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.

God-Optional Study Salon: Please: When you wish…

  • 6:30 PM
  • 10 E 66th St, New York, NY 10065 (Education Wing entrance)


Join Amichai Lau-Lavie, Founder and Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul in four controversial conversations exploring a new spiritual vocabulary and reclaimed technologies for personal growth and collective transformation.

Location update: The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center, Education Wing entrance (10 E 66th St)

God-Optional: DIY Jewish Theology for the Age of Post Patriarchy

Combining classical Jewish texts, contemporary cultural sources, contemplative practices and open conversation, Amichai Lau-Lavie invites you to explore these evolving core concepts as practiced at Lab/Shul*, and cultivate your own meaningful spiritual practice.

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Session 1. Thanks: Daily Dose

Develop less distraction and more dedication to what matters most through our oldest tool – a daily dose of gratitude. How can this practice enrich our lives, even in the heart of darkness or if traditional liturgy and belief systems may no longer apply?

Session 2. Wow: You are here NOW

What can an obscure Talmudic myth about King David and the Id, read from a Jungian perspective, teach us about erotic balance, the power of poetry, and how to perfect the art of wonder towards more presence in our lives?

Session 3. Oops: I did it again

Kabbalistic formulas, comic books, and Neo-Hasidic insights show us how to cultivate attainable and sustainable changes to our private practices, public values and communal choices. What wrongs can we work on, together?

Session 4. Please: When you wish…

Feminist and Queer theorists explore the value of vulnerability and the wisdom of wishful thinking; offering new ways to honor the role of patient prayers in an era of instant digital downloads.