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On January 20, we hosted our annual debate covering many of the diverse issues and wide ranging candidates changing the game ahead of Election 2016. Republican consultant Karl Rove and Democratic analyst David Axelrod took our stage to provide political insights based on their significant contributions to the respective Bush and Obama administrations. Moderated by CNN’s Jeff Zucker, the friendly debate provided a timely insider’s view into the upcoming primary elections.

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Great news from our printers, our latest and greatest 2016 catalog is in production and will soon be delivered to you. You can catch an early glimpse right here on our events’ homepage and sign up for our mailing list so you never miss a thing. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for extra Skirball info and contests. It’s going to be an incredible season and we hope you’ll join us.

 

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On December 3, our main sanctuary filled with an enthusiastic audience of classical music lovers for a historic performance by Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Setting the stage for the festive holiday season, the world renowned chamber music ensemble performed Bach’s lively Brandenburg concerto. Temple Emanu-El was thrilled to welcome the distinguished Grammy-award-winning group back to perform for the first time in 13 years. Stay tuned for other performances this spring.

 

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On Sunday November 13, more than 1500 members of the jury exonerated Moses of all murder charges laid against him by the Temple Emanu-El Skirball district prosecutor. A great many thanks to everyone who participated- from the early risers in line to our returning guests, Judge Alison Nathan and Alan Dershowitz, and this year’s newcomer, Dan Abrams.

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Last night was the first class in our Master Chef cooking series taught by Jewish cookbook queen, Joan Nathan. Our kitchen was fully prepped for Joan’s signature menu steeped in Jewish food history and of course, her well-known cookbooks, Quiches, Kugels & Couscous and King Solomon’s Table.

Highlights from Joan’s vast Jewish food knowledge included tales of Babylonian diets, ancient Far East spice routes, King Solomon’s era and notably, the prevalence of chickpeas in the ancient world. Our Skirball student chefs teamed up in small groups to create last night’s incredible dinner, which featured spicy Libyan haraimi, smoked eggplant with tahini, feta and pomegranate and a bright lemon tart for dessert.

Our next cooking class will be taught by Philadelphia’s award-winning star chef, Michael Solomonov, on December 8. Sign up HERE.

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Nearly 1000 people from all around the greater community attended Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center’s special tribute to Yitzhak Rabin. On the 20th anniversary of his murder, our audience mourned in prayer for that dark November 4, 1995 and reflected on the many great accomplishments of the Israeli leader over the course of his long career. The Consulate General of Israel in New York, Ido Aharoni co-hosted tonight’s memorial service with special remarks from two of New York’s notable Jewish leaders, Malcolm Hoenlin, Conference of Presidents, and Alissa Doctoroff, UJA Federation. His grandchildren, Jonathan Benartzi and Noa Rothman personalized Rabin’s legacy by adding their own individual memories of their grandfather and despite it all, promised enduring commitments to peace.

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This fall, we are proud to offer you a wide range of classes to explore diverse elements of Judaism. Paint your way through Torah study, cook with popular Jewish chefs, watch classic American films portray Jewish life or even practice Jewish yoga. Learn Talmud with our passionate faculty as they impart the lessons of Spinoza, Nachmanides, Maimonides and even the original anti-Semite, the Apostle Paul. Gain new insights into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reignite your notions of God and spirituality all here at Skirball.