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FallowLab Study Salon #8 @ Yeshiva University Museum. FREE!

  • 06:30 PM
  • 15 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

Fallow Lab’s Conversation #8: BETTER  SOCIAL



We are very excited to announce that our next study salon will be hosted by the Yeshiva University Museum in the gallery of their new exhibit, Fields of Dreams: Living Shmita in the Modern World.

This special session will be FREE TO THE PUBLIC, co-led by Amichai Lau-Lavie and Ari BergmannAdjunct Lecturer in Religion at Columbia University and the visionary behind the new Shmita exhibit at the Yeshiva University Museum. 

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Ken_Goldman_Shmita_Mitta“We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.”  (Sherry Turkle)

The Shmita year is more than half way through, and FallowLab’s  exploration of better balance between actual and virtual reality continues deeply into what makes our lives more connected – to each other, in more deeper and long-term-sustainable ways. With all the gifts of the digital we are reminded to not lose sight of where real intimacy can and wants to happen – face to face.

This month’s conversation features a reminder to dig deeper into the moral life by Rabbi Kook, Rushkoff’s warning from sole reliance on the digital for community, and Sherry Turkle’s plea for us to hang up and look up. Less contacts and more connections – to ourselves, each other, the ground we walk on.

Can a wiser use and disuse of our social media lives help us cultivate  more meaningful friendships and intimate conversations?

Join us to discuss and find out.


Yeshiva University’s Museum’s newest exhibit ‘Field of Dreams’ explores the dynamic process through which the Biblical concept of Shmita was revived, debated and engaged by early settlers of the Land of Israel. The exhibition features rare, original documents and letters by the most significant rabbinic voices of the late 19th and 20th century, as well as by contemporary photographs, artifacts and works of art that demonstrate the resonance and impact of this ancient custom today.

June 8, 6:30-8:30pm.
Join us online via skype. Contact [email protected] for details. 

Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History: 15 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011


What is FallowLab:

Join Amichai Lau-Lavie and guest teachers for a monthly exploration of the Shmita year as part of Lab/Shul’s Fallow Lab Project, all year long. 

The Fallow Lab Project, spearheaded by Amichai Lau-Lavie and the Lab/Shul NYC Community, in partnership with artists, social media innovators, educators and community leaders worldwide, reclaims and reimagines Shmita for the 21st Century.


The Fallow Lab Project is a year-long process of learning and practicing methods and models for more responsible, healthy and empowering use of technology in our personal and professional lives. This process will enable us to rest, reset and restore – encouraging better balance of work/life, connecting us deeper into the wisdom of our traditions, and cultivating tools for more mindfulness, happiness and global responsibility.

Each month, starting in Tishrei (September 2014) and ending with Elul (August 2015) will feature study with Amichai on key passages from Jewish literary sources on the Shmita and spotlight one area in our digital lives that could benefit from observation, improvement, and possibly, partial or complete release.