Tue–Fri, 12:00–5:00 pm
Sat–Sun, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Closed Mondays

Free on-site parking

Skirball Cultural Center

About the Skirball

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 public since 1996, the Skirball is one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles. Come visit soon!

Our Six Essential Jewish Values

The Skirball mission is deeply rooted in Jewish heritage and inspired by its values. Over time, six of these values have emerged for us as the most essential, as developed by our founder, Uri D. Herscher, through study of ancient texts.

Welcome the Stranger

You shall not oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 
(Exodus 22:21)

Honor Memory

Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. 
(Deuteronomy 32:7)

Seek Learning

Great is study, for it leads to action.
(Talmud, b. Kid. 40b)

Pursue Justice

You shall not stand idly by while your neighbor bleeds. 
(Leviticus 19:16)

Build Community

How good and pleasant it is to dwell together. 
(Psalms 133:1)

Show Kindness

The world is sustained by compassionate deeds. 
(Pirke Avot 1.2)

The Friedman Prize

White and purple water lilies in lily pond with a reflection of the Skirball building at the top of the image

Photo by John Elder

Howard I. Friedman Memorial Graduate Essay Prize

Established in memory of the Skirball Cultural Center’s founding chairman, the annual Howard I. Friedman Memorial Graduate Essay Prize (The Friedman Prize) honors and seeks perspectives on the American Jewish experience. 


Oasis 2023

The 2023 issue of Oasis examines how–through gathering, creative expression, and listening–the Skirball has been a place for nuance, complexity, learning, and connection.

Oasis 2022

With stories about The Jewish Deli exhibition, the inaugural Friedman Prize winner, and the holidays of Sukkot and Hanukkah, the 2022 issue of Oasis celebrates intergenerational exchanges.

School Programs Report 2021–2022

Learn about the Skirball’s reintroduction of in-person school programs as well as our new downloadable Visions and Values Curriculum.

Oasis 2021

This anniversary issue of Oasis commemorates our twenty-five-year history and highlights how our most recent offerings continue to give life to the Skirball’s mission. 

School Programs Mid-Year Report 2021

Read this mid-year report about our award-winning free curriculum, Noah’s Ark at the Skirball: The Art of Imagination.