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LABA Resident Scholar Ruby Namdar on OTHER

LABA Resident Scholar Ruby Namdar on OTHER Otherness, the mirror in front of which the self is defined, comes in many forms and shades. The most obvious circles of Otherness are the socially defined ones: species, race, religion, ethnicity, the relationship to minorities and misfits within one’s own society. Otherness...

The Evasive OTHER

LABA Journal’s Editor Hanan Elstein: Should We Discuss 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,...

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...



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 OTHER.

On Thursday, February 9th at 7:30 PM, LABAlive will present an evening of art works and subversive teachings exploring our annual theme, OTHER.


TOMORROW, FEB 10 at 7:00PM