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Cry, Scream, Taste, Sit, Sing – November @ Lab/Shul

To All Our Communities,
Tribeca is home to many of us at Lab/Shul. The location of yesterday’s tragic terror attack is right where, just a month ago, we gathered for the High Holy Days, with best intentions for a year of better news. Today we send our condolences to all who grieve, our wishes of healing to all who were hurt, and our gratitude to all who work tirelessly to ensure our continued safety. We share our highest hopes and deepest prayers that together we can and will transform terror into trust – for ourselves, each other, and a world so in need of healing. A few things we can do:

1. Please let us know if you have been personally affected by this tragedy and if we can be of support by emailing Rabbi Kerry @ [email protected].

2. We’ll be at the NYC Interfaith Vigil for Peace TONIGHT 6-8pm.

3. Reach out to your neighbors downtown and let them know you are with them. Reach out to your Muslim friends in solidarity and support.

4. Moments like this call for togetherness: join us this weekend for Sabbath Queen and Saturday SoulSpa.

May we meet together, everywhere, in safety and peace.

–  Rabbi Amichai and the Lab/Shul Team


Hey Lab/Shul,

November is PACKED. Scroll down for the (very) full calendar, and check out a couple of these hot highlights:

1. SIT & SINGSabbath Queen and our first ever Saturday SoulSpa, redefining dusk for all ages, this weekend with the Jewish Emergent Network.

2. SCREAMPrimal Prayer Day: A MultiFaith Gathering to Sing, Scream, and Act in Wash. Sq. Park, recalling how we felt the day after last year’s election

3. TASTEFamilyLab: That Shabbat Feeling, our grassroots home-based gathering for families with young children

4. TALKTalk Our Talk: Learning Lounge, kicking off this month w/ Ezra Bookman exploring our God-optional translations, poetry, and DIY theology + wine & cheese

5. TALK MORE: What will the future of Lab/Shul look like? You decide! Fill out this 5-10 min survey if you weren’t able to join us in person at All Hands, All Hearts

+ EAT: Don’t forget to buy your ticket before we sell out to our first ever Sabbath Queen Community Feast with the Jewish Emergent Network!

Hope to see you again and again this month.

– The Lab/Shul Team


Raising the Bar

Is your tween ready to Raise the Bar? Raising the Bar is our innovative, personalized B Mitzvah program – re-imagining the process and product of this coming of age milestone. Our next local cohort kicks off in late winter. Want to learn more?
Contact our Raising the Bar Program Director Hillary Robbins at [email protected].


Monthly ritual circle of live music, mindfulness and poetic intentions welcoming your Sabbath Queen + open bar and tapas.

Friday, November 3rd

6:00 – 7:00pm Happy Hour (Open Bar 21+)

7:00 – 8:30pm Live Musical Liturgy, Poetry and Contemplative Pause

8:30+ Catered Vegan Dinner with the Jewish Emergent Network >> Reserve Your Seat For Dinner

Invisible Dog – 51 Bergen St, Brooklyn

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All ages afternoon gathering of meditative music and poetic prayer, ritual art, Lab/Jr. kids action, interactive adult learning with our rabbis + drinks, treats, and Havdala.

Saturday, November 4th
4:00 – 5:15pm All Ages Meditative Music, Poetic Prayer, Ritual Art
5:00 – 6:00pm Interactive Learning with Rabbi Amichai and Rabbi Kerry // Lab/Jr. Kids Learning // Afternoon Bites
6:00 – 6:30pm Havdala Ritual

Congregation Mt. Sinai – 250 Cadman Plaza W, Brooklyn


VOTE! Virtual Ask-The-Experts
About NYC Ballot Proposals

Join Rabbi Amichai, Sue Dodell, and Melissa Iachan online or on your phone for an informative and explorative lunchtime discussion about the New York City Ballot Proposals. Then on Nov. 7th, go vote!

Monday, November 6th


Phone: 669.900.6833 or 646.558.8656,
then enter Meeting ID: 395 429 157


THIS MONTH: “God-Optional”

An interactive backstage tour of our radical approach to creating original poetic liturgical translations for sincere believers, questioners, agnostics, and the rest of us, and the poetry that inspires us. Led by Lab/Shul’s Artistic Director Ezra Bookman.

Wednesday, November 8th

Lab/Shul Office – 125 Maiden Ln #8b

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Join Rabbi Amichai for the US Premiere of Neta Shoshani’s BORN IN DEIR YASSIN. Screening followed by Q&A with producer Rotem Faran and co-writer Assaf Lapid, moderated by Rabbi Amichai.

November 8th

JCC Manhattan – 334 Amsterdam Ave


Gather to recall how we felt the day after last year’s election, and to rejuvenate ourselves with the fire we need to persist, resist, and re:love. On Primal Prayer Day, we tap into our soulful need to sing, scream, act, and receive words of wisdom from friends, activists, and multifaith leaders.

Thursday, November 9th

Washington Square Park

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FamilyLab: That Shabbat Feeling

Introducing FamilyLab: A grassroots gathering for Jewish and “Jew-ish” families with young children ages 0-8 (siblings welcome).

Friday, November 17th

Home of Joan Beard and Larry Altman – Address provided upon RSVP

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Faith in New York Leadership Assembly

Join The Justice Team and Rabbi Kerry at the Faith in New York Leadership Assembly. There we will celebrate the work of Faith Over Fear campaign, of which Lab/Shul is a part, and join faith communities across New York City to plan the Faith in New York organizational priorities for 2018.

November 9th

Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew – 520 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn

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Bend The Arc NY Chapter Meeting

Join our partners at Bend the Arc for their monthly New York Chapter meeting. We will discuss what comes after the Liberty Act in immigration legislation. Please email Rabbi Kerry if you plan to attend: [email protected].

November 13th


Location TBD


Justice Team Gathering

If you want to do justice grounded in sacred Jewish values, join Lab/Shul’s Justice Team. We are a team of co-creators who focus on how we as Lab/Shul work in solidarity with community partners towards a more just world. Email [email protected] for info on how to join the Justice Team.

November 14th

Lab/Shul Office – 125 Maiden Ln, Suite 8b


Join Lab/Shul’s Trans* & GNC MeetUp to explore the New Museum’s exhibition Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon. Then we’ll nosh, grab a coffee, and get to know one another. To RSVP or any questions, contact Sam Hipschman at [email protected].

November 16th

New Museum – 235 Bowery

This monthly Kaddish Club Dinner is be hosted by Lori and Brian. Together, we’ll share conversation, memories and support for one another. Please join us. Participants are asked to bring a vegetarian salad, entree, side, dessert, or wine to share.

November 16th

Upper West SideDetails will be shared with those who RSVP.

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A 15 minute weekly call to restore, regenerate, and return to who you are – because we are in this for the long game. Facilitated by Rabbi Kerry Chaplin, with guest meditation leaders and inspiration specialists. 


Every Monday, 12:00pm ET

Dial: 646-558-8656 or 408-638-0968 
Enter Meeting ID: 347 178 799


Weekly call for the benefit of those of us who find attending synagogue/minyan a challenge for any number of reasons and yet wish to take time to honor loved ones with a community of like minded souls

Every Thursday, 12:00pm ET

Call into the free conference call number: 641-715-3296, Code: 978294#

Join Lab/Shul’s Kaddish Club Google Group for updates and reminders.