On June 5th, 2018, raise a glass in celebration of Lab/Shul’s fabulous fifth year, back where we began: City Winery. Join us to mark this milestone and support our continued impact by honoring our Founding Fathers, Mothers, and Machers:
Michael Dorf, Lab/Shul’s Founding Board Chair, a visionary leader and generous friend, and Barbara and Rabbi David Kline, beloved parents, grandparents and elders who are this year’s co-recipients of our Ritualist Award. Each of our honorees have nourished and inspired us in so many ways, from fine wine and fresh challah to wise words and shofar blasts. Watch our tribute videos to Michael and Barbara and David learn about their incredible impact!
“Honor Thy Founders” with a festive feast, joyous reflections, and surprise guests + an All-Star After-Party featuring an intimate private performance with genre-defying powerhouse singer-songwriter Deva Mahal, decadent desserts, and of course, the finest wines.

“CRU CLASSE” (In Formation)
Grand Cru
Jon Silvan* & Marnie Berk
Michael Dorf & Sarah Connors
Bruce Ratner & Family
Jeffrey Schoenfeld
Jeffrey Solomon & Audrey Weiner

Premier Cru
Marina Pinto Kaufman* & Stephen Kaufman
Lisa Kaye
Madelyn & Steven Wils

Cheryl Whaley & Eric Aboaf
Pamela Rubin Carter* & Jon Carter
Natalie Cuchel
The Dorf Family
Stuart* & Debbie Himmelfarb
Rachel Tiven & Seth Marnin
Liz Hirsch & Karen Pratt
Joyce Zinbarg Rosenthal* & Steve Rosenthal


*Lab/Shul Board


MICHAEL DORF, Lab/Shul’s Founding Board Chair, is a celebrated music impresario and one of the most prolific independent promoters in New York city. In 1986 he founded New York City’s go-to venue for independent music, the Knitting Factory, and later expanded this concert house to global prominence. In 2002, Michael left his operating responsibilities to pursue other passions, including winemaking, and by 2008, Michael founded City Winery–Manhattan’s first fully-functional winery, restaurant, music venue and private event space, now with locations in Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Boston and Washington DC.
Michael’s philanthropic endeavors include a long-running fundraising music series raising over $1.5 million for numerous music and arts education programs. Michael also serves on the board of The Jewish Week. In search of a Jewish home in the early 2000s, Michael – together with his wife Sarah – founded Tribeca Hebrew, a thriving after-school program in Lower Manhattan which merged with JCP in 2009. Soon after, Michael and Sarah met Amichai and were introduced to Storahtelling. They were immediately hooked by Amichai’s depth of knowledge, sense of humor and Storahtelling’s ability to make the ancient and inaccessible feel new and meaningful. Michael joined the Storahtelling Board of Directors, and, soon after, helped to found Lab/Shul as a way to take Amichai’s vision to a new level of transformation and greater impact. Over the past six years, Michael and Sarah have been at the forefront of Lab/Shul’s success, have celebrated the B Mitzvah rituals of each of their three children with Lab/Shul, and are helping to prepare their beloved spiritual community for its next chapter.

BARBARA & RABBI DAVID KLINE met in the cast of a Manhattan Purim Spiel in 1964, David performing King Ahashueros to Barbara’s Queen Esther. They married a year later. They served congregations and organizations in the performing arts and progressive politics in New York, Philadelphia, Colorado Springs, and Monroe, Louisiana, while raising three children, Avi, Aliza and Shira. Their passions have always converged in Judaism–Barbara’s affinity for the physicality of ritual and David’s academia.
David pulpitted, taught college, protested the war, took part in the Chicago 1968 Democratic Convention as a Eugene McCarthy delegate, built custom bikes, and apprenticed himself to Chef James Beard. Barbara, a student of Martha Graham, founded a modern dance company, and later, a nationally recognized dance organization in Colorado that to this day attracts companies and choreographers from all over the world.
They recently returned to New York to live near their children and grandchildren. David is teaching Bible, publishing, studying, baking bread, and perfecting an indoor hydroponic garden. Barbara contributes her energy and expertise to the New York modern dance scene through consulting and volunteering. But more than anything, they stay central to the lives of their grandchildren Ela, Gila, Nomi and Bodhi. They expand Mikdash Ma-at every day, hosting family, friends, neighbors, with joyful ritual and food.


Any questions, please contact our Operations Manager, Sarah Strnad, at [email protected] or (212) 908-2523
The Lab/Shul Office
125 Maiden Lane, Suite 8B
New York, NY, 10038