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LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture announces LABAlive II
Off-Off, Other, Spoken Word, Variety
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The Theater at the 14th St. Y
344 East 14 St., NY, NY 10003
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LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture
announces LABAlive II
an evening of innovative new music and
performance from
Yonatan Gutfeld, Marques Hollie, and Mariano Wainsztein
with teachings from Tablet Magazine’s Liel Leibovitz

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:30pm
at the 14th Street Y

“Of all the questions that had troubled mankind through the ages, two stand alone: What is the meaning of life? And what happens when we die?”
– LABA Lead Teacher Liel Leibovitz

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y is the premiere incubator for Jewish art and culture inspired by classic Jewish texts. Each year, LABA fellows study text in a non-religious, open-minded setting based on a theme-this year, LIFE + DEATH. Fellows create art, literature, music and theater that explores the universal themes they encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

LABAlive II is the second 2019 celebration of groundbreaking, genre breaking, and heartbreaking Jewish culture based on the theme of LIFE + DEATH. LABAlive II is an evening of music, performance, text, and wine on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th Street, NY 10003. Tickets available now at

The evening features work by LABA Fellows Yonatan Gutfeld, Marques Hollie, and Mariano Wainsztein, with textual exegesis from LABA Lead Teacher Liel Leibovitz.

Yonatan Gutfeld
In Exile Even in His Room
Gutfeld is a Jerusalem-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter. Gutfeld will perform from his haunting song cycle based on the late work of renowned Israeli poet Ori Bernstein.

Marques Hollie
Go Down, Moshe
Set during a Passover Seder at an Underground Railroad station, Go Down, Moshe re-interprets the maggid, the telling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt, through the memory, music, words, and imagery of formerly enslaved African-Americans.

Mariano Wainsztein
The Ivankas Live
The Ivankas, the infamous Israeli rock band, performs from their blistering forthcoming album, “A Matter of Life and Death.”

Liel Leibovitz
LABA Teacher (MC and Lead Teacher)
Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet magazine, and hosts of Unorthodox, the popular podcast. He is the author of several books, most recently, A Broken Hallelujah: Rock n’ Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen. 

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About LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture
At the core of LABA’s mission is the belief that classical Jewish text study can and should be a source of inspiration and creativity for contemporary culture-makers and thinkers. All of the public art created through LABA aims to transcend cultural and social borders by bringing to light the universal themes and questions our artists encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

About the 14th Street Y
The 14th Street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout downtown Manhattan. We focus on health and fitness, education and enrichment programs, and innovative arts and cultural programming. We are committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people’s lives and strengthening individual and family connections by building an inclusive, dynamic, and sustainable community and serve more than 26,000 people annually with a variety of community programs. 

About Educational Alliance
Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming-now across 15 sites-focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.

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