Skirball Cultural Center

Skirball Cultural Center Welcome! The Skirball Cultural Center is a museum and cultural center in Los Angeles with exciting exhibitions, programs, classes, and more. The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality.
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We welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society. Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles. Come visit soon!

Mission: The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. We welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society.

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As votes continue to be counted across the United States, we are reminded of the importance of the democratic process. E...
11/06/2020

As votes continue to be counted across the United States, we are reminded of the importance of the democratic process. Every voice, every vote, should be counted.

This election season, we've witnessed record voter turnout and have been inspired by an outpouring of positive civic engagement. Thank you to the countless civic leaders and volunteers, including many in the Skirball community, who contributed to our democracy by powering GOTV initiatives, volunteering in election protection operations, serving as poll workers, and advocating for the future of America.

Pictured here is a protest banner made during a summer workshop led by artist-activist Aram Han Sifuentes for the Skirball. Its message resonates deeply this week.

A friendly reminder that all LA County Vote Centers are open until 8:00 pm tonight, including ours at the Skirball. If t...
11/03/2020

A friendly reminder that all LA County Vote Centers are open until 8:00 pm tonight, including ours at the Skirball. If the clock strikes 8 and you are already in line, your vote will be counted. If you've already voted, thanks for being a part of democracy in action! Let's continue to stay civically engaged beyond the election.

Vote Center details: https://bit.ly/3iOvC86

Three more days to make your vote count! The LA County Vote Center here at the Skirball will be open through Election Da...
10/31/2020

Three more days to make your vote count! The LA County Vote Center here at the Skirball will be open through Election Day. If you haven't done so yet, come cast your ballot!

Hours open:
Oct 31 through Nov 2: 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Nov 3: 7:00 am–8:00 pm

Visit https://bit.ly/3iOvC86 for full details.

Wishing everyone a safe and sweet-filled Halloween! Last night, Skirball employees ventured into a creative way of celeb...
10/31/2020

Wishing everyone a safe and sweet-filled Halloween! Last night, Skirball employees ventured into a creative way of celebrating the holiday, and hosted a socially-distant trunk-or-treat for our families. Enjoy some photos documenting the trunk decorations and costumes!

“Despite the sanctity of [the] civic duty, there are still millions of Americans who cannot legally vote. It is to these...
10/31/2020
The Official Unofficial Voting Station

“Despite the sanctity of [the] civic duty, there are still millions of Americans who cannot legally vote. It is to these people whom artist Aram Han Sifuentes aims to give a voice with ‘The Official Unofficial Voting Station,’ now online at the Skirball Cultural Center.” Thanks to Hyperallergic for featuring Sifuentes’s symbolic polling place in this round-up of LA cultural institutions that have projects organized around the election: https://bit.ly/3201P6R.

Presented as part of Talking Back to Power: Projects by Aram Han Sifuentes, a multi-stage exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center October 1–November 30, 2020 Who has, and who doesn’t have, the power to make decisions in our democracy? Aram Han Sifuentes, banner for The Official Unofficial Vot...

Artist Aram Han Sifuentes's #OfficialUnofficialVotingStation shows what the experience of voting could be: broad, inclus...
10/29/2020

Artist Aram Han Sifuentes's #OfficialUnofficialVotingStation shows what the experience of voting could be: broad, inclusive, and cause for celebration. As a thank you for participating in the experience, you can sign up to receive a "Voted Despite the System" Justice Kit that includes voting stickers and other creative, engaging items pictured above! The kit is a fun way to deepen your civic engagement and start conversations with your family, friends, and elected officials about expanding voting rights. Sign up for a kit here https://bit.ly/34z6Cg6 and share your sticker-wearing selfies with us!

While the official 2020 General Election is underway, remember that over 92 million people living in the US cannot legal...
10/28/2020

While the official 2020 General Election is underway, remember that over 92 million people living in the US cannot legally vote. In an effort to create a symbolic polling place for all, artist Aram Han Sifuentes created “The #OfficialUnofficialVotingStation.” Check out our story for a tour of the experience, then join the conversation and make your voice heard in this online exhibition: https://bit.ly/2GkNXMR.

Online Exhibition | The Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can't

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to the premiere of Skirball Stages: Dustbowl Revival and Mames Babegenush on Saturday...
10/27/2020

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to the premiere of Skirball Stages: Dustbowl Revival and Mames Babegenush on Saturday! If you missed this lively concert experience, you can find it on our YouTube channel, along with bonus videos of songs from Dustbowl Revival and Mames Babegenush not featured in the original premiere. Watch them all here: https://bit.ly/33c2uTI!

It's National Vote Early Day and Ahmanson Hall is officially open as an LA County Vote Center! Today, Oct 24, through El...
10/24/2020

It's National Vote Early Day and Ahmanson Hall is officially open as an LA County Vote Center! Today, Oct 24, through Election Day, Nov 3, eligible LA County voters may:
•Drop off their ballot.
•Get a replacement ballot.
•Vote using an accessible voting machine.
•Get help and voting material in multiple languages.
•Register to vote or update their voter registration.

Vote Center hours:
Oct 24–Nov 2: 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Nov 3: 7:00 am–8:00 pm

For Vote Center full details and a list of the state and county public-health guidelines and best practices that are in place, visit https://bit.ly/3iOvC86.

Planning what you're going to have for dinner this weekend? We're here with some ideas! Enjoy recipes for a cocktail, sa...
10/23/2020

Planning what you're going to have for dinner this weekend? We're here with some ideas! Enjoy recipes for a cocktail, salmon dish, and cake for at-home preparation, and spend the evening enjoying cuisine, culture, and community as you tune in to Skirball Stages: Dustbowl Revival and Mames Babegenush on Saturday, Oct 24. For the ingredients and step-by-step instructions, visit https://bit.ly/3lntczT.

Dishes:
Honey garlic glazed salmon fillet with shallot and rhubarb relish
Tennessee Hummingbird Cake

Cocktail:
Kentucky Cousin

Catch our next Skirball Stages, featuring Dustbowl Revival and Mames Babegenush, on YouTube this Saturday, Oct 24! Befor...
10/22/2020

Catch our next Skirball Stages, featuring Dustbowl Revival and Mames Babegenush, on YouTube this Saturday, Oct 24! Before then, get to know Danish klezmer ensemble Mames Babegenush with our "Skirball Stages—Meet the Musicians" program notes! Gain insights into why this six-piece ensemble adds their own spin to klezmer, an Ashkenazi Jewish musical tradition from Eastern Europe: https://bit.ly/37tPThb.

"Together [Mames Babegenush's members] have thrived by crossing cultures and celebrating heritage. ... Their performance for Skirball Stages is sure to be a swirl of originality, crossing bridges of sound and pushing boundaries of expectations."—Leeav Sofer, founder of Urban Voices Project

Skirball Stages: Dustbowl Revival and Mames Babegenush premieres on YouTube this Saturday, Oct 24! Before then, get to k...
10/20/2020

Skirball Stages: Dustbowl Revival and Mames Babegenush premieres on YouTube this Saturday, Oct 24! Before then, get to know each group a bit more with our "Skirball Stages—Meet the Musicians" program notes, starting with Dustbowl Revival! Gain insights into their high-energy, soulful sound and musical influences with quotes from founder Z. Lupetin: https://bit.ly/3oa5jx0.

"For Skirball Stages, Lupetin and Dustbowl Revival are eager to join Mames Babegenush in showcasing the amazing diversity of genre-defying music."—Leeav Sofer, founder of Urban Voices Project

Whether you're familiar with our to-go dinners on select virtual concert premiere dates or are just learning about them ...
10/19/2020

Whether you're familiar with our to-go dinners on select virtual concert premiere dates or are just learning about them now, we're pleased to share our next Skirball Suppers carry-out dining experience with you. Embracing the cultural traditions of the American South and Ashkenazi Jewish culture, this delicious take-home meal is the perfect complement to the 10/24 virtual concert Skirball Stages: Dustbowl Revival and Mames Babegenush. Preorders close this Wed, 10/21, at 4:00 pm. View the full menu and preorder a Skirball Supper today: https://bit.ly/3hi5l2f.

You can vote at the Skirball in one week! Starting Oct 24 through Election Day, all eligible LA County voters, regardles...
10/17/2020

You can vote at the Skirball in one week! Starting Oct 24 through Election Day, all eligible LA County voters, regardless of residence, may cast their vote inside Ahmanson Hall (pictured below). As an official Vote Center, you may also vote using an accessible voting machine, get voting material in multiple languages, and register to vote here. Parking is also free!

For more information, including hours and a list of the state and county public-health guidelines and best practices that will be in place, visit https://bit.ly/3iOvC86.

Election season is underway, and we're here to help make your voting experience safe and informed! Eligible LA County vo...
10/17/2020

Election season is underway, and we're here to help make your voting experience safe and informed! Eligible LA County voters, see below for some useful dates and info to keep in mind. Also, follow L.A. County Registrar-Recorder for additional info and reminders about voting in LA County!

Already voted? Thank you for voting early, doing so safely, and for being a part of democracy in action!

REGISTER TO VOTE
Key deadlines:
*Register online or by mail by Oct 19.
*If you miss the Oct 19 deadline, you can also register in person at any Vote Center.

Check your registration or register to vote: https://registertovote.ca.gov!

MAKE A PLAN
You can vote one of three ways: return your ballot by mail, drop off your ballot, or vote in person.

Return your ballot by mail:
*Make sure to send your ballot in early to ensure it arrives on time.
*In California, mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day.

Drop off your ballot:
*In LA County, you can drop off your ballot at a secure Vote by Mail Ballot Drop Box or at a Vote Center anytime before 8:00 pm on Election Day. https://locator.lavote.net/locations/vbm

Vote in person:
*In LA County, you can safely vote in person at any Vote Center in the county, including at the Skirball! https://locator.lavote.net/locations/vc

MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS
*You can track your ballot every step of the way by signing up to receive notifications at https://california.ballottrax.net.

*Need a replacement ballot? In LA County, you can request one online up until Oct 27: https://lavote.net/Apps/VoteByMail. After that deadline, you can do so at any county Vote Center.

10/16/2020
California Ballot Measures: Pros and Cons with the League of Women Voters

Need help making informed decisions on the state ballot measures up for vote this election? For a nonpartisan overview of these measures, catch a virtual talk we copresented this week with the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, now available on our YouTube channel. Grab your sample ballot, make notes, and stream this program via the link below!

Get ready to vote! Ranging from the rights of gig workers to reforms on our property tax system, the results of the November 3 election will have widespread ...

If you're like us and miss being able to visit Noah's Ark at the Skirball, we have fun new virtual content for you! Inco...
10/15/2020

If you're like us and miss being able to visit Noah's Ark at the Skirball, we have fun new virtual content for you! Incorporate storytelling, art making, and imaginative play into your daily routine with Noah's Ark videos! Designed as a tool for teachers, this set of lively video content engages Pre-K through Grade 5 students in creative expression, empathy, and action-taking as they bring stories to life. Catch the whole series on our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2H3qFLx.

Kids and grown-ups, make your very own cape at home with exhibiting artist Aram Han Sifuentes and imagine how you can be...
10/14/2020

Kids and grown-ups, make your very own cape at home with exhibiting artist Aram Han Sifuentes and imagine how you can be a hero of change! On 11/8 and 11/22, in a live online workshop, the creator of our current Online Exhibition | The Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can't, will guide children ages 6 and up in creating a cape that highlights a cause they care about. We've made planning super easy: each family will receive its own Skirball art kit, like the one below, containing all the supplies needed to participate. To account for shipping, registration closes in advance. Register for a workshop date here: https://bit.ly/34NZfkU.

The Future Is Me: Cape Making with Artist Aram Han Sifuentes

Do you know where you're voting this year? Two weeks from today, starting Oct 24, the Skirball will proudly open our doo...
10/10/2020

Do you know where you're voting this year? Two weeks from today, starting Oct 24, the Skirball will proudly open our doors as an official Vote Center for the 2020 General Election. Inside Ahmanson Hall (pictured above), all eligible California voters, regardless of place of residence, may do the following:
•Vote in person.
•Drop off their ballot.
•Get a replacement ballot.
•Vote using an accessible voting machine.
•Get help and voting material in multiple languages.
•Register to vote or update their voter registration.

Make a voting plan today: https://bit.ly/3iOvC86.
#LAVotes #AtTheSkirball

The centerpiece of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot—which concludes tonight at sundown—is the physical structure of the “suk...
10/09/2020

The centerpiece of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot—which concludes tonight at sundown—is the physical structure of the “sukkah,” a temporary shelter incorporating grown materials of leaves and branches. The sukkah acts as a gathering place for meals, prayer, and other ceremonial activities during the seven-day harvest festival. One such ritual is the waving of the “Arbah Minim” (Four Species), which are plants associated with the Land of Israel. Etrog, the fruit from the citron tree, is one of these. This beautiful etrog container is carved from maple wood in the shape of a traditional sukkah, with the lid carved into palm leaves. Happy holiday to all those who observe!

Get your FREE "Voting Stickers for ALL" in the mail! After you cast your symbolic ballot in Aram Han Sifuentes's "Offici...
10/09/2020

Get your FREE "Voting Stickers for ALL" in the mail! After you cast your symbolic ballot in Aram Han Sifuentes's "Official Unofficial Voting Station," sign up to receive these vibrant voting stickers and more in a Voted Despite the System Justice Kit. Wear your sticker with pride and join a grassroots movement to expand access to the vote! https://bit.ly/34z6Cg6

Online Exhibition | The Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can't

Sukkot is often associated with the custom of building a temporary shelter called a sukkah (meaning “booth” or “hut” in ...
10/08/2020

Sukkot is often associated with the custom of building a temporary shelter called a sukkah (meaning “booth” or “hut” in Hebrew). We understand the privilege of shelter is immense. In LA County alone, tens of thousands of people are homeless or living on the edge of homelessness. In assuring shelter for those most in need, we build strength and hope for society as a whole. In the spirit of Sukkot, how can we make a difference for someone who is struggling? We recommend getting involved with our friends at LA Family Housing (LAFH), a non-profit organization that works tirelessly to end homelessness in Greater Los Angeles. You can support LAFH remotely or in-person by participating in donation drives, writing care notes, or joining the Youth Action Council. Visit the LAFH volunteer platform to learn more: https://lafh.galaxydigital.com.

10/07/2020
#SkirballStages Dustbowl Revival and Mames Babegenush | Oct 24, 2020

Two stages, one night of captivating music. Skirball Stages returns on Oct 24 with LA's beloved folk-meets-funk Americana band Dustbowl Revival and boundary-pushing Danish klezmer ensemble Mames Babegenush. Catch these sneak peeks of Dustbowl Revival in our courtyard and Mames Babegenush at the Port of Copenhagen, and get ready to tune in for a spirited, globe-spanning virtual concert experience. | Skirball Stages: Dustbowl Revival and Mames Babegenush for full details.

Join the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles for Skirball Stages—globe-spanning virtual concert events! Premiering on October 24, enjoy spirited performa...

Create a unique mobile to hang in your home inspired by the weeklong Jewish harvest festival, Sukkot—a time for giving t...
10/06/2020
Mobiles of Appreciation

Create a unique mobile to hang in your home inspired by the weeklong Jewish harvest festival, Sukkot—a time for giving thanks for the gifts of nature. (Visit the link below for step-by-step instructions!) For our mobile, we decided to include paper cutouts of leaves and a fruit that is relevant to the holiday, etrog (yellow citrus). Etrog is one of the four plants mentioned in the Torah as being central to Sukkot, along with lulav (date palm), hadass (myrtle tree), and aravah (willow tree).

Sukkot is often associated with the custom of building a temporary shelter called a sukkah (meaning “booth” or “hut” in Hebrew). Most historians believe this tradition began with farmers in ancient Israel who worked and slept in the fields during the harvest. While creating your art piece, reflect on what shelter means to you and consider ways you can take action this year to support someone who is homeless or living on the edge of homelessness.

Sukkot is a weeklong Jewish harvest festival—a time of giving thanks for the gifts of nature. Falling just after the Jewish New Year and a period of reflection, Sukkot is also a time for building and taking concrete action as we begin the new year.

Tonight begins the weeklong Jewish festival of Sukkot, which dates back to biblical times. It is observed by dwelling in...
10/02/2020

Tonight begins the weeklong Jewish festival of Sukkot, which dates back to biblical times. It is observed by dwelling in makeshift shelters (or “sukkot” in Hebrew) for seven days. This custom probably originated with the harvest in ancient Israel, when farmers would stay overnight in the fields. In time, the harvest was linked to the history of the Israelites, recalling their desert dwellings as they journeyed to the Promised Land. Today Jews around the world invite family and friends into their sukkot in the spirit of welcome and thanksgiving. Yet even as we give thanks for the shelter of our own homes, we are reminded that not all are fortunate to share this privilege. Here in our own city of Los Angeles, many people struggle to find adequate housing or even temporary shelter.

At the Skirball, we are inspired by the Sukkot festival to reinvigorate our commitment to social justice, including fair housing for all. May the spirit of Sukkot—of welcome, thanksgiving, and social justice—continue to sustain our Skirball family and the community we embrace.

10/01/2020
The Official Unofficial Voting Station website by Aram Han Sifuentes

What if truly everyone could vote in the US? Who has, and who doesn’t have, the power to make decisions in our democracy? These are some of the important questions posed in our very first Online Exhibition | The Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can't, open today! In this idealized polling place created by artist-activist Aram Han Sifuentes, experience voting as it could be: broad, inclusive, and a cause for celebration. Cast your symbolic ballot today, and explore the possibility of a true democracy with us. Enter the exhibition here: https://bit.ly/2GkNXMR. #OfficialUnofficialVotingStation

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Metro Rapid Bus 734 or Metro Local 234; FREE on-site parking!

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MUSEUM ADMISSION All exhibitions are included with Museum admission. $12 General | $9 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12 | $7 Children 2–12 | FREE to Skirball Members and Children under 2 | FREE to all on Thursdays* Note: Advance tickets to Noah’s Ark are highly recommended on weekends and during school breaks, including for Skirball Members. *Tickets on free Thursdays are first-come, first-served only (no advance tickets), subject to availability.

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Skirball isn't open yet, but I'm happy to be able to go there to vote next week.
If you missed the original #NotoriousRBG exhibit, here is another opportunity. I highly recommend it.
IMPORTANT: Based on our previous ones these concerts WILL sell out pretty quickly so please buy your tickets earlier rather than later. For those who have not attended our previous concerts, these were conceived by me over a lifetime of film music concert going. The emphasis is on the music I NEVER ever heard done by the composers themselves or anyone else. We include iconic Elmer Bernstein material like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE, GHOSTBUSTERS and TRUE GRIT. But while we have you here we will explore scores that no one has ever played including WHERE’S JACK, THE TIN STAR, HAWAII, ROBOT MONSTER, GOLD, THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL, I LOVE YOU ALICE B TOKLAS, BRIDGE AT REMAGEN, HUD and many more.
Kiefer's photographic account of the travails of migrants from across the US border from Mexico is like the written account of another US Immigration official working at the El Paso Customs and Immigration Centre. Both the border officials found the human cost incurred by immigrants far too high and as officials far too heart-rending to be dealt with and both ultimately resigned from their posts and began to do volunteer work for mitigating the suffering of immigrants on both sides of the border. It is a pity that the New World countries were quintessential immigrant havens for economic and political refugees from Europe and other continents today due to turn of their economic condition finds themselves unable to take any more immigrants without loss of livelihood or quality of life of American citizens significantly. Restrictions on immigration on this score are understandable but what is not understandable is why unwanted immigrants cannot be held in border camps in humane conditions before returning them to their countries of origin and if possible run counselling sessions for them as to why their immigration is not possible legally without which their stay will always be subject to risk of deportation without notice with attendant disruption in their personal lives. Border officials in US and elsewhere since Ellis Island days have never been famous for politeness or kindness towards immigrants, most of whom were and are economic refugees, but they can definitely do with some training in politeness, helpfullness and above all normal human kindness towards less fortunate souls in the discharge of their stressful duties.
As the curator of the #WilsonsGuide blog - a blog about where to eat, drink and be merry in Los Angeles, the Bay and beyond - I wanted to share that we are such a fan of the "Black is Beautiful" photography exhibition, that we recently featured it on our blog! Here is the link, if you would like to check it out and share. :)
The exhibits are always well done. The summer concerts are a great night out. I really like the food at the restaurant.
At Producers Guild Awards nominees breakfast & panel discussion, presented by The Hollywood Reporter
We are honored to have STEVEN SHER, internationally recognized author of 15 books and teacher of poetry and prose, at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center. On November 7th, he will lead an afternoon poetry workshop followed by an evening reading from his recent works; it will surely be a thought provoking, interesting, and enjoyable time. His work centers on prayer and ritual (Jewish), spiritual, holiness and healing, nature, family, and communal themes. Carpinteria is being included in his coast-to-coast literary tour, as his visits the United States from his home in Israel. Steven will be recognized as the recipient of the 2018 Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet Award to be given in conjunction with the 35th Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival which runs on two consecutive weekends in November. “Throughout these quiet, loving and humorous poems about a father, the reader comes to know why such a person ensures the survival of the generation…a deeply felt spiritual exploration.” Glenna Luschei “(Sher’s poems) are driven by a considerable spiritual depth…(and are) of that tradition in English poetry reaching from Donne to Hopkins to Vassar Miller.” Tom Ferté "I was moved by the accumulating weight of a world—a world densely populated, keenly observed...the street-life of Brooklyn of the '40s and '50s, the culture of East European Jews...." Marc Kaminsky “Wise without being bitter, simple without being naïve—these are tales you’ll read to your children with a little shiver, the way the great family stories are read.” Joanne Greenberg ______________________________ BIOGRAPHY Born in Brooklyn, NY, Steven made aliyah five years ago, and now lives in Jerusalem with his wife near his children and grandchildren. Since the 1970s, his poetry and prose have appeared in hundreds of journals worldwide; he has worked as an editor, media consultant and journalist. He has taught at many universities since 1977 (e.g., Brooklyn College, Yeshiva University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Willamette University, Western Oregon University, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Spalding University, Manhattan College). He has lectured widely on writing and has led many workshops (e.g., The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Poets House, San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival, Coos Head Writers Workshop, Tumble Words, Catskill Poetry Festival, The Rural Readers Project [poetry in the schools], NEA’s Creativity & Aging Initiative). His writing (primarily poetry, short fiction, folktales, satire and features) has appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide and in 15 books including, most recently, Grazing on Stars: Selected Poems (Presa Press, 2012), The House of Washing Hands about Jewish life in the Pacific Northwest, (Pecan Grove Press, 2014), and Uncharted Waters (New Feral Press, 2017). Some of the publications that have accepted his work include Confrontation, European Judaism, The Georgia Review, The Greenfield Review, The Jerusalem Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Louisville Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Mudfish, The Nebraska Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Santa Barbara Review, Solo, Talking River Review, Tar River Poetry, Tiferet, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Witness. His work has been featured by Symphony Space (Selected Shorts) and Poetry In Motion, and was an Oregon Book Awards finalist. ______________________________ U.S. TOUR SCHEDULE – UPCOMING EVENTS 10/29/18 – Reading at KGB Monday Night Poetry Series – hosted by KGB, 85 E. 4th Street, New York NY http://www.kgbbar.com 10/31/18 – Reading at Brooklyn's Green Pavilion Series – hosted by The Green Pavilion Restaurant, 4307 18th Ave, Brooklyn NY 11/04/18 – Workshop and Reading at Beyond Baroque – hosted Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice CA http://beyondbaroque.org 11/07/18 – Workshop and Reading – hosted by the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, 865 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria CA https://www.carpinteriaartscenter.org 11/08/18 – Poetry Event – hosted by the E.P. Foster Library, 651 East Main Street Ventura CA https://www.vencolibrary.org 11/11/18 Reading – hosted by the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival (Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St, Morro Bay CA http://coalescebookstore.com ______________________________ EXAMPLES OF SHER’S WORK UNCHARTED WATERS (excerpt) Book published in 2017 In this special collection, focusing on care giving, aging, and illness, the deeper meanings of healing are explored. “Now when nothing that we hear seems real and little of what we see makes sense, the promise of the world begins to close up like harsh light shrunk to a pinhole and yet on the other side, if we would only dare to look, hope’s blinding light is like the back of God that Moses saw…” https://steven-sher-poetry.wixsite.com/writing/books From The Jewish Writing Project VISITING THE MOUNT OF OLIVES 02-12-18 Our van winds through the narrow streets and splits the crowds that choke the way. The Arab children after school seek shortcuts past the Jewish plots–whole sections overrun with broken stones. Windshield grating, front and rear, guards against large rocks that can be hurled at passing cars. We are targets in our own land. It is the day before Tu b’Shevat, a season of renewal, a time of growth— the first flowers bloom in the city below. When we find the Arab caretaker, he leads us to the gravesite and asks for too much money, but we don’t bargain with our dead before us. Like Abraham for Machpelah, we pay full price. He scrubs the stone with brush and water. More Arab boys pass through the lane. An old woman and her daughter appear in the section next to where we stand reciting Psalms. In his year in the earth her husband has prepared a place for their eternal home. She says it feels more like home than Brooklyn. Returning to our van, we meet a group on foot breathing hard. Alarmed there’s been a new attack, the road exposed below, we gird ourselves for a hail of rocks on our descent. https://jewishwritingproject.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/visiting-the-mount-of-olives/?fbclid=IwAR0My_eWu6JnZEMF4aZADN5IuL4klySwTP1gje4t4RP14dXYFsBam0ncEto From Young Ravens Literary Review A BOMB SHELTER IN JERUSALEM 07-14-14 When sirens shake the city's calm, we descend three flights, grandkids in arm, to join our neighbors in the basement shelter; imagine rockets climbing the Judean hills will pull us from this life like bodies from rubble. In the crowded shelter, parents stand and calmly talk along the walls. Children in pajamas playing, some barefoot on the cold cement, claim the center space. Older siblings hold the very young. When the time is almost up, some restless boys have made a game of jumping, seeing who can touch the ceiling-- pretend they’re intercepting missiles, crushing our fears with their bare hands. http://www.youngravensliteraryreview.org/steven-sher.html