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)

A note on traditions of welcome and security in a time of grief and conflict

mist fountain in Skirball garden

Photograph by John Elder • Courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center

Following the Hamas attacks on Israel, the Skirball recommits to being a safe meeting place for all. Read more.

2022–2023 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

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.  


Oasis 2022

Read the 2022 issue of Oasis.

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

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.