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Lab/Jr. brings dynamic, meaningful learning and artistic adventure for kids ages 0-13 at our High Holy Days, carefully crafted by our Director of Family Education Shira Kline (aka ShirLaLa), along with our talented Lead Educators and Advisory Circle. Families with young children are invited into this year’s theme, “AWE,” through imaginative play, movement and music. 

TO REGISTER:

When you save your seat for the High Holy Days, make sure to provide your kids’ names and ages; they will be automatically registered for all Lab/Jr. Programming. If your kids do not participate, they will be expected to stay with you during worship.

"It was the most inspiring and engaging children's worship experience. I have truly never seen anything that comes close to what you created."

-Rabbi Sara Luria

 
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LAB/Jr. PROGRAMS

PlayLab (ages 0-4 + an adult) Led by veteran Storahtelling performer and master educator, Shawn Shafner. Parents with children this age are invited to drop in at any time for PlayLab activities.

KidLab A (ages 5-7) Led by Raising the Bar trainer and multi-medium artist educator, Stephanie Guedalia.

KidLab B (ages 8-10) Led by experiential educator and Judaic specialist, Laura Marder.

TweenLab (ages 11-12) Led by Raising the Bar and Justice Club’s very own Melissa Shaw and our Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow, Rabbi Emily Cohen. TweenLab will visit the main sanctuary worship for the main Storahtelling performance with our Ritual Artists and explore each morning’s stories through the Storahtelling methodology. 


LAB/Jr. SCHEDULE

**Please note, there is no family programming during main worship in The Evenings. Children are always welcome and expected to participate with their parents.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th

Rosh Hashanah EVE

6pm-6:45pm
Big Earth Bday Party: Virtual Online Lab/Jr. Play Time


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th

Rosh Hashanah Day

8:15am
Nosh & Coffee

9:00am
Rise & Shine Worship Options +
Lab/Jr. & Raising the Bar (RTB) Family Friendly Worship:

• Ages 0-7 and their parents with Shira Kline
• Ages 8-10 and their parents with Naomi Less
• Ages 11-13 and their parents with Rabbi Emily Cohen

9:45am
Main Worship + Lab/Jr. Kids Programming

• PlayLab (0-4)
• KidLab A (5-7)
• KidLab B (8-10)
• TweenLab (11-13)

11:45 am
Lab/Jr. joins Main Worship

12:30pm
Main worship ends
Kiddush: Meet, Greet, Challah & Honey


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8th

YOM KIPPUR EVE

6pm-6:45pm
Big Awesome Heart: Virtual Online Lab/Jr. Play Time


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9th

Yom Kippur Day

8:15am
Doors open

9:00am
Rise & Shine Worship Options +
Lab/Jr. & Raising the Bar (RTB) Family Friendly Worship:

• Ages 0-7 and their parents with Shira Kline
• Ages 8-10 and their parents with Naomi Less
• Ages 11-13 and their parents with Rabbi Emily Cohen

9:45am
Main Worship + Lab/Jr. Kids Programming

• PlayLab (0-4)
• KidLab A (5-7)
• KidLab B (8-10)
• TweenLab (11-13)

1:00pm
Lab/Jr. joins Main Worship

1:30pm
Main Worship ends


LAB/JR EDUCATORS

 

Shira Kline aka ShirLaLa

DIRECTOR OF LAB/JR. FAMILY EDUCATION, DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP AND High Holy Days MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Recognized as a “revolutionary educator” and named one of the “new re-engineers of Jewish life,” Shira works worldwide as a performance and ritual artist.  She is a co-founder of both Storahtelling and Lab/Shul. When you flip her upside down, she is ShirLaLa kiddie rocker, sacred musician and educator with the little ones.

Day Schildkret

Lab/Jr. Artist in Residence

Internationally known for Morning Altars, Day has inspired tens of thousands of people of all ages across the globe to be awed with impermanent earth art. Morning Altars is igniting an international movement of art, mindfulness and ritual that renews and redeems our relationship to nature, creativity, mindfulness and impermanence. Day is the author of Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit through Nature, Art and Ritual.

 

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Rabbi Emily Cohen (Jewish Emergent Network Resident Rabbi) is a seasoned teacher of Torah with experience ranging from shepherding teenagers through the wilderness to crafting curricula on Judaism and Immigration. When she’s not at Lab/Shul, she spins side projects like “The Hamilton Haggadah” and the podcast “Jew Too? Tales of the Mixed Multitude.”

Liz Bossov is originally from NYC but currently resides in the Poconos. She works as a Registered Nurse and loves to care for others, as well as spend time with her poodle and her dear family. Liz is so excited to be a new member of the Lab/Shul Family after growing up as a songleader and camper in the Reform movement.

Stephanie Guedalia (KidLab A Lead Educator) aka “Steve” is a graduate of Tisch School and spent her first two years of University studying Intellectual History. She was born in Jerusalem and was raised with a deep love of Jewish texts. She has studied at Yeshiva in Jerusalem and at Yeshivat Hadar in NYC. She is a storyteller through a wide variety of platforms including performance, music and the written word.

Laura Marder (Lead Educator) is a middle school Judaics teacher at Hannah Senesh, using text and tradition as a language and structure for reflection and action. She received a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. A Brooklynite, Laura helps plan Brooklyn Beit Midrash events and mentors new Pardes Educators in the field.

Martine Handelman Duffy (KidLab B Support Educator) is a BFA student at NYU in the Tisch Dramatic Writing program, concentrating in playwriting, minoring in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Martine is a leader of Kesher: Reform Jews at NYU, where they song-lead and frequently deliver sermons at Shabbat services. Martine also spent a year as an intern for Tkiya, teaching Jewish music to preschool aged children.

Arianna Passaro earned her BA in Anthropology from Northeastern University and worked in consulting before volunteering in Sri Lanka in 2016. This reignited a passion for early childhood education. Arianna is now an assistant preschool teacher at Luria Academy of Brooklyn.

Rachel Joravsky (PlayLab Support Educator) is a queer identifying comedian and Jewish educator based in Washington, Heights, New York City. Her comedy has been featured on MTV, BET, Comedy Central, and Reductress. Her Jewish Education has been utilized at Temples and JCC's around the city. You can catch her performing every month at Union Hall in Prospect Park with Lo-Fi NYC and ThatShitRay. She's a Chicago girl born and raised and LOVES the Bulls! http://www.racheljoravsky.com/

Sara Ravid is a theater director, producer and educator. She spent her gap year abroad in Israel with the Israeli Scouts teaching in elementary schools, founding and facilitating an award winning after school program, and mentoring high school students. She recently graduated from NYU Tisch with her BFA from the drama department (directing concentration), and her work has been recently performed in Dixon Place, Planetary Connections, and the Actors Fund Theater.

Neshama Littman (KidLab B Support Educator) (they/them) is the Sunday Families Director for Jewish Kids Groups (JKG) in Atlanta. Neshama is in their third year running the JKG B’nei Mitzvah Program. They are passionate about using Jewish ritual for political action and studying Talmud with a queer lens. Neshama is part of the 2019-20 Senior Educators Cohort of M2: The Institute of Experiential Jewish Education and are thrilled to be spending the chagim working with the incredible, innovative educators at LabShul.

Katherine Sackman (Lead Educator) is a musician & educator based in Brooklyn with TKIYA: The Jewish Community Music Initiative. With a degree in music education, and the heart of an artist, she has four years experience reinvigorating diverse Jewish communities with song and magical love. She is grateful to be celebrating these high holidays with the Lab/Shul community for her second year.

Laura Marder (KidLab B Lead Educator) is a middle school Judaics teacher at Hannah Senesh, using text and tradition as a language and structure for reflection and action. This summer she was awarded a fellowship to attend the Romemu Yeshiva, the first Contemplative Yeshiva. She studied with the Pardes Educators Program. A Brooklynite, Laura is on the board of the Brooklyn Beit Midrash and mentors new Pardes Educators in the field.

Deanna Schwartz, an actor in New York City, earned her BFA from Pace University. She teaches improv, acting, character development, a writer’s workshop, and puppeteering at PS 196, Kathy Wickline Casting, and with the children theater company "The Toy Museum."

Greta Rosenstock is an educator, singer, and actor from St. Louis, MO. She serves as the program coordinator for Lab/Shul’s Raising the Bar, is an educator at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, a teaching artist with mainstages, and the extra-curricular Music Director at the Abraham Joshua Heschel Middle School. She is also a member of the award-winning vocal jazz group Marquee Five. Greta holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Minor in Spanish from the University of Kentucky.

Shawn Shafner (Lead Educator) is an artist, educator and activist. Creator of The People's Own Organic Power Project (   www.thePOOPproject.org   ), he has catalyzed conversation about sustainable sanitation from NYC's largest wastewater treatment plant to the United Nations. Shawn teaches movement through the lineage of acclaimed choreographer    Tamar Rogoff   , sings with Marisa Michelson’s    Constellation Chor Ensemble   , and develops arts-integrated curriculum for learners of all ages.

Deanna Schwartz, an actor in New York City, earned her BFA from Pace University. She teaches improv, acting, character development, a writer’s workshop, and puppeteering at PS 196, Kathy Wickline Casting, and with the children's theater company "The Toy Museum."

Melissa Shaw (Lead Educator) is a writer, theater artist, and educator who has conducted workshops in schools, detention centers, corporate offices, and homeless shelters. Melissa facilitates state-wide workshops for a variety of the Anti-Defamation League's programs, including its World of Difference Institute, Words to Action and the Respect for All professional development initiative. This summer she was on faculty at Drew University's Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation.

Shawn Shafner (Lead Educator) is an artist, educator and activist. Creator of The People's Own Organic Power Project (www.thePOOPproject.org), he has catalyzed conversation about sustainable sanitation from NYC's largest wastewater treatment plant to the United Nations. Shawn teaches movement through the lineage of acclaimed choreographer Tamar Rogoff, sings with Marisa Michelson’s Constellation Chor Ensemble, and develops arts-integrated curriculum for learners of all ages.

 
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Ilana Symons is in her third year at New York University, studying Philosophy and Judaic Studies. She was involved in NFTY and other URJ programs in her hometown of Pittsburgh and continues her love of Judaism as a religious school educator across the city. She aspires to become a rabbi and has a passion for social justice.

Melissa Shaw is a writer, theater artist, and educator who has taught or led sessions in schools, summer camps, detention centers, yeshivas, corporate offices, and long-term temporary housing centers. She is currently on faculty for the Foundation for Jewish Camp's Cornerstone Fellowship and is a teaching artist and creative coach for various community-based organizations, including Community Word Project and the Lulu and Leo Fund. Melissa also facilitates for a variety of the Anti-Defamation League's programs, including it’s A World of Difference Institute, Words to Action, Echoes and Reflections and Respect for All initiatives. Melissa was part of the most recent cohort for the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Cultures’s 31st annual Nahum Goldman Fellowship in Israel this past summer.

JessAnn Smith (she/her) is thrilled to spend her 6th season with Lab/Shul! In addition to freelancing all over NYC as a producer and teaching artist, she acts, sings & performs musical improv with Thank You for Coming Out. JessAnn also sings at Lincoln Center with the National Chorale! (More    @therealjessann    & @jambworld)

JessAnn Smith (she/her) is thrilled to spend her 7th season with Lab/Shul! In addition to freelancing all over NYC (and the world!) as a producer and teaching artist, she also sings with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center & plays trombone with the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps. Most recently, JessAnn is the new co-producer of the LGBTQ+ improv/storytelling show, Thank You for Coming Out. More @therealjessann & @jthankyouforcomingout.

 
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