Social activist and storyteller, writer and community leader, Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie (he/him) is the Co-Founding Spiritual Leader of the Lab/Shul community in NYC and the creator of the ritual theater company Storahtelling, Inc. Israeli born, he’s been living in New York since 1998.

He received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2016, the 39th generation of rabbis in his family — the first one to be openly queer.

Rabbi Amichai is the subject of Sabbath Queen, Sandi DuBowski’s documentary film, 21 years in the making, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in June 2024.


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