Welcome to Lab/Shul, an artist-driven, everybody-friendly, God-optional, pop up, experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings based in NYC and reaching the world.


Dina Did It! What? Why?

Hey Lab/Shul,   

Take a minute away from Passover prep to pause on what all this really means and why it may matter:

Last night I got great news from Dina Friedman, Lab/Shul’s superstar volunteer. For the second year in a row, after countless hours, she matched over 40 first night Seder seekers with hosts in our community! Dina shared with me the story of why she took on this labor of love, and I wanted to share it with the rest of you:

“Did I ever tell you why I love doing this Seder matchmaking? In the 70’s when Jews were allowed to leave Russia, HIAS asked for folks to host these new immigrants for Passover. My family did so for a few years when I was just a teenager, and having strangers at our Seder, walking the talk of ‘let all who are hungry eat,’ forever left a lasting impression on me. That’s why I love that Lab/Shul makes sure people have somewhere to be and why I’m so glad to be part of making it happen.”

Thank you Dina for reminding us what these holy days are all about – and thank you to all the generous hosts for opening doors and hearts to others.  I look forward to celebrating the second night with many of you at Freedom’s Feast – which, by the way, is now SOLD OUT!

Speaking of open doors and hearts…

THIS FRIDAY! Pre-Passover-Carb-Party Sabbath Queen! We’re thrilled to announce that for the next few months we’re bringing the Queen to the Education Alliance‘s Sirovich Center Nursing Home in the East Village, giving their community of seniors the opportunity to celebrate together with Lab/Shul without leaving their home. RSVP

More in April (and scroll dowe for even more):

+ Shabbat AM + Earth Day 4/22 featuring a brand new Storahtelling Maven performance with Ezra Bookman and Sinking Ship Productions’ master puppeteer Jon Levin 
+ Don’t forget to check out our weekly actions!
+ May 1st – Save The Date! Gather with ritualists, rabbis, artists, musicians, poets and peace specialists to mark the complex transition between remembrance and celebration on Israel’s 69th Day of Independence. Presented with New Shul and BeingWith. More info coming soon.

Happy Spring and lots of Pre-Passover Power to you.

– Rabbi Amichai


Weekly Events
Lab/Shul Organizing will regularly update a proactive opportunity for us to show up for justice together as a community + a curated a selection of tools, resources, and organizations to help your personal, communal, and national efforts.


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.


Upcoming Events
Unwind + unplug + recCharge at our monthly RituaLab welcoming the Sabbath Queen into our lives.

Friday, April 7, 2017

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Open Bar Happy Hour 21+
7:00pm – 8:30pm: Live Musical Liturgy, Poetry and Contemplative Pause
8:30+ Kiddush: Chill, Drink

The Sirovich Center – 331 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003


Saturday, April 8, 2017

6:15 pm Reception | 7:00 pm Program | 8:00 pm Havdalah

Temple Shaaray Tefila – 250 E 79th St, New York, NY 10075


Inspired by our ancient narratives, Freedom’s Feast features highlights from the rituals of Seder, interactive storytelling, live music and prayer, a festive feast (kosher for Passover options available), contemplation, conversation and a call to action for unity around the world. #SitToRise

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

6:00pm: Doors    |    7:00pm: Feast

Union Theological Seminary – 3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027


Monthly family-friendly musical morning worship events + Storahtelling-style adult learning, kids programs, and nosh.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:30am – 10:00am: God-optional adult study salon w/ Amichai
10:00am – 12:30pm: worship, kids programming, and Storahtelling
12:30pm – 1:00pm: hands on activities with our social justice community partners

Judson Memorial Church – Entrance on 243 Thompson St. NY, NY 10012


To Naomi Less for her birthday on March 31st!
To Amichai for his birthday on April 22nd!

To the Stern Family on the death of their father and grandfather
Jerome L. Stern.

To Liz Alpern and her family on the death of her grandmother

To Jill Hammer and Shoshana Jedwab on the death of Jill’s father
Leonard Hammer.