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.
DAVID BROZA, Israeli superstar, has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world.
His charismatic and energetic performances have brought to worldwide audiences, a fusion of the three different countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain, and England, filling concert halls with his famous guitar playing, ranging from flamenco flavored rhythmic and percussion techniques, to whirlwind finger picking, to a signature rock and roll sound. Broza unites the three worlds by utilizing his ability to take on the troubadour tradition, up to now, featuring lyrics of the worlds’ greatest poets.
More than a singer/songwriter, David Broza is also well known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian causes, predominantly, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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.
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.
NAOMI LESS is an internationally renown, multi-skilled professional – musician, trainer and educator – who creates tailor-made experiences for clientele of all ages. Naomi has extensive experience in conference planning, spiritual leadership and facilitation and experiential educational delivery.
Naomi tours extensively with her half-Israeli, half-American Jewish rock band, performing concerts and leading worship events around the globe.
Currently Naomi serves as the associate director of Storahtelling’s Lab/Shul, an experimental, everybody friendly, artist-driven community for sacred Jewish gatherings in New York City, reaching the world. She is also a founding company member of Storahtelling.
Hailing from Switzerland, multi-disciplined drummer/percussionist MATHIAS KUNZLI has become ubiquitous in the New York City music scene. He can be found most every night of the week in some of Manhattan and Brooklyn’s finest concert venues, performing in a variety of styles, with artists and bands of many genres.
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.
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.”
Rosh Hashana Mavens
Alexander Nemser is a writer, performer, and educator based in Brooklyn. He has performed his work internationally, from the Cherry Lane Theater in Manhattan, to the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka. His first book, The Sacrifice of Abraham (Bookieman), was published this summer.
Elana is the author of Eyes, Stones (LSU Press 2012) poems examining the many narratives of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. She leads creative writing workshops nationally and internationally, and serves as a consultant for the pioneering peace building and leadership organization, Seeds of Peace. Elana was a recent finalist for the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism.
A native New Yorker, Sabrina Hayeem-Ladani has been a poet, performer and flamenco dancer for more than 15 years. Her work was most recently published in the anthology So Much Things To Say: One Hundred Poems of Calabash (Akashic Books). Sabrina is also member of the Hot Poets Collective, a group of diverse poets who published their first collection, Of Fire, Of Iron.
Yom Kippur Mavens
Amanda Miller is a writer, performer, Jewish educator, and yoga instructor. She teaches at Kolot Chayeinu, Beth Elohim, Union Temple and East End Temple, and performs regularly as a Maven at Temple Emmanuel. Amanda wrote and published a memoir, One Breath, Then Another, which she then adapted into an interactive solo show about her yoga teacher training in India, inviting the audience to move and meditate. MFA Creative Writing, The New School. BFA Acting, NYU.
David Winitsky is the founder of the Jewish Plays Project, a LABA Artist Fellow, and a 2014 UpStart Fellow. More importantly, he is the proud husband of Elizabeth Samet and father to Zeke (13) and Lex (10).