The United Palace of Spiritual Arts, the Parliament of the World’s Religions and Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, founding spiritual leader of Lab/Shul, invites people of all ages and faiths to be part of a unique, interactive and musical ritual marking the end of the Jewish High Holy Days Season, celebrating the secrets of Torah, and blessing the Earth.
Join us to unscroll a Torah Scroll in a giant human circle, receive your own Torah-Tarot charge for the year ahead and whack a willow branch as we sing and pray together for peace and prosperity on our planet. Based on the ancient indigenous Jewish rituals of Simchat Torah and Hoshana Raba, this fall celebration invites you to reclaim tribal traditions and reinvent new rituals for our modern reality.
This Open Heart Conversation is an official pre-Parliament event in collaboration with the Parliament of the World's Religions taking place from November 1-7, 2018 in Toronto.
Rabbi Amichai Lau-lavie
Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is the founding spiritual leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist, he received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2016.
Rabbi Amichai is a member of the Global Justice Fellowship of the American Jewish World Service, a founding member of the Jewish Emergent Network, a consultant to the Reboot Network, a member of the URJ Faculty Team and the Advisory Council of ORAM, an LGBT focused organization for refugees, asylum and migration. He was a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Israel (2008-2009) and serves on the advisory committee of Faith House Manhattan.
Rabbi Amichai has been hailed as “an iconoclastic mystic” by Time Out New York, a “rock star” by the New York Times, a “Judaic Pied Piper” by the Denver Westword, a “maverick spiritual leader” by The Times of Israel and “one of the most interesting thinkers in the Jewish world” by the Jewish Week. In 2016 The Forward named him one of the thirty-two “Most Inspiring Rabbis” in America, and in 2017 he was top five on “The Forward 50,” their annual list of the most influential and accomplished Jews in America.
You are cordially invited to join us for Open Heart Conversations, a place to meet, discover and learn about different faith and wisdom traditions. Together we’ll explore and celebrate our rich and beautiful diversity through Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Native American, African Spirituality and more. Experienced teachers and respected leaders will share their teachings, helping to foster dialogue, understanding and human connection. Hosted by Rev. Dr. José M. Román and Rev. Arda Itez, Open Heart Conversations are free, open to the public and welcome to all. Learn more here.