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Sarah Sokolic joins Lab/Shul as organization’s first-ever Executive Director

Sarah Sokolic joins Lab/Shul as organization’s first-ever Executive Director


The Lab/Shul Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Sarah Sokolic as its first-ever Executive Director, effective July 1.


Sokolic is a founding co-creator of Lab/Shul and has served as the organization’s Vice Chair of the Board of Directors since its inception in 2012. Since 2009, she has served as Director of Admissions at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, where her innovations included the creation of an in-house Jewish artist-in-residence program and various pluralistic community-building initiatives.


“After an extensive search process we concluded that our leader was right in our midst,” said Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Lab/Shul’s Founder and Spiritual Director.  


“Sarah fully embodies Lab/Shul’s mission. She brings the passion, professional skills and leadership needed to translate our vision into an ongoing reality. She is a trusted and gifted partner and I am thrilled to be working with her again,” he said.


From 2005 through 2009 Sokolic worked side by side with Lau-Lavie on his first project, Storahtelling, a Jewish ritual theater company that pioneered replicable models for the integration of Jewish education and the performing arts.


“Stepping in as Lab/Shul’s Executive Director is a natural extension of the work I’ve pursued over the past 25 years as a professional and lay leader in both the private sector and in Jewish communal life, and as a performing artist,” Sokolic said.


“The Executive Director of an organization has to live and breathe the values of the organization’s mission; Lab/Shul falls right into my sweet spot at the nexus of art, progressive Jewish values, and social justice. I’m thrilled to be working with a world class team of artists and professionals to further the work of this growing and thriving community,” she said.


“Sarah has unparalleled institutional knowledge and has developed deep and meaningful relationships with innumerable stakeholders in our organization,” said Michael Dorf, Lab/Shul’s Chair of the Board of Directors. “She has been my collaborator and partner for many years on the board and I have never felt more inspired and excited for Lab/Shul’s next chapter.”


Lab/Shul invites the community to welcome Sarah to her new role on June 13 at Welcome. – the organization’s annual celebration.


For more information about Lab/Shul, log on to www.labshul.org.  

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