Is this a synagogue?
We’re not so much a synagogue as an experimental, artist-driven, everybody-friendly, God-optional, pop-up community for sacred Jewish gatherings based in NYC, and reaching the world. Lab/Shul is a lab, remixing Judaism for the 21st century and our evolving diverse community, comprised of people from many backgrounds, faiths, zip codes and passions. We’re in constant conversation and exploration of all the elements that go into nurturing our personal growth, communal needs and global connections.
Whatever your relationship or non-relationship with the Divine, Lab/Shul speaks your language. Welcome. There are so many different forms of prayer, all aspiring to the heightened consciousness of awe, appreciation, and presence in the here and now. We invite you in on your own terms, in your own way.
Our unique, original poetic translations of the liturgy reflect our commitment to a more modern, mindful, gender-neutral, and abstract understanding of prayer. We embrace what theologian Judith Plaskow calls a relationship that “is with us instead of over us, a partner in dialogue who ever and again summons us to responsible action.”
But I know ZERO Hebrew....
Easy. Included with any Hebrew you will see transliteration and our original poetic God-optional English translations. We use projections, not prayer books, so it's easy to follow along.
Sounds great! What’s happening for my KIDS?
What if my loved ones and I are not Jewish? What if my loved ones and I are _____? Will we be welcome?
Lab/Shul truly is everybody-friendly. We welcome all races, all religions, all countries of origin, all sexual orientations, all genders, all ages, and all abilities with open hearts.
That means you’re LGBTQ friendly, right?
Should I wear a suit/white robe/leather shoes? Should I bring a yarmulke or tallit?
With respect for the importance of these days, wear whatever allows you to feel comfortable, open, and present. We encourage you to suit up with any ritual gear that is part of your religious practice. We don’t provide prayer shawls but we do have cool kippot.
Pro Tip: Most glam up on Rosh Hashanah evening, and on Yom Kippur some prefer to wear white and abstain from leather shoes...or footwear in general. Discretion advised.
Wow, I Love this! Can I help out or volunteer?
Where’s this all happening?
All our worship events and meals will be held at the Grand Prospect Hall, on Prospect Ave between 5th and 6th Ave: 263 Prospect Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11215.
Some of our public events will be held at different locations across NYC, so check the schedule closely!
Oy, Brooklyn??? How do I get there?
Easy! 4 miles from downtown. Easy subway access. Free on-site parking.
From Prospect Avenue R/W* Station (4 min walk)
Exit the station and head east on Prospect Avenue towards 5th Ave
After you cross 5th Ave, the destination will be on your left
*Note: The W runs through Prospect Ave during rush hours, from 6:30am to 9:30am and 3:30pm to 8:00pm, Monday–Friday. The D and N trains run through Prospect Ave only from 12:00am to 6:30am.
From 7 Ave G Station (14 min walk)
Exit the station and head south on Prospect Ave towards 9th St
Turn right on Prospect Ave. After you cross 6th Ave, the destination will will be on your right
For your convenience, there is $15 CASH valet parking lot located at Grand Prospect Hall. There are 100 available spots available first come first serve. If the parking lot is full, there are 2-hour parking meters in the area active until 7 PM, or there are several nearby parking lots: 429 12 Street between 7th & 8th Avenues (Slope Parking Corporation) / 11th Street between 7th & 8th Ave (Car Park Systems) / 15th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues (Central Parking)
How does seating work?
First-come first-sit. Come early! We'll sit together in expansive concentric circles, embodying the communal circles of care needed ahead to heal our country and our world
What if I can’t afford seats?
No one is turned away for financial reasons. Please call Sarah Strnad at 212-908-2523 to discuss a workable arrangement.
P.S. Volunteering is a great way to give with your hands if giving with your funds is out of reach (plus a great way to make new friends!)
What if I have a disability, is the space accessible?
The Grand Prospect Hall is accessible through the side entrance connected to its private parking lot. A volunteer will greet you at the side door. There is an elevator to take you up to the 2nd floor for worship. Please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your accessibility needs.