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The Beauty of the Human Form

On Tuesday, LABA kicked off our year of study around a table in the 14th Street Y’s gorgeous theater, washing down our discussion with food and wine. Each of our fellows and staff brought in a beautiful item and explained its power in an effort to begin to parse our personal relationships to beauty....

Welcome to BEAUTY

The idea to spend a year studying beauty was not a new one. We at LABA have spent years contemplating the possibility of having beauty as our theme, but each time we ended up passing on it. Why? We thought beauty was too simplistic, too political and, perhaps worst of...

Counting Down to Beauty

With just five days until the launch of LABA’s new year and new group of outstanding fellows on Tuesday, we wonder: what does BEAUTY mean to you?

Get Ready…

Every year, a new crop of LABA Fellows gathers at the 14th Street Y over noshes and wine to discuss classic Jewish texts and create artwork inspired by our dialogue. After waiting all summer, we are very excited for next week’s launch of the 2015-2016 Fellowship! Our theme is (drumroll,...


BY SARAH FRIEDLAND During her recent residency at the MacDowell Colony, filmmaker Sarah Friedland engaged in a deep visual meditation of Ecclesiastes (Koheleth in Hebrew). Her tools were the text, a camera and a couple of packets of articulating paper that she found outside a dentist office back in New...



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 TIME.