Enjoy thought-provoking readings, conversations, panel discussions, and spoken word programs. Also check out virtual talks now streaming on the Skirball’s YouTube channel.
  • A couple holding their drinks in a toast at a festive outdoor table

    Open Shabbat

    Hanukkah Under the Stars

    Friday, December 3, 7:00 pm (doors at 6:00 pm)

    $45 General; $35 Members

    Open Shabbat reimagines the Jewish ritual of Shabbat as a meaningful life practice for all. Join us to unwind from the week and celebrate Hanukkah during a communal meal prepared by Skirball Executive Chef, Sean Sheridan, featuring winter squash latkes, honey roasted chicken, lacinato kale and caramelized shallot noodle kugel, and dulce de leche sufganiyot.

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  • Three Hanukkah lamps against bright, colored backgrounds

    Hanukkah Happy Hour

    Online | Premiering on YouTube

    Saturday, December 4, 6:00 pm (PT)


    Enjoy an online short film event that highlights the magic of Hanukkah! Led by Rob Eshman, National Editor of the Forward, this exploration of the Jewish Festival of Light features reflections from members of the Skirball community and examines the Skirball’s famed Hanukkah lamp collection, which includes over two hundred hanukkiot! During this festive online happy hour, raise a glass and toast to the light that shines within all of us.

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  • Pati Jinich and her cookbook Treasures of the Mexican Table

    Pati Jinich—Treasures of the Mexican Table

    In Conversation with Jake Cohen | Online

    Monday, December 6, 5:00 pm (PT)

    FREE; Reservations required

    Hear from James Beard Award–winning chef and television personality Pati Jinich! In her forthcoming cookbook, Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets, the “buoyant and brainy Mexican cooking authority” (New York Times) brings together more than one hundred and fifty iconic dishes that define the country’s cuisine.

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  • Amanda Gorman and her book Call Us What We Carry along with Elizabeth Alexander

    Amanda Gorman—Call Us What We Carry

    In Conversation with Elizabeth Alexander | Online

    Thursday, December 9, 6:00 pm (PT)

    $32 Book Bundle (includes livestream entry, a copy of Call Us What We Carry, and an exclusive gift pack of pencils); $5 General (includes livestream entry only)

    Writers Bloc Presents® and the Skirball invite you to a livestream conversation with bestselling author, poet, and activist Amanda Gorman. Gorman will discuss her latest book of poetry, Call Us What We Carry, with decorated poet and scholar Dr. Elizabeth Alexander.

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  • Mildred Harnack and the book  All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days

    Rebecca Donner—All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days

    A Conversation with Louise Steinman

    Sunday, January 30, 2:00 pm (doors at 1:00 pm)

    $15 General; $10 Members and Full-Time Students

    All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days tells the little-known story of Mildred Harnack, the American leader at the heart of the German resistance to Hitler. For this conversation, hear from the book’s author, Harnack’s great-great niece Rebecca Donner, as she speaks with literary curator Louise Steinman.

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