The Lab/Shul High Holidays will be led by a large talented team, including:
AMICHAI LAU-LAVIE is the founding director of Storahtelling Inc. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performer, he was hailed by Time Out New York as “Super Star of David,” an “iconoclastic mystic,” and as “one of the most interesting thinkers in the Jewish world” by the New York Jewish Week.
He is a faculty member for Reboot, is a Synagogue 3000 spiritual leadership team member, and serves on several advisory boards. In September 2011 he began Rabbinical School Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. He’s the proud Abba of Alice, Ezra, and Charlotte Hallel.
SHIRA KLINE, aka ShirLaLa, is an internationally recognized performer and Jewish music educator. One of the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36, The New Re-Engineers” of Jewish life, she travels across the country and internationally delivering a dynamic, interactive program of joy and spirit, story and song. Raised in the world of Jewish music and the tradition of Torah, Shira has worked for over a decade with a diverse array of Jewish communities to enliven rituals, holiday celebrations, and love for Jewish life and prayer. She blends words, story and music to creates a rich experience for children and adults alike.
ShirLaLa has performed in hundreds of venues including the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, The Toronto Ashkenaz Festival, The Jewish Museum on Fifth Avenue, the Alyeska Resort in Alaska, and stages in England, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. Her three “outrageously hip Jewish kiddie rock” albums, a favorite with the PJ Library, are played in over 25,000 homes and schools. Find them at ShirLaLa.com along with “Blog Sameach,” a Jewish family resource center.
Shira serves on the faculty of the Hava NaShira Music Institute, adjunct faculty of HUC-JIR Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, and is a founding company member of Storahtelling and Lab / Shul where she is a ritual leader, maven, actor, writer, director and musician.
An important member of the Storahtelling community, this will be her 7th High Holiday service with the team. She will also be running the children’s programming during the High Holiday events.
JEREMY BROWN grew up playing classical violin, and discovered improvising and folk music during college in Berkeley, California. In 2001, Jeremy released an album of original music, titled “This Year in St. Louis”. The album was well-received, and led to performances around the Midwest by Jeremy’s klezmer-swing-grass band, “Treif”. In 2004, Jeremy moved to New York and has been an active member of the city’s Jewish music scene. Jeremy is a member of “Pitom”, an experimental ensemble who will be releasing their second album on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records later this year.
Jeremy has appeared on klezmer recordings with “Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar” and the Sy Kushner Band, as well as appearing as a soloist on albums by Ben Lapidus, Eitan Katz and many others. Jeremy has performed with numerous artists including Frank London, Dudu Fisher, Golem, and Margot Leverett’s Klezmer Mountain Boys.
BRIAN CARTER is an “all rolled into one” drummer/percussionist, drum circle facilitator, music teacher, and singer/songwriter.
He is founder and organizer of Brooklyn Drum Circles (a community of 400+ drumming enthusiasts), offering community and wellness based drum circles, dumbek workshops, and private instruction. In addition, he is the lead drumming instructor at Solstice Studio in NYC. Clients include PURE belly dance, Belle Voce women’s choir, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, The Park Manor Family Residence and children’s birthday parties.
Brian holds a masters degree in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and is a REMO Health Rhythms trained facilitator. In addition, he has been a music teacher in the NY public schools for 10 plus years, teaching all grade levels, K -12.
Brian’s performance credits include:
- National tours with the renowned Middle Eastern rock group, Raquy and The Cavemen
- Lead dumbek for Djinn, appearing on their CD, “The Middle East Side”. His easy-going nature has also made Brian a favorite among the NYC Middle Eastern dance community, with whom he plays at all sorts of diverse engagements.
- ‘Monkey’ Brian is on drum set/background vocals for the “KidDult” band, The FunkeyMonkeys. Their show is part theatre, part multi-genre music, and it incorporates funny sketches and improvised bits.
- He also plays drum set regularly with WorldJamRoots band, Sidecar Agogo, and “Dylan meets David Byrne” style band, Shoot The Messenger.
- Singer/Songwriter on guitar at The Baggott Inn, Sidewalk Cafe, C-Note Cafe, all in NYC.
Neshama Carlebach, a leading superstar in Jewish Entertainment, is continuing the legacy established by her father Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. His deep spirituality and love of all humanity filled every song he wrote and touched every person he encountered as he changed the face of Jewish music.
Like her father, Neshama’s talent and charisma captivate and endear her to people of all ages and backgrounds as she performs and teaches in cities worldwide. With her incredible band and in collaboration with The Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir, She continues to both deeply move and entertain as she sings her father’s incomparable melodies, and inspiring original compositions.
Netanel Goldberg is a vocal artist, creator, composer, performer, actor and healer through voice.
He grew up in Kibbutz Tirat Zvi, in the Bet Shean Valley in a home that resounded with classical and liturgical music. Music pervaded his home and seeped into his body and soul.
Rabbi David L Kline retired to Brooklyn from pulpit work in Philadelphia, Colorado Springs and Monroe, LA to be sabba to Ela, Gila, and Nomi, along with Barbara, the gramma. Father to Avram, Aliza (and Bradley), and Shira. 65 years on Shofar. In addition: teaches Tanach and translates for reading aloud, bakes bread including matsah, member of Fixers Cooperative, blogs at “Good to be a Jew.”