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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.

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Last night, Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D, spoke to a sold-out Skirball audience about one of the most central High Holiday prayers, Avinu Malkeinu. Introducing his brand new book, Naming God, Rabbi Hoffman reminded that God’s many different characterizations provide insight into Jewish history and shed light on the modern evolution of the concept of God. Rabbi Hoffman is the author of several popular and scholarly books about Judaism and has taught at Hebrew Union College since 1973.

 

 

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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!

 

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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
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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.