Welcome to Lab/Shul, an artist-driven, everybody-friendly, God-optional, pop up, experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings based in NYC and reaching the world.


Lab/Shul + Base BKLYN Present: BYOArt

It’s midnight and I’m working on a new poem about “love” for the upcoming Valentine’s Day Love Rally in Washington Square Park (quick shameless plug: The Love Rally – it’s going to be amazing. Do you realize how many brilliant people are speaking??)

ncEkLdRcAI’m not nearly as last minute with this one as I have been in the past but still, I’m worried – Who do I know that will help me edit this on such short notice? Who am I willing to let read something so rough and unedited and…ugh, imperfect? Who can I trust to not just tell me “It’s nice, I like it” but give me critical and constructive feedback? And who meets all those criteria AND lives in NYC, maybe even in my neighborhood??

paint1I am not, by any means, the only artist in the world to feel this way, to ask those questions, to yearn for a community, to think nostalgically on that time in their life, maybe college, when they had a whole group of peers who they trusted to experiment, play, mess-up, and take risks in front of. These issues are particularly pressing for young artists, who don’t have a long career and deep roots which they can tap for feedback. And now I have an incredible gift – working for an organization where I get to lab new ways of building community, every day. BYOArt is my first totally ground up attempt to do so on behalf of Lab/Shul, and I’m honored to share it with all of you.

We teamed up with some of the most exciting and creative people I know, Jon and Faith Leerner at Base BKLYN – a powerhouse duo working to uncover, grow, and shape the emerging young Williamsburg-Greenpoint-Bushwick Jewish community…and who happen to live around the corner from me – to attempt an answer to those needs, and more.


So. We’re proud to announce…

BYOArt: a monthly gathering of young artists, writers, performers, musicians and more to share new work, receive feedback, give advice, blow minds, collaborate, meet, mix, eat and drink. BYOB (kosher please) and A.


Our first ever BYOArt is this month!

Saturday Feb. 20th


@ Base BKLYN (Williamsburg)

RSVP for address (space is very limited)

I’m eager for your feedback. Wishing you open hearts and blown minds this February.

-Ezra Bookman
Program Associate