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Interactive, meaningful and musical family worship on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings from 9:00am-9:45am for kids of all ages and their parents.
We are excited to host tailored programming for four different age groups led by a team of professional educators and artists on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings.
This Year’s Themes
We’re going to explore different kinds of family formations dating back to our first family, and how the seasons begin and end.
Our Lab/Jr. is lead by highly skilled, trained and enthused educators, with support from Raising The Bar alumni/teens and guidance from our Family Programming Coordinator, Rachel Figurasmith.
How to Register for Lab/Jr.?
When you RSVP for the high holy days, please check off the box to indicate that your child/ren will be joining us for the Lab/Jr. programs. Please note that if your child/ren do not participate in our Lab/Jr., they are expected to stay with you.
Our educators look forward to meeting you to check-in and make nametags.
Rachel Figurasmith is the Family Programming Coordinator at Lab/Shul year round. She has been working in youth development in a variety of roles and organizations for over a decade. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Rachel has worked with young people in schools, after-schools and summer camps all over the city and beyond.
When Rachel isn’t working with Lab/Shul, she works as an education consultant with NYC-based organizations including Ramapo for for Children, where she leads interactive workshops with educators all over the NYC area. Rachel has a BA from Hampshire College, an MAJE from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Certificate in Special Education from Hebrew College.
Miryam Coppersmith is a Brooklyn-based performer, writer and educator. She recently graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Dance and Creative Writing, receiving the Helen Ward Memorial Prize in Theater and Dance. Miryam is very excited to join the Lab/Shul team!
Amanda Miller is an NYC-based Jewish educator, actor, writer, and yoga instructor. She has been an artist/ educator with Lab/Shul since 2011. For the past five years she has been teaching Jewish studies and Hebrew through the arts to children ages four to twelve at Congregation Beth Elohim, Kolot Chayeinu, East End Temple, Union Temple and Temple Emmanu-El. She has also taught drama, yoga and Jewish values at summer camps Sprout Brooklyn, the JCC, and Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and California. Amanda completed a teaching artist internship and training program with Community Word Project, earned her yoga teacher certification from Yoga Vidya Gurukul (an ashram in India), and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BFA in Acting from NYU. Learn more about her here.
Amalia Ritter is originally from Denver and has an extensive background in performing arts including theatre, dance, and music and is so excited to become a part of the Lab/Shul team. Amalia has extensive experience in caring for children, including one year she spent volunteering in a children’s hospital in Israel as a nurses’ aide. She speaks Hebrew and has taught in various Hebrew school programs around New York City for the past four years. This fall, she will be starting a new full time position as a preschool teacher with the Jewish Community Project Downtown.
Melissa Schaffer teaches music, theatre, and movement to children and adults in New York City and New Jersey public and private schools, after-school enrichment programs and camps. She is a Cantorial Soloist who performs and teaches Shabbaton’s nationally and leads a monthly Sacred Hebrew Chant group. She is an actress who appeared off-Broadway this year, and her play with original music, “Windows”, recently won the inaugural playwriting contest for Shoah Stories Onstage. Melissa is committed to teaching and learning from her students and igniting the spirit with creativity, heart, and fun!
Rose Snitz is a spiritual leader, songleader, and educator who grew up in Tulsa, OK and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is passionate about engaging the next generation of Jewish people and leaders. Rose has a wide range of experience working with 2 and 3 year olds up to 75 year olds in services, classrooms, youth group events, and camp settings. She is excited and honored to be working and praying with the LabShul community to bring in this New Year!
Ritual and Storah Leaders
Throughout the year, Shira travels across the country and internationally delivering a dynamic, interactive program of joy and spirit, story and song. She works with a diverse array of Jewish communities to enliven rituals, holiday celebrations, and love for Jewish life and prayer. The product of a modern rabbi and a modern dancer, Shira blends words, story and music to create a rich experience for children and adults alike. Shira is on the faculty of Hava Nashira and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School for Sacred Music. Check out her work at ShirLaLa.com
Naomi Less is a Brooklyn-based, internationally celebrated singer/songwriter, ritual worship musician and experiential educator. She tours extensively with her half-Israeli, half-American music ensemble, performing rock shows, acoustic concerts, and soulful worship events around the globe. Her two solo albums reflect a diversity of style and content – ranging from vulnerable liturgical ballads to high-octane, celebratory rock. Naomi founded Jewish Chicks Rock and Jewish Kids Rock band programs.
Currently Naomi serves as the associate director of Storahtelling Lab/Shul, an experimental, everybody friendly, artist-driven community for sacred Jewish gatherings in New York City, reaching the world. She is a proud Storahtelling founding company member and Storahtelling Maven trainer. Check out her work on YouTube and NaomiLess.com