labjr-logo_LS-URL-socialcardWhat is Lab/Jr?

Led by a team of gifted and dedicated experiential educators, Lab/Jr brings a special dynamic of meaningful learning and artistic adventure for children at our High Holy Days. This year’s programming and NEW two Family Friendly Worship options are crafted by Lab/Shul’s Director of Family Education Shira Kline and Lab/Shul’s Director of Storahtelling Naomi Less.

 


 

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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 and their parents. NEW this year, we have two Family Friendly Worship options for different ages: Young Family Worship (0-7) with Shira Kline and Family Worship (8-12) with Naomi Less.

 


 

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Parallel to adult learning, Lab/Jr will explore the implications, motivations, and actions of this year’s theme, “re:love.” Inspired by the book The Invisible String by Patrice Karst, our youngest at Play/Lab will draw connections between themselves and their loved ones. Kid/Lab will explore the vocabulary and actions of heart pointing, as well as a specially tailored original Maven Storahtelling performance. At Tween/Lab, our oldest children will delve into the liturgy of love and its relevance to today’s culture.

 


 

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When you reserve your seats for the High Holy Days, please check off the box to indicate that your child/ren will be joining us for Lab/Jr programming. Please note that if your child/ren do not participate, they are expected to stay with you during worship. Our educators look forward to meeting you with your children at a mandatory check-in Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning.

 

 

 

Lab/Jr. Schedule

 

Monday, October 3rd
Rosh Hashanah Day

 

9:00am–9:45am Lab/Jr Worship:

  • Young Family Worship (0-7) with Shira
  • Family Worship (8-12) with Naomi

 

9:45am–11:45am Lab/Jr Programming:

  • PlayLab (0-4)
  • KidLab (5-7)
  • KidLab (8-10)
  • TweenLab (11-12)

Wednesday, October 12th
Yom Kippur Day

 

9:00am–9:45am Lab/Jr Worship:

  • Young Family Worship (0-7) with Shira
  • Family Worship (8-12) with Naomi

 

9:45am–12:30pm Lab/Jr Programming:

  • PlayLab (0-4)
  • KidLab (5-7)
  • KidLab (8-10)
  • TweenLab (11-12)

Please note, there is no family programming Rosh Hashanah Eve (10/11) and Kol Nidrei (10/11).

 

 

 Educators

 

Amanda Miller is a writer, actor, yoga instructor and Community Word Project trained teaching artist who has been teaching in NYC’s Jewish community since 2010. She has taught drama and yoga at Sprout Brooklyn Day Camp for the past two summers and currently teaches at Union Temple and Kolot Chayeinu. Amanda has been a maven and educator with Storahtelling/Lab-Shul since 2011. She has been co-creating and performing mavens at Temple Emmanu-El’s Friday evening family service since 2013. OneBreathThenAnother.com

 


 

Rose Snitz is a songleader, educator, and Jewish youth worker located in Brooklyn, NY. Her passion is to engage the next generation of Jewish people and leaders. She has a wide range of experience working with 2-90 year olds through worship, in classrooms, at youth group events, and in camp settings. Rose is excited and honored to be rejoining the LabJr team again to bring in the New Year!

 


 

Aaron Walker is a progressive Jewish educator. He has led youth education for the Smithsonian, URJ and JCC camps, and was head of education on board a historic sailing ship used in Pirates of the Caribbean. He has a master’s in food history from University of Toronto, and creates lessons using music, food, dance and simulations to critically approach Jewish religious practices, ethics and culture.

 


 

Shawn Shafner is an artist, educator, activist and founder of The People’s Own Organic Power Project. His latest show, An Inconvenient Poop, was a Time Out NY Critic’s Pick and garnered the 2015 award for Overall Excellence in Solo Performance from the New York International Fringe Festival. He enjoys creating projects that encourage socialization among strangers, including The Clap (with Laura Silver), a tashlich art walk for Elastic City (with Amichai Lau-Lavie), and Latch/Attach for the World Policy Institute, Fourth Arts Block and Cooper Union. Shawn was a 2014-15 LABA Fellow, 2014-15 iLAND resident in collaboration with LMCC, and last year joined the Charles and Lynn Schusterman’s ROI Community. You can find him teaching mindfulness in urban schools through Move This World, and engaging young children at the 14th Street Y, JCC Manhattan, Union Temple and the Jewish Center of the Hamptons.

 


 

JessAnn Smith is so happy to be spending the high holidays with Lab/Shul for the fourth year in a row! In addition to freelancing teaching in Jewish Ed and secular music all over NYC, JessAnn also acts, improvises, sings and plays trombone. JessAnn loves coffee, international travel and art, and wishes everyone a meaningful and magical 5777. (SAG-AFTRA & AEA, more @therealjessann and JessAnn.com)

 


 

Miryam Coppersmith is a Philadelphia-based performer, educator and writer. She is the co-author of the young adult fantasy novel, The Necrarian (available on Amazon and in print). For more about her teaching and creative projects, go to MiryamCoppersmith.com.

 


 

Noam Lekach is a passionate Jewish educator. He loves history, juggling, cooking, and singing loudly with all ages. He has experience teaching Hebrew to kids and adults in Hannah Senesh Community Day School, Park Slope Jewish Center, the Boston-area Jewish Education Project, Brandeis University Hebrew Program and Middlebury College’s School of Hebrew. Noam holds a BA in Colonial/Postcolonial Studies with High Honors in History from Brandeis University. Noam is excited to continue exploring Judaism with Lab/Jr.

 


 

Melissa Shaw has worked as a Teaching Artist and Facilitator for Girl Be Heard, the Anti-Defamation League, Community Word Project, Kolot Chayeinu, and Global Arts to Go. She has taught a wide variety of populations including students from around the New York area, the NYPD, Thai English Language Learners and NGO leaders in Vietnam. As a storyteller and performance artist, she has performed and read at various venues throughout the city including the Bowery Poetry Club, Tell It: Brooklyn, and the Red Room. Melissa holds her MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College.

 


 

Valerie Issembert is theatre teacher and director at the Alexandria Country Day School in Virginia. She directs at the conservatory program for the Wingspan Arts Organization in New York City during the summer. Valerie holds a BS in Theatre from Skidmore College and a Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University.

 


 

Ariel Bronstein has spent a year living, studying and volunteering in Israel on Young Judaea Year Course program after graduating from Solomon Schechter High School. There she learned about lost Jewish communities. She traveled to Portugal, India, South Africa and Uganda meeting with the Jewish communities there. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and child development from Tufts University before becoming a school teacher in Boston Massachusetts. She returned to New York where she has been working as a preschool teacher at Beit Rabban Day school.

 


 

Rebecca Timman is a Jewish educator who loves to examine Torah and get down to the roots of Judaism. She has worked with children and adults of all ages to understand our ancient traditions and bring them into the context of our daily lives.

Rebecca is also a life long artist who loves yoga and is frequently caught laughing and singing aloud while walking down the streets of Manhattan.