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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.