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LABA Staff talks OTHER

        OTHER is a highly explosive theme, especially beyond its limited political scope and current obvious relevance. The notion of the Other, be it phenomenological, existential or psychological, is inherently elusive and resists a single coherent definition. Thinkers as well as artists, in fact human beings by...

Welcome 2016-2017 Fellows

Meet the 2016-2017 LABA Fellows and our theme – OTHER. Through the study of classic Jewish texts from multiple traditions and historical eras we will explore a variety of ways for the possible existence of the Other, either in real life or in unknown or contradictory imaginative thoughts. Be it another gender,...

Meet Fellow Franny Silverman

Franny Silverman is a theater-artist and educator who creates interactive theater, ritual and educational experiences for humans of all ages. Franny is currently the Director of Learning and Action for Brooklyn’s independent, progressive synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu. This year she had the honor of being in the inaugural cohort of UJA’s...

Meet Fellow Elana Greenfield

Elana Greenfield is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award in drama. Her critically acclaimed book, At the Damascus Gate: Short Hallucinations (Green Integer), was awarded The New American Fiction Competition. Among her works for the stage, most recently, Wrench (Part I), was presented at ArtsEmerson, Boston, produced by Sleeping Weazel, with prior works presented at such...

Meet Fellow Gordon Haber

Gordon Haber abandoned an early career in marketing for the more rewarding, if less lucrative, fields of writing and publishing. Gordon has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. His awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to Poland, and he has received support from the Queens Community Arts Fund and the...

Meet Fellow Hadar Ahuvia

Hadar Ahuvia is a Brooklyn based performer, choreographer and educator making dances grounded in physical research and political consciousness. Her work has been presented at New York Live Arts, EMPAC, Dixon Place, CPR, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Danspace Project’s Draftwork, Aunts, Catch, Roulette, The Whole Shabang, and Eastport Art Center,...



LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a program of the 14th Street Y that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue and study.


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Every year LABA selects a group of culture-makers to take part in our house of study. Learn more about this year’s fellows and our yearly theme OTHER.