Is this a synagogue?
We’re a lab, remixing Judaism for the 21st century and our evolving diverse community. Like a synagogue and a shul, we’re a vibrant space to nurture your personal growth, support your communal and spiritual needs, and explore the ways Jewish tradition can help make life meaningful today – for everyone.
The notion of Divine Presence is a personal and unique experience for each individual, as well as a significant historical feature of Judaism. In our ongoing search for authentic, common, spiritual ground, we replace the reliance on the English term “God” with a multiplicity of metaphors and prisms that embrace a more modern, gender-neutral, and abstract relationship to what is ultimately beyond language. We invite you in on your own terms, in your own way, to co-create this experience with us.
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 is truly everybody-friendly, meaning we accept, respect, and invite the full spectrum of human existence without exception or judgement. So if you’re Jewish/Jew(ish)/not-at-all Jewish, interfaith, mutli-faith, not-really-into-faith, POC, LGBTQI+, older, younger, from here or from there – welcome home.
That means you’re LGBTQ friendly, right?
“Friendly” doesn’t even BEGIN to describe it…
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 night, and on Yom Kippur some prefer to 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 Hammerstein Ballroom, on 34th Street between 8th and 9th Ave: 311 West 34th, New York, NY 10001. Some of our public events will be held at different locations across NYC, so check the schedule closely!
How Do I Get THere?
Hammerstein Ballroom is centrally located feet from New York’s Pennsylvania Station. You can get there by subway, LIRR, NJ Transit, Amtrak, and various bus lines.
Hammerstein Ballroom can be accessed by the A,C,E,1,2,3,7 to 34th Street-Penn Station or the B/D/F/M/N/R/Q to 34th Street Herald Square and walking two avenues.
LIRR, NJ Transit, and Amtrak all service Penn Station which is just down the block from Hammerstein Ballroom. New Jersey PATH trains can be taken to 33rd Street/Avenue of the Americas. It is also accessible from Metro-North by taking the Shuttle (S) subway from Grand Central Terminal then take to Times Square and transferring to a downtown 1,2,3 trains to 34th Street-Penn Station.
There are several nearby parking lots: LAZ Parking 300 W 31st St between 7th and 8th Avenues, ICON Parking at One Pennsylvania Plaza on 34th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, and more in the vicinity.
How does seating work?
Everyone who has purchased a pass is guaranteed a seat. Seating works on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early!
In response to requests from many of our loyal community members we are experimenting with offering reserved seating at a premium price. Reserved seats will be designated in various sections throughout the venue. While this option offers the security of ensuring one or more specific seats, reserved seats are not, however, necessarily the "best” seats in the house.
What is Partnerhood?
Lab/Shul Partnerhood is our new membership model, which replaces SeasonPass. It entitles individuals to receive 50% off Reserved and General Admission seats for High Holy Days. To learn more about Partnerhood and to enroll, please read more on our website.
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!)
is the space accessible?
Lab/Shul is committed to creating “everybody friendly” spaces for people of differing abilities and needs to the best of our ability. If you have specific questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs.
Physical Access: The Hammerstein Ballroom has wheelchair and walker accessibility. Access to the lobby, main worship space, restrooms, and balconies is possible through ramps and elevators. While the curb immediately in front of the building is not cut, both of the street corners at 34th and 8th Ave and 34th and 9th Ave have curb cut access. The nearest subway - Penn Station - is an accessible station.
Sound: If you are sensitive to sound or need to be closer to the speakers, please email email@example.com to ensure you have seats that fit your needs.
Visual: Lab/Shul projects all of the liturgy used in worship onto large screens, offering “hands free” access to prayer. If you would like a printouts of the slides please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quiet Room: Lab/Shul provides a space for children and adults who need to access a quiet room for a sensory break. Space will be limited, so if you think access to the quiet room will be helpful to you or your child, please email email@example.com for how to access this space at Hammerstein.
As always, we welcome your suggestions on how to make our High Holy Days experience as accessible as possible for our community.