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.
Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past.
Great is study, for it leads to action.
(Talmud, b. Kid. 40b)
You shall not stand idly by while your neighbor bleeds.
How good and pleasant it is to dwell together.
The world is sustained by compassionate deeds.
(Pirke Avot 1.2)
A note on traditions of welcome and security in a time of grief and conflict
Following the Hamas attacks on Israel, the Skirball recommits to being a safe meeting place for all. Read more.
2022–2023 Friedman Prize
Howard I. Friedman Memorial Graduate Essay Prize
The Skirball congratulates Erin Faigin, recipient of the second annual Friedman Prize, on her winning essay, "The Right to Choose and the Housewife Who Got Elected," reflecting on the relationship of Jewish values to the establishment and defense of civil liberties in the United States.
Submission details for the 2023-24 Friedman Prize, including essay themes and entry deadlines, will be announced shortly.