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20th Anniversary Celebration

The theme is —THE NEW—

The color for this event will be GREEN! We invite you to dress up with us.

The Secret City is an Obie Award winning community art collective. The event is an immersive theater performance piece composed with members of The New Shul include storytelling, guest performers, visual art, singing, meditation, a community choir and a rock band. Part tent revival, part cabaret, part ceremony. Hosted by Chris Wells.

Tickets - (Please RSVP asap).

Kids are invited to the show! They’ll be invited to leave for specific programming part-way through, if they’d like.


Salon Series

Intersectional Feminism: Origins, Opportunities, and Obstacles

What is intersectional feminism and how can it inform how we, as individuals and as a Jewish community, build and participate in coalitions for social justice? Inspired by the challenges that arose over the leadership and planning of the 2019 women’s marches, this salon is an opportunity to learn about and discuss black feminist thought on intersectionality—a concept coined in 1989 by the legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw to describe the way oppressive structures and institutions of power are linked and how those linkages affect individual lives. How can Jewish feminists engage this line of thought without “colonizing” it? Where do we see opportunities for acts of solidarity mutually inspired by black feminism and Jewish feminism? How might we at the New Shul address some of the obstacles to solidarity?

May 5th, 1030am, Manhattan
At the Ben Zion House - 329 w. 20th street


Kimberly B. George is a scholar who designs feminist studies programs outside the traditional university. A graduate of Yale University Divinity School, she is a PhD candidate in Ethnic Students at UC San Diego. She also has prior training in counseling psychology and trauma studies.

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Kabbalat Shabbat

Join us for our bi-weekly Shabbat Service, with gorgeous music, meditations, breathing, and kabbalistic teachings and contemplations. Dinner is served afterwards.

When: April 12th
Where: First Presbyterian Church (12 w. 12th)

Next Dates: May 3rd, May 17th, May 31st, June 14th


The Moon Circle: Iyar (Taurus)

On the new moon we gather to set intentions for the month ahead, to witness each other's stories and share our own in the spirit of our matriarchs. Each month Zivar Amrami, along with Vanessa Fried and Elyssa Ackerman, will choose a theme mirroring the Kabbalistic and Astrological wisdoms for the month. Together we will participate in ritual that reflects this theme to guide us through the month. Women of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Our Next Circle will be on the eve of Shabbat.

Friday, May 10 at 6:45pm // $36

To reserve or inquire further, please email Zivar,


Breathwork with Dr. Aimée Derbes

….including but not limited to grief, sadness, loss however it registers for you, orphanhood, transitions of all kinds, all manner of rugs being torn from under feet, and whatever else it is that teaches you at this juncture but maybe doesn’t have a space in your everyday life / spaces / conversations. All the difficult emotions are welcomed in this group, where instead of trying to heal from the level of our thinking minds, we will rely on the breath to do the letting go for us.

When: First Tuesdays, May 7, June 4 and July 9 // 7-9pm

For more information and to reserve your space, click here.

Breathwork is an active meditation using a specific 2-part breathing pattern to connect to your body and vitality, open up space for stagnant old energy and emotions to flow freely, and expand your heart. Most (more like, all) of us are carrying around pain, fear, trauma, and outdated beliefs about ourselves and the world around us, which all live tucked away in our cells. Breathwork is a simple tool that supports us in finally shedding those heavy weights.

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Shabbat Guests - The Soft Road

Melanie Kirkbride and Neil Kirkbride co-founded The Soft Road to inspire, educate, and guide people towards an experience of life - infused with internal stability, self-trust, intuitive guidance, and greater happiness sourced from within.

Based in the North of England, Melanie and Neil frequently travel to New York to deliver knowledge talks, consult and mentor, lead Retreats, and teach courses in Vedic meditation.

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We will hold our regular Kabbalat Shabbat service with music, prayer and meditation, infused with teachings from Melanie and Neil, and discussion with Rabbi Zach

Friday, May 17th, 630pm

12 w 12th street - First Presbyterian Church


Family Kirtan!

Join us for a joyful Shabbat morning of song and mantra merriment at the Rabbi's House. Keely, along with special guests, will guide us in sacred chant from the Sanskrit and Hebrew traditions while we move our bodies and jam to the beat. 

Kirtan will be followed by a community potluck. Please bring a yummy (organic) snack or drink. Come for the music, stay for the community!

When: May 18th, 10:30am
Where: Prospect Heights location provided with RSVP



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