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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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The Skirball team is super excited to reveal that our Fall/Winter 2015 catalog is already at print and will be is available ONLINE now! Our printers sent us a peek and we’re so EXCITED that we had to share. As summer draws to a close and the High Holidays approach, you’ll want to plan on joining us for classes and events. FOLLOW the online conversations on FACEBOOK and TWITTER where your LIKES and TWEETS will get you FIRST ACCESS to information and CONTESTS. More details to follow!


Skirball would like to thank and congratulate all the student artists whose incredible talents are now on view at a pop-up gallery at the Davis Mansion all week long. Last night's opening reception showed how artworks integrated the study of midrash with sheer artistic talent in order to re-imagine Jewish legacies in abstract and creative forms. Admission to the gallery show is free and open to the public. Read more

Screen shot 2015-05-07 at 12.52.44 PMAn article from today’s New York Times cover page announces that Dr. Arthur Caplan will head Johnson & Johnson’s controversial new bioethics panel. Dr. Caplan heads NYU’s Division of Medical Ethics and will moderate next week’s fascinating conversation about Jewish genes. Joining Caplan will be Rabbi Elliot Dorff and Laurie Zoloth, two respective bioethics giants, with their new book, Jews & Genes. May 12, 7pm, FREE.



In partnership with Polish Institute New York, Skirball Center welcomed a star-studded ensemble for a reading of the Polish award-winning play, “Our Class.” A diverse audience of 950 people from all over the Greater New York area gathered to see these Broadway and Hollywood legends re-create the fictionalized account of the Polish massacre of Jews in Jedwabne, Poland, in 1941. Directed by Ion Cosmin Chivu, the reading was a doubly stirring success. In memorial of this year’s 70th Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center pays tribute to those millions that perished and to those that courageously survived to tell their stories.

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As Passover marks college application season, parents and young adults unite in college admissions madness.  The best-selling author and New York Times columnist, Frank Bruni, offers his insight with a new book on the subject, “Where You Go Is Not Who You Will Be.” Joined by writer and our return guest, Abigail Pogrebin, Bruni will be here on April 29 discussing hot topics and college myths. Free registration HERE.

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