September 18, 2014
Lab/Shul has been featured in the NY Blueprint’s section on High Holidays options for singles.
Formerly known as Storahtelling, this shul is indeed a type of laboratory: for unique Jewish worship. For its theatrical High Holidays services, Lab/Shul enlists performers, musicians, playwrights and other artists to dramatize Torah readings from the Hebrew Bible and bring the holidays alive.
September 23, 2014
For a progressive arts-based High High Holidays there’s LabShul whose tagline says it all: “Everybody Friendly. God Optional.” Services are led by Rabbi Amichai-Lau Lavie, founder of Storahtelling and will feature musicians David Broza, Shira Kline and Netanel Goldberg among others. The event is produced with Brice Rosenbloom of Boom Collective whose upcoming shows include Patti Smith, a J Dilla Birthday celebration, Man Man and the Winter Jazz Festival.
September 30, 2014
Elastic City is a series of “participatory walks” — not tours — created five years ago by artist Todd Shalom. Shalom, 37, said the walks are more “experience-based” than tours, which are “fact-based.” Different artists host the walks, which aim to give participants a “new perspective on place, form and community.” […]
Walks so far have included “Let It Go: A Tashlich Walk,” which draws on an ancient Jewish ritual of walking toward a body of water as a way to start fresh in the new year. Shalom said the walk is hosted by Amichai Lau-Levie, who performs drag and is carrying on his family’s nearly 40 generation tradition to become a rabbi, and Shawn Shafner, an artist who explores waste and our relationship to it. The Tuesday night walk started in Hell’s Kitchen, and participants walked to the Hudson River, where they casted off an item or clothing or utensil.
Shalom said the ceremony is a way to “physically and mentally clear our minds in such a gorgeous way.”