, and Netanel Goldberg from Lab/Shul, and Shaykha Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi, Ali Rahman, and Juliet Rabia Gentile from Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community, and featuring internationally renowned musician peace activist David Broza, who serenaded us into Shabbat with a heart-opening, tear-wrenching rendition of his song of hope, “Yihye Tov.”

Check out some gorgeous photos and a short video from part of the evening.

Big thanks to Gili Getz for all the incredible photos!