Skirball Cultural Center

Skirball Cultural Center Welcome! The Skirball is a dynamic Jewish cultural center with exhibitions and programs that foster human connections and promote social justice.

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. Open to the pub

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. Open to the pub

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"Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds" opens in just under a week! Preview the exhibition below with Spectrum News 1 SoCal an...
10/01/2021
'Star Trek' exhibit opens at the Skirball Cultural Center

"Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds" opens in just under a week! Preview the exhibition below with Spectrum News 1 SoCal and filmmaker John Ottman, and make plans to visit starting Oct 7.

Exhibit is filled with props and interactive displays

Our North Arroyo dry riverbed is a symbol of peaceful serenity, the perfect place to have a moment of quiet reflection a...
10/01/2021

Our North Arroyo dry riverbed is a symbol of peaceful serenity, the perfect place to have a moment of quiet reflection along the path that leads to the Skirball entrance. It is also the perfect place for visitation stones—dedicated by you, our community, in remembrance of those we've lost—to be placed as a lasting acknowledgment of what has been lost at the close of the three-part installation "Sustain: From Loss to Renewal."

While this month of reflection is coming to a close, our commitment to offering space for our community to process loss and sustain strength in community remains. If you are not able to dedicate a visitation stone at the Skirball, we invite you to do so anywhere that is meaningful to you and you are welcome to share it with us. For those that visit the Skirball, opportunities to dedicate a stone will be available through Mar 20, 2022: https://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/sustain-loss-renewal.

Our North Arroyo dry riverbed is a symbol of peaceful serenity, the perfect place to have a moment of quiet reflection along the path that leads to the Skirball entrance. It is also the perfect place for visitation stones—dedicated by you, our community, in remembrance of those we've lost—to be placed as a lasting acknowledgment of what has been lost at the close of the three-part installation "Sustain: From Loss to Renewal."

While this month of reflection is coming to a close, our commitment to offering space for our community to process loss and sustain strength in community remains. If you are not able to dedicate a visitation stone at the Skirball, we invite you to do so anywhere that is meaningful to you and you are welcome to share it with us. For those that visit the Skirball, opportunities to dedicate a stone will be available through Mar 20, 2022: https://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/sustain-loss-renewal.

A friendly reminder from our friends at L.A. County Registrar-Recorder on this National Voter Registration Day! https://...
09/28/2021

A friendly reminder from our friends at L.A. County Registrar-Recorder on this National Voter Registration Day! https://registertovote.ca.gov/

Today is #NationalVoterRegistration

Nearly 1 million people in #LACounty are eligible but not yet registered to vote.

Let's encourage everyone who is not yet registered to take that first step to ensure their voices are heard. 🗣

Register today 📱: registertovote.ca.gov

"Be brave. Be brilliant. Soon it will be up to you to lead the way to a more just society. It will be your responsibilit...
09/28/2021

"Be brave. Be brilliant. Soon it will be up to you to lead the way to a more just society. It will be your responsibility to carry on with the journey RBG, the women in this book, and others like them began."—Nadine Epstein, "RBG's Brave & Brilliant Women"

Yesterday, we had the honor of presenting a conversation with author Nadine Epstein, editor-in-chief and CEO of Moment Magazine, on her new book for all ages "RBG's Brave & Brilliant Women." Moderated by Skirball founding President and CEO, Uri Herscher, the program was our first in-person book talk in over a year. During the talk, Epstein reflected on how a conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about women role models and why they are important to her spurred the creation of this book, which features thirty-three Jewish women, all chosen by RBG. Epstein highlighted which women were RBG's particular favorites, including Emma Lazarus and Henrietta Szold (two of her mother's heroes too), and shared why it was important to feature the stories of Jewish women in particular. Epstein explained, the humanity and bravery of Jewish women always sustained and inspired RBG when her spirits needed lifting. May we all be sustained by and inspired to continue building a better world through the stories featured in this book.

Sukkot is a weeklong Jewish harvest festival—a time of giving thanks for the gifts of nature. Falling just after the Jew...
09/23/2021

Sukkot is a weeklong Jewish harvest festival—a time of giving thanks for the gifts of nature. Falling just after the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and a period of reflection (Yom Kippur—together, the High Holidays), Sukkot is also a time for building and taking concrete action as we begin the year anew.

With an emphasis on building, it is tradition for Jews to construct and dwell in a sukkah during the week of Sukkot. Sukkah means "booth" or "hut" in Hebrew. Each sukkah requires at least three sides and a roof that is made of branches or other foliage, which allows for some shade, but also allows one to see the sky. The construction of sukkahs is a lesson in learning to build with materials that are meant to be taken apart and rebuilt, lessons in resilience and reassembling. This holiday itself reminds us that we can always rebuild.

While you're here, we invite you to join us in community, to take a moment to relax, enjoy, or dine in our Skirball Sukkah during this week of giving thanks and gathering together. And, in our stories, enjoy some behind-the-scenes peeks at how the sukkah came together with decor by artist and museum exhibition designer Emma Thorne-Christy.

Sukkot is a weeklong Jewish harvest festival—a time of giving thanks for the gifts of nature. Falling just after the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and a period of reflection (Yom Kippur—together, the High Holidays), Sukkot is also a time for building and taking concrete action as we begin the year anew.

With an emphasis on building, it is tradition for Jews to construct and dwell in a sukkah during the week of Sukkot. Sukkah means "booth" or "hut" in Hebrew. Each sukkah requires at least three sides and a roof that is made of branches or other foliage, which allows for some shade, but also allows one to see the sky. The construction of sukkahs is a lesson in learning to build with materials that are meant to be taken apart and rebuilt, lessons in resilience and reassembling. This holiday itself reminds us that we can always rebuild.

While you're here, we invite you to join us in community, to take a moment to relax, enjoy, or dine in our Skirball Sukkah during this week of giving thanks and gathering together. And, in our stories, enjoy some behind-the-scenes peeks at how the sukkah came together with decor by artist and museum exhibition designer Emma Thorne-Christy.

It's officially Sukkot, the weeklong Jewish holiday that celebrates the fall harvest. During this holiday, people gather...
09/23/2021

It's officially Sukkot, the weeklong Jewish holiday that celebrates the fall harvest. During this holiday, people gather together and enjoy meals in a foliage-covered booth or shelter known as a sukkah. Welcome the season by creating a decorative harvest weaving featuring your favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables for your sukkah or somewhere in your home. Make your own by following the step-by-step instructions here: https://www.skirball.org/family-activities/harvest-weavings.

Or make one with us in person this weekend, Sep 25 and 26, at the Archaeology Dig (included with Museum admission to Noah's Ark): https://www.skirball.org/programs/family-programs/archaeology-dig!
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It's officially Sukkot, the weeklong Jewish holiday that celebrates the fall harvest. During this holiday, people gather together and enjoy meals in a foliage-covered booth or shelter known as a sukkah. Welcome the season by creating a decorative harvest weaving featuring your favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables for your sukkah or somewhere in your home. Make your own by following the step-by-step instructions here: https://www.skirball.org/family-activities/harvest-weavings.

Or make one with us in person this weekend, Sep 25 and 26, at the Archaeology Dig (included with Museum admission to Noah's Ark): https://www.skirball.org/programs/family-programs/archaeology-dig!
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Thinking of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week, which marks the one-year anniversary of her passing. Remembe...
09/19/2021

Thinking of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week, which marks the one-year anniversary of her passing. Remembering, too, all of the personal tributes left on our front steps on Sep 25, 2020, by Angelenos inspired by RBG, all beautifully surrounding a floral memorial lovingly built by Classroom of Compassion. May her memory continue to be for a blessing. And may her legacy of defending equality and civil rights live on through memories like these.

Did you visit the tribute to RBG at the Skirball last year? We invite you to share your memories and reflections in the comments below 💛

Thinking of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week, which marks the one-year anniversary of her passing. Remembering, too, all of the personal tributes left on our front steps on Sep 25, 2020, by Angelenos inspired by RBG, all beautifully surrounding a floral memorial lovingly built by Classroom of Compassion. May her memory continue to be for a blessing. And may her legacy of defending equality and civil rights live on through memories like these.

Did you visit the tribute to RBG at the Skirball last year? We invite you to share your memories and reflections in the comments below 💛

Yom Kippur is a day of reflection, humility, and soul-searching, when Jews as a community focus on the meaning of life a...
09/15/2021

Yom Kippur is a day of reflection, humility, and soul-searching, when Jews as a community focus on the meaning of life and its responsibilities. In the words of Jewish tradition, may we all be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a year of blessing and peace.

In honor of this important holiday, we share with you an object from the Skirball Museum collection: a silver belt buckle associated with the ritual observance of Yom Kippur in a historic Jewish community. During the 20th century, it was customary for Jews of Central and Eastern Europe to wear a kittel (white robe) on Yom Kippur, often with special silver-buckled belts, like this one. The significance of wearing white on Yom Kippur is to emulate the practice of the biblical High Priest when they entered the Holy of Holies, the inmost chamber of the Temple in Jerusalem. This happened only once a year, on Yom Kippur. The silver buckle proceeds from the same tradition. It is still synagogue custom to clad Torah scrolls in white with silver ornaments on the High Holidays for the same reason.

Yom Kippur is a day of reflection, humility, and soul-searching, when Jews as a community focus on the meaning of life and its responsibilities. In the words of Jewish tradition, may we all be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a year of blessing and peace.

In honor of this important holiday, we share with you an object from the Skirball Museum collection: a silver belt buckle associated with the ritual observance of Yom Kippur in a historic Jewish community. During the 20th century, it was customary for Jews of Central and Eastern Europe to wear a kittel (white robe) on Yom Kippur, often with special silver-buckled belts, like this one. The significance of wearing white on Yom Kippur is to emulate the practice of the biblical High Priest when they entered the Holy of Holies, the inmost chamber of the Temple in Jerusalem. This happened only once a year, on Yom Kippur. The silver buckle proceeds from the same tradition. It is still synagogue custom to clad Torah scrolls in white with silver ornaments on the High Holidays for the same reason.

We are pleased to present the third and final phase of "Sustain: From Loss to Renewal," a commissioned print series by L...
09/15/2021

We are pleased to present the third and final phase of "Sustain: From Loss to Renewal," a commissioned print series by LA–based artist Stephanie Mercado. Created in the spirit of hope and renewal, the artworks highlight the power of community and celebrate the many people who work on behalf of the greater good to sustain us during times of hardship. This includes a member of our very own community, Monica Vielman, Skirball Kitchen Team Member, whose portrait is pictured below.

Mercado interviewed each individual included in the series, listening to them share their experiences as essential workers during the COVID crisis. In recognition of humanity’s deep connection to the cycles of nature, the portraits are surrounded with florals. “Each year after the winter, the cold, and long, dark nights,” says the artist, “we emerge again in the spring with warmth, light, blossoms, and one more year of experience and knowledge.”

Read more about each person honored in this series and view all of the portraits digitally, and/or plan your visit to see the portraits in person: https://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/sustain-loss-renewal.

We are pleased to present the third and final phase of "Sustain: From Loss to Renewal," a commissioned print series by LA–based artist Stephanie Mercado. Created in the spirit of hope and renewal, the artworks highlight the power of community and celebrate the many people who work on behalf of the greater good to sustain us during times of hardship. This includes a member of our very own community, Monica Vielman, Skirball Kitchen Team Member, whose portrait is pictured below.

Mercado interviewed each individual included in the series, listening to them share their experiences as essential workers during the COVID crisis. In recognition of humanity’s deep connection to the cycles of nature, the portraits are surrounded with florals. “Each year after the winter, the cold, and long, dark nights,” says the artist, “we emerge again in the spring with warmth, light, blossoms, and one more year of experience and knowledge.”

Read more about each person honored in this series and view all of the portraits digitally, and/or plan your visit to see the portraits in person: https://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/sustain-loss-renewal.

Storms can be a symbol of going through challenging and difficult times, and can also be an opportunity to learn about o...
09/12/2021
Mindful Moment: Storm

Storms can be a symbol of going through challenging and difficult times, and can also be an opportunity to learn about ourselves and find strength together in community. On this #MindfulnessDay, virtually brave a storm aboard Noah's Ark with educator Savannah through movement, breath, and mindful listening: https://youtu.be/j7bGoXkfBxM.

This storytelling and mindfulness experience is part Noah's Ark at the Skirball: The Art of Imagination, an award-winning suite of educational resources perfect for distance-learning that bring the artistry and messages of Noah's Ark into your home.

It’s raining! Grab an umbrella, put on your raincoat and boots! In Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™, our story always begins with rain, wind, thunder, lightning,...

9/11 was a national tragedy, an impact that still ripples through the lives of thousands of families today. The new docu...
09/11/2021

9/11 was a national tragedy, an impact that still ripples through the lives of thousands of families today. The new documentary "Finding Daylight" shines light on these ripples, showing how the memory of the event impacts those years and now, two decades later. Instead of using footage from the day, filmmaker Bettina Moss was intentional in choosing artists to interpret 9/11, to not dwell in the tragedy. These three images featured in "Finding Daylight" show us how pain and tragedy (1), with the aid of time and reflection (2), can transform into hope and renewal (3).

"Finding Daylight" screens at the Skirball for free today, Sep 11, at 2:00 pm.

"Finding Daylight," a new documentary by Bettina Moss, honors the memory of those lost 20 years ago on 9/11 through pers...
09/11/2021
Finding Daylight Trailer - Documentary by Bettina Moss

"Finding Daylight," a new documentary by Bettina Moss, honors the memory of those lost 20 years ago on 9/11 through personal reflections and artistic expression. Listen to a preview of the stories of those in the documentary below. "Finding Daylight" screens at the Skirball for free tomorrow, Sep 11, at 2:00 pm with required advance reservation.

Final trailer

At the Skirball, we honor memory. In keeping with Jewish custom, this yahrzeit candle, also known as a memorial candle, ...
09/09/2021

At the Skirball, we honor memory. In keeping with Jewish custom, this yahrzeit candle, also known as a memorial candle, is kindled in grief and remembrance of the thousands of lives tragically lost twenty years ago on the morning of September 11. It represents our renewed commitment to translate the memory of pain into the promise of hope—a brighter future we can build together, if only we can come together. This candle will be lit today through the weekend.

At the Skirball, we honor memory. In keeping with Jewish custom, this yahrzeit candle, also known as a memorial candle, is kindled in grief and remembrance of the thousands of lives tragically lost twenty years ago on the morning of September 11. It represents our renewed commitment to translate the memory of pain into the promise of hope—a brighter future we can build together, if only we can come together. This candle will be lit today through the weekend.

Happy Star Trek Day! On this day 55 years ago, the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series premiered. With the e...
09/08/2021

Happy Star Trek Day! On this day 55 years ago, the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series premiered. With the exhibition "Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds," the enduring relevance and significant impact of the franchise on art, culture, and technology will be on view at the Skirball starting Oct 7. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes peek at the exhibition during its installation—can't wait to see you soon!

October tickets available now for "Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds": https://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/star-trek-exploring-new-worlds. #StarTrekDay

Happy Star Trek Day! On this day 55 years ago, the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series premiered. With the exhibition "Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds," the enduring relevance and significant impact of the franchise on art, culture, and technology will be on view at the Skirball starting Oct 7. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes peek at the exhibition during its installation—can't wait to see you soon!

October tickets available now for "Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds": https://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/star-trek-exploring-new-worlds. #StarTrekDay

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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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May is Jewish American Heritage Month. You are invited to visit the newly expanded website http://www.amuseum.org/jahf to read and watch videos about honorees such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Albert Einstein, Joseph Pulitzer, Barbra Streisand, etc.
May is Jewish American Heritage Month. You are invited to visit the newly expanded website http://www.amuseum.org/jahf to read and watch videos about honorees such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Albert Einstein, Joseph Pulitzer, Barbra Streisand, etc.
May is Jewish American Heritage Month. You are invited to visit the newly expanded website http://www.amuseum.org/jahf to read and watch videos about honorees such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Albert Einstein, Joseph Pulitzer, Barbra Streisand, etc.
May is Jewish American Heritage Month. You are invited to visit the newly expanded website http://www.amuseum.org/jahf to read and watch videos about honorees such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Albert Einstein, Joseph Pulitzer, Barbra Streisand, etc.
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To celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month (May), the Jewish-American Hall of Fame invites you to learn about over 50 inductees in the fields of Business, Entertainment, Literature, Medicine, Military, Music, Public Service, Religion, Science, Sports, etc. at our award-winning website www.amuseum.org/jahf.
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