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.


WANTED: A Few Good Mavens


maven-ls-logo_URLAre you a NYC-based Jewish educator, student clergy, performing artist, or B’nai Mitzvah tutor?

Become a Maven, joining Lab/Shul’s in-house team of innovative educators that are raising the bar on B Mitzva education.

This summer, Storahtelling Lab/Shul invites you to our annual Storahtelling Maven Method™ Seminar in downtown NYC. We’ll train talented recruits with experience in B Mitzva education to use our signature pedagogy, radically reinventing how teens relate to Torah: modern, relevant, embodied, and outloud.   

*(Are you clergy or an educator at another synagogue or community and want access to this training for your community? See below for your opportunity to participate in this seminar.)

Successfully trained Mavens will be invited to join our team of Lab/Shul B Mitzvah trainers working with teens in our Raising the Bar program.

The training seminar will be held August 15-19, led by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Naomi Less, Storahtelling senior trainers and guest teachers.



Lab/Shul is an everybody friendly, artist-driven, experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings based in NYC, reaching the world.  www.labshul.org



Storahtelling, (created in 1999) is a unique method of integrating Jewish education with the performing arts, transforming the way modern Jews make meaning of their inherited legacy of narratives and rituals.  Storahtelling has grown into a global network of local leaders, clergy, artists and educators dedicated to creating a more informed and engaged Jewish community.



Lab/Shul’s Storahtelling Mavens restore the ancient role of the translator who revitalizes the traditional Torah Reading Ritual  through dramatic, interpretive translation.


Got what it takes to become a Maven B-Mitzvah Trainer?

  • Educators with artistic-sensibilities, teaching artists or actors with great teens skills
  • Ability to facilitate meaningful conversations with 11-13 year olds
  • Desire to inspire people with Jewish wisdom, knowledge, and humor
  • Possess basic Judaic literacy and Hebrew skills
  • Plan to stay in New York City for at least the next 2 years
  • Ability to attend mandatory full-day training August 15-19, 2016 (non-negotiable)


To Apply:

Please submit a resume, picture/headshot and letter describing your experience in the following content areas:

  • education/teaching/tutoring experience
  • arts/arts education (performance, curation, design, directing, etc.)
  • Judaic content knowledge (bible, hebrew, holidays, background experience or schooling)


Please send to: [email protected]


*Are you a clergy member or educator from another community or outside of NY?

You can participate in the Storahtelling Maven Seminar as well. A select number of for-fee participation places will be available in our training seminar. Please be in touch with Naomi Less if you are interested in joining us for information about rates. [email protected]


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