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The Forbidden Conversation and Those who Pay the Price

“I can no longer talk to ____ about Israel.” BY GILI GETZ A year ago, on Tikkun Leil Shavuot at the 14th Street Y, I performed The Forbidden Conversation for the first time. The play, which is about the difficulty of talking openly about Israel in the American Jewish community,...

Lainie Fefferman discusses “Market Day”

On Thursday, June 2, LABAlive will present “Boundaries,” an evening of multi-disciplinary works-in-process exploring our relationship with beauty. The evening will feature teachings by Ruby Namdar and work by fellows Lital Dotan, Shanti Grumbine, and Lainie Fefferman, who will present scenes from her string quartet, Market Day. Here, Fefferman talks about her project and the inspiration...

Shanti Grumbine discusses “The Last Color: A Reliquary”

On Thursday, June 2, LABAlive will present “Boundaries,” an evening of multi-disciplinary works-in-process exploring our relationship with beauty. The evening will feature teachings by Ruby Namdar and work by fellows Lainie Fefferman, Lital Dotan, and Shanti Grumbine, who will present her project The Last Color: A Reliquary. Here, Grumbine talks about her project and the inspiration she found in our house of...

Seven Raiments of Captivity

A modest offering for a woman who had just lost everything. BY LITAL DOTAN A profoundly disturbing LABA session discussing the behavioral rules in a state of war and battle, specifically behavior with captive women, instigated my interrogation into the route of the captive towards her new identity. A WOMAN OF A...

Lital Dotan discusses “Second Floor”

On Thursday, June 2, LABAlive will present “Boundaries,” an evening of multi-disciplinary works-in-process exploring our relationship with beauty. The evening will feature teachings by Ruby Namdar and work by fellows Shanti Grumbine, Lainie Fefferman, and Lital Dotan, who will present an excerpt from her play, Second Floor. Here, Dotan talks about her project and the inspiration she found in our house...

Tamar’s Brother

BY LAINIE FEFFERMAN I am so used to anachronous sexual politics in the Bible, but the sibling relationship in the story of Tamar’s rape hit me hard. I have no brothers by blood, but looking at a sibling as a perpetrator instead of an ally horrifies me on a primal...

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ABOUT

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.

CALENDAR

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

FELLOWS

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.