What’s “Becoming Full Circle”?
This year’s High Holy Days focus is “Becoming Full Circle”. We are exploring our human needs for empathy, intimacy and co-existence, made more urgent by urban, digital and political realities. Join us at the head of the year, and all year round, to co-create intimate and local communal circles of care, compassion, and justice as ways to better connect us to our best selves and to each other from across the spectrum of divides. Join us to ripple.
Is this a synagogue?
We’re not so much a synagogue as an experimental, artist-driven, everybody-friendly, God-optional, pop-up community for sacred Jewish gatherings based in NYC, and reaching the world. Lab/Shul is a lab, remixing Judaism for the 21st century and our evolving diverse community, comprised of people from many backgrounds, faiths, zip codes and passions. We’re in constant conversation and exploration of all the elements that go into nurturing our personal growth, communal needs and global connections.
Um…say what??? God-optional?
Whatever your relationship or non-relationship with the Divine, Lab/Shul speaks your language. Welcome. Our unique, original poetic translations of the liturgy reflect our commitment to a more modern, mindful, gender-neutral, and abstract understanding of prayer. We embrace what Judith Plaskow calls a relationship that “is with us instead of over us, a partner in dialogue who ever and again summons us to responsible action.”
There are so many different forms of prayer, all aspiring to the heightened consciousness of awe, appreciation, and presence in the here and now. We invite you in on your own terms, in your own way.
But I know ZERO Hebrew!
Easy. We use projections, not prayer books, so everything is big and bright and super easy to follow along. Included with any Hebrew you will see transliteration and our original poetic God-optional English translations.
Sounds great! What’s happening for my kids?
Lab/Jr. is happening! Highly skilled, trained and enthusiastic, experiential educators are offering engaging kids programming for everyone from 0-12. Click here for more info.
How does seating work?
First-come, first-sit! Come early.
What if I can’t afford seats?
No one is turned away for financial reasons. Please call Sarah Strnad at 212-908-2523 to discuss a workable arrangement.
What if I or my partner(s) are not Jewish?
We are 100% everybody-friendly and all inclusive. If you or your partner(s) are included in “everybody,” you are welcome with open hearts.
Are you LGBTQ friendly?
We’re loud, we’re proud, we’re queer, we’re here.
What if I have a disability, is the space accessible?
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center is accessible, through an alternate side entrance on West St., between Chambers and Harrison. An usher will greet you at the side gate and direct you into the building. Please contact Sarah at [email protected] to discuss your accessibility needs.
Should I wear a suit/white robe/leather shoes?
With respect for the importance of these days, wear whatever allows you to feel comfortable, open, and present. (FYI, we glam up on Rosh Hashana night, and on Yom Kippur some prefer to abstain from leather shoes…or footwear in general. Discretion advised.)
Should I bring my yarmulke?
We encourage you to suit up with any ritual gear that is part of your religious practice. We don’t provide prayer shawls but we do have cool kippot.
Can my dog come?
We love your puppy’s instagram account, but for worship events, service dogs only please.
I’m ready! How do I reserve my seats?
Yay! Right here.
I’m literally ALL about this. Can I help out or volunteer?
Of. Course. Sign up here!