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Founders Gala 2013 | WATCH

Founders Gala 2013 | WATCH | About the Skirball | Skirball Cultural Center

These two films were created for the Skirball's 2013 Founders Gala, which took place on October 19, 2013. The gathering celebrated thirty years since groundbreaking and the completion of the Skirball's fifteen-acre campus, designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie.


"The Promise"

Learn more about the mission and the making of the Skirball Cultural Center through interviews with the founder, the architect, and Skirball visitors. In the short film, Uri D. Herscher, Skirball Founding President and CEO, speaks of his vision for a place of welcome inspired by ancestral Jewish values and American democratic ideals. Architect Moshe Safdie reflects upon how he gave form to the Skirball mission in collaboration with Dr. Herscher and the Skirball's namesake, philanthropist Jack H. Skirball.

 


Filmmaker: Joey Forsyte, of Velocity Filmworks. Film editor: Johnny Woods. Original score by composer Peter Boyer, as performed by the American Youth Symphony.


"We Are Here"

Watch captivating footage of the Skirball's rich array of educational and cultural programming—from Noah's Ark at the Skirball to Sunset Concerts, school tours to adult education, lectures and gallery tours to family festivals. Full lyrics to the original song created for the film, "Hineni" (Hebrew for "here I am"), are featured below.

 


Filmmaker: Joey Forsyte, of Velocity Filmworks. Film editor: Johnny Woods. Original song "Hineni" by film and television composer Charles Fox, with lyrics performed by the Los Angeles Children's Chorus and music performed by American Youth Symphony.


"Hineni"

We have come, to this land
And to build it hand in hand
Our doors are open, our doors are wide
Come everyone see what's inside

[instrumental]

We'll enrich and we'll enlighten
Tell the story of a people
We'll remember and we will then
Thank all those who came before

Hineni, hineni, hineni, here I am
Hineni, hineni, hineni, we are here

Here we are, we are here
We are here for one for all
We'll imagine, we'll inquire,
On our journey we'll inspire
We will welcome, and we'll listen
We will learn and we'll respond

Hineni, hineni, hineni, we are here

[instrumental]

We live to meet, celebrate
Educate, appreciate
We live to dream, and create
Just imagine, motivate

[instrumental]

We'll imagine, we'll inquire
On our journey we'll inspire
We will welcome and we'll listen
We will learn and we'll respond

Come together, all together
We can build a great new day
La la la la, la la la la
La la la la la

[instrumental]

Hineni, hineni, hineni, here we are

Come together, all together
We can build a great new day
Come together, all together
We will build a great new day

[instrumental]

Come together, all together
We can build a great new day
Come together, all together
We will build a great new day
La la la la, la la la la
La la la la la

[instrumental]

Here we are, we are here
We are here for one for all
Raise your head up, raise your voice
Praise the day and let's rejoice

Here we are, we are here
We are here for one for all
Raise your head up, raise your voice
Praise the day and let's rejoice

[instrumental]

We have come, to this land
And to build it hand in hand
Our doors are open, our doors are wide
Come everyone see what's inside

We'll enrich and we'll enlighten
Tell the story of a people
We'll remember and we will then
Thank all those who came before

Hineni, hineni, hineni, here I am
Hineni, hineni, hineni, we are here

We'll imagine, we'll inquire,
On our journey we'll inspire
We will welcome, and we'll listen
We will learn and we'll respond

Hineni, hineni, hineni, I am here
Hineni, hineni, hineni, we are here
Hineni, hineni, hineni, here we are
Hineni, hineni, hineni, we are here
Hineni

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