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.

Talk Our Talk: Learning Lounge with Lab/Shul Leadership – “GOD OPTIONAL”

  • 07:00 PM
  • Lab/Shul Office

Monthly learning lounge led by Lab/Shul leaders
exploring our core values, unique talents, and creative visions + wine & cheese.


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.

Ezra is a director, poet, performance artist, and ritualist, exploring the overlapping space between artistic and transformational spiritual experiences. He has created, directed, and produced numerous ritual arts and culture festivals on behalf of Lab/Shul; co-lead the project to retranslate Hebrew prayers into modern God-optional poetry; and written, directed, and performed ritual-theater interpretations of Biblical stories as a Storahtelling Maven. Directing credits include three world premiers: Anthropology of a Book Club (Manhattan Repertory Theater) and Interim (SMU’s Margo Jones Theater) by Barbara Casssidy, and Mahal by Danny Bernardo (Assistant Director – Bailiwick Chicago). Ezra earned his B.F.A in Theater Studies at Southern Methodist University under the guidance of Stan Wojewodski, where he was awarded the prestigious Meadows Scholar Award. He used the award’s microgrant to train with Shamans in Ecuador, Columbia, and Venezuela.




November 8th
7:00 Wine & Cheese
7:30-9:00 Program



Lab/Shul Office



1. RSVP *Please note this program is for adults ages 13+

2. Please bring a snack or drink to share, or a cash donation to help keep this event free!



Nov 8 – Ezra Bookman, Artistic Director
Jan 11 – Shira Kline, Founding Ritual Leader, Director of Worship and Family Education Director.
March 8 – Hillary Robbins, Raising the Bar Program Coordinator
May 10 – Sarah Sokolic, Executive Director
July 12 – Naomi Less, Founding Ritual Leader and Associate Director