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Jessica Gross discusses “Black Box”

On Thursday, February 25, LABAlive will present an evening of fiction, presentations, and subversive teachings exploring our relationship with beauty. The evening will feature teachings by Ruby Namdar and work by fellows Gal Beckerman, Gon Ben Ari, and Jessica Gross, who will read a new short story, “Black Box.” Gross talks about her new work and the inspiration...

Beauty Links

BY JESSICA GROSS Looking for a new dose of beauty musings? You’ve come to the right place. Over at The New Republic’s Intersection podcast, hosted by Jamil Smith, a recent episode on body image features discussions with writer Lindy West, editor Isaac Fitzgerald, trainer Andia Winslow, and blogger Erika Nicole Kendall. In an On...


BY REBECCA MARGOLICK AND MAXX BERKOWITZ   We were moved by the text we discussed at our LABA session last week, which told the story of Rabbi Ishmael’s children, enslaved for their extraordinary beauty. The story paints a dark image of the deeply seeded extreme voyeurism ingrained in humanity. Beauty drives us...

Reading: On Beauty’s Complications

BY JESSICA GROSS This week’s links and quotes complicate the idealization and idolization of beauty. The writers below valorize not the power of beauty, but the power of putting it in its place. (Except for that last quote, which plays with beauty’s more dangerous powers.) In an essay on Flavorwire, writer (and...

Join us for DRUNK 2016

DRINK. DRINK. DRUNK. Kicking off the 2016 LABAlive season is DRUNK 2016: an evening filled with wine tastings and ancient Hebrew texts to match. On Thursday January 21st, artists, educators and the community will all join in at the Theater at the 14th Street Y. Throughout the night, the current roster of artist LABA...

Beauty Links and Quotes

BY JESSICA GROSS Once again, I can’t escape beauty: it seems to be eyeing me from everything I read and see, peeking out from nooks and crannies or smacking me right in the face. (And thank God.) Below, some of the best quotes and links on beauty I’ve come across in the...



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.


Join us for LABAlive, our series of live events which feature cutting edge artwork and performances combined with provocative teachings.


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 BEAUTY.