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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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Yesterday’s Israel Day celebration on Fifth Avenue gave us many reasons to celebrate the arrival of summer at Temple Emanu-El. Sunday’s lively event was co-sponsored by Lifelong Learning, Young Families, Nursery School, Women’s Auxiliary, Men’s Club, Saviv and Skirball.

Though the rain nearly kept us hiding inside, the sun won out leaving lots of room for falafel, friends, family and fun. D.J. Ann kept the Israeli spirit strong on our roof while guests noshed and our youngest friends kept everyone entertained.








This Seder plate from our Bernard Museum was created by Jerusalem’s Bezalel School of Arts & Crafts in 1920. The design school was founded in 1906 by Boris Schatz, a Lithuanian Jew and ardent Zionist, to train and develop Jewish artists. With encouragement from Theodor Herzl, he opened the first-ever Jewish art school and would later become known as the father of Israeli art.

Today, the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design has evolved into one of the world’s most prestigious art schools. Inscribed with the Seder rituals, this 100-year old Seder plate reminds us of Passover’s indelible timelessness.

The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center wishes you and your families a happy and healthy Passover!



In an article published yesterday on The Atlantic’s website, Jeffrey Goldberg reveals the backstory behind the polarizing partisan politics involved in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress.


You’ll want to join us on March 10 when the award-winning journalist fills in the rest of the blanks on Netanyahu’s speech and its implications for Israeli-American relations and growing anti-Semitism. Get your tickets HERE.

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Jews have a long history in Hollywood and in fact Louis B. Mayer of MGM fame, (Russian-born Lazar Meir), founded the Oscars in 1929.

Find out about the Golden Age of Yiddish filmmaking and the prevailing American melting pop culture of the 40’s in an interactive class with Dr. Eric Goldman, a preeminent Jewish film historian and scholar.

Then on FEBRUARY 12, meet and hear from young graduates of Jerusalem’s Ma’aleh School, the world’s only film school devoted to positive and careful representation of the Jewish condition. Three rising first-time directors will present their distinctly contemporary Jewish realities for a night of Israeli Cinema.

ceremony  at the Grand Synagogue in ParisLast week’s shocking terrorist attacks put France’s already tentative Jewish future under new terms by Jewish leaders.

What are the behind-the-scenes factors? Get all the facts with Israeli author and political commentator Ari Shavit on the impact of this huge French migration on February 4 and find out about the new anti-Semitism with distinguished award-winning reporter Jeffrey Goldberg on March 9. Get your tickets now.

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Last night was Skirball Center's fall food night and with freezing temperatures outside, timing was impeccable. Roger Sherman, an award-winning filmmaker, introduced a clip from The Search for Israeli Cuisine before introducing an esteemed panel of professional foodies to join in. Read more
Last night, political insiders Mary Matalin and her husband, James Carrville, discussed the state of current American democracy. Jeff Zucker led the conversation to reveal what both pundits thought about this year's midterm election race and of course, what's to come in 2016. Carrville revealed that Hillary Clinton will reveal her candidacy within the next few months while Matalin reminded audience members that Jeb Bush stands apart from his famous family members. VIP tickets holders and event sponsors were treated to face time with the power couple in an intimate post-reception finale. Read more