Lab/Shul’s Ritualist Award honors the achievements of outstanding artists in our community who are enhancing spiritual life with the creation of symbols, objects and extraordinary experiences.


Tobi Kahn: First Recipient of Lab/Shul’s Ritualist Award

“I believe art can take you on a journey and I’d like to be your guide.”
– Tobi Kahn

A decade ago, when Storahtelling started leading High Holiday worship events, we realized that we don’t have an ark to house the Torah scroll. Tobi Kahn, a beloved friend and teacher to many of us, offered to help, lending us a stunningly designed ark, a labor of his love. Since then, on each new season of the Jewish year, Tobi’s sacred ark is present with us as we open its doors and our hearts to new beginnings.

With gratitude and with admiration, the Lab/Shul Community honors Tobi Kahn with our first Ritualist Award, in recognition of his visionary contribution to the sanctification of art and the aesthetic enhancement of ritual life.

Tobi Kahn ( is a painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in over 40 solo exhibitions and over 60 museum and groups shows since he was selected as one of nine artists to be included in the 1985 Guggenheim Museum exhibition, New Horizons in American Art. Works by Kahn are in major museum, corporate, and private collections.

Kahn also communicates his vision through his passion for teaching. For twenty-eight years, he has taught fine arts workshops at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He also designed the art curriculum for several high schools in the New York area and co-founded and facilitates the Artists’ Beit Midrash at the Skirball Center of Temple Emanu-El. Kahn lectures extensively at universities and public forums internationally on the importance of visual language and art as healing. He lives with is wife, award winning author Nessa Rapoport, and their children, in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

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