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Joan Nathan's salads
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
Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center Alan Dershowitz Eliot Spitzer Trial of Abraham
Yesterday morning's long awaited biblical mock-trial was a rousing success, with nearly 1500 people fulfilling their civic duty as jury members for the day. A line-up winding down the street and around the corner began as early as 8am with eager ticket-holders arriving from all over the greater New York City area. Read more
Wall Street Journal
A great article about the shared vision of our Executive Director, Dr. Gady Levy and Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Joshua Davidson appeared in Friday's Wall Street Journal, which promises even wider exposure to our major biblical trial of Abraham. Limited tickets are still available for Sunday's special event. Read more
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Skirball LoungeFor those of you who missed our Facebook posting, our newly redesigned Skirball Lounge was recently opened as a destination for students and teachers to meet, greet and network before and after classes. Enjoy a complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate and charge your smartphone device while schmoozing with other members of the ever-expanding Skirball community. 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
svika pick
Last night, the beloved, award-winning Israeli singer Svika Pick made his Skirball debut. A packed house of Israelis and Israeli-lovers sang along to his well-known catalog of hits spanning nearly forty years. The performing artist, lyricist and composer wrapped up his 2014 U.S. tour in New York City. Read more
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Sunday morning, 350 guests attended Skirball's baseball round-up tying Jewish American legacies to our national sport. Larry Ruttman moderated a lively conversation between baseball fans and ex-players including Ira Berkow, Alan Dershowitz, Donald Fehr and Art Shamsky. Hearing insider stories for the first time made the event a home run. Read more

Rita Jahan-Foruz Skirball Center

This sold-out evening presenting Rita Jahan-Foruz’s documentary showed us an intimate view of the successful Israeli singer’s family and personal life while recording her Persian-language album. Even though they live in Israel, they remain very much connected to their Iranian roots and community. Upon receiving heart-warming praise from her fans in Iran, Rita truly realized the power of music to bring people from around the world together. Following a Q&A, Rita performed songs in English, Farsi and Italian.

Rita Jahan-Foruz & Dr. Gady Levy Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center


With less than a month away, politicos are battling back and forth debating which party will end up with ruling power in the Senate race of 2014. If the GOP succeeds in controlling both Senate and House of Representatives, our era of political gridlock has no chance of improving in 2016. Even today, with the Democrats yielding only a narrow Senate majority, passing laws are hard-fought. But if you care about social issues like equal pay, minimum wage, infrastructure funding, women’s rights and support for the State of Israel, there’s no more pressing time to get the facts straight.

Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press

Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press

On the night before this year’s midterm election, November 3rd, CNN’s Jeff Zucker will be here at Skirball asking the tough questions to husband and wife duo, Mary Matalin and James Carrville. Their strongly opposing political views have made headlines on every important issue. And this debate will certainly be no exception. Be informed. Be involved. Buy your tickets here.