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  • Celebrating Israel’s 60th, Skirball Style

    By Tom Tugend

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    There are many ways to celebrate Israel's 60th anniversary, and the Skirball Cultural Center is leading with its strength by offering a series of wide-ranging programs of art shows, music, film and lectures.

    Two current shows pay tribute to the nation's distaff side: "Ziva Sivan:...

  • Theo for Jews in Poland, Italian seder, HIBM awareness

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Theodore Bikel Plugs Jewish Life in Poland

    Passionately devoted to the resurgence of Jewish life in Poland, entertainer Theodore Bikel, accompanied by Tamara Brooks, performed an hour-long private concert of Yiddish, English and Hebrew songs to benefit the nonprofit Friends of Jewish...

  • Skirball builds a real rainbow for Noah’s Ark

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Danielle Berrin shows off the rainbow
    Longtime collaborators architect Moshe Safdie and artist Ned Kahn were busy designing the new headquarters for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Washington D.C. when Safdie invited Kahn to "think about rainbows." Standing in a...
  • Sukkahs become ‘Artful Dwellings’ in a holiday exhibit at the Skirball

    By Robert David Jaffee

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Wearing matching light-green pants and jacket and a white hat, Marlene Zimmerman sits on one of the wooden benches of "Joyful Visions: An American Sukkah," her installation currently on view at the Skirball Cultural Center. The artist looks contemplative and at peace under...
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  • Chabad Telethon Sunday, ‘Shadow of Doubt’

    By Dikla Kadosh

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Only two more weeks until Yom Kippur ... are you mentally and emotionally prepared? Tackling the weighty topics of repentance and forgiveness can seem like a mighty task, but with the entertaining inspiration of "The Gates Are Closing" you can start thinking and discussing...
  • The musical Baron Cohen brother comes into his own

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Erran Baron Cohen says that ever since he and his younger brother, Sacha -- of Borat fame -- were boys in London, he was the musician and Sacha was the comedian.

    "We used to develop and perform material after Shabbat dinner in our parents' house," recalls the musician, a trumpeter,...

  • The Skirball's new Noah's Ark exhibit encourages kids to explore universal values through the timeless biblical story

    By Julie G Fax

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    "Mommy! We need more food!"

    From way up in the rafters of Noah's Ark, I hear my son calling. He has climbed a net ladder to reach the second level, where he is eye-to-eye with boa constrictors fashioned out of air-conditioning conduits and a wise old yak made of dozens of rag...
  • Whose Nuremberg Laws are they?

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes we take for granted what is right in front of us. Consider that one of the most important documents of the 20th century is right here in Los Angeles, accessible and on view for all to visit. Few realize it; fewer still appreciate it.

    Although originals of the Declaration...
  • The Skirball brings critters closer to the people at its new ‘Noah’s Ark’

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Where can a family go in Los Angeles -- with toddler, tweener and grandparent in tow -- to whip up a huge storm, repair leaks, build nests, feed animals, climb ropes and resolve to improve the world, all while being inspired by artistry both grand and fanciful?

    Beginning June 26,...

  • Jewish film fest in Long Beach; ‘Mammaleh!’; Combatants for Peace

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 27th

    Still haven't seen "Go for Zucker" or "Watermarks?" You get another chance this weekend at the second annual Long Beach Jewish Film Festival. The aforementioned are two of five diverse films showing today or tomorrow. Stick around post-screenings for discussions...

  • Yiddish theater—live on stage!

    By Dave Kopplin

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles audiences have an opportunity to see selections from one of the groundbreaking works of Yiddish theater, "The Megillah of Itzak Manger," Saturday at the Skirball Cultural Center as part of the "Art of Yiddish" program. Singer and performer Mike Burstyn -- known...
  • Mamma Mia! That’s a Chanukah

    By Robert David Jaffee

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Skirball Cultural Center has chosen to focus on Italian Jewry as the theme for its upcoming "Hanukkah Family Festival," a series of performances, workshops, exhibits and other activities on Sunday, Dec. 10.

    Italian Jewry is a fitting theme since the Jewish community in Italy is...

  • Olmert Promises Students: Iran ‘Danger Will Be Removed;’ Sderot Children’s Heartfelt Drawings Come t

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert Promises Students: Iran 'Danger Will Be Removed'

    In a spirited but brief Nov. 15 speech at the Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told an enthusiastic crowd of 500, including 400 Orthodox Jewish high school students and luminaries, that...

  • A Big Opening

    By Rob Eshman

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Museums, like movie studios, prefer to open big.

    The high cost of museum management, from health care to advertising, has forced institutions to reach for blockbuster exhibits -- Tutmania! -- market them like summer movies, and pray for long lines and lasting buzz on opening day.

    ...
  • Invasion of the Creature Feature

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In 1956's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," a mannequin-like figure mysteriously appears on a billiards table, a half-formed thing without hair, face or fingerprints. Meanwhile, a woman insists that her uncle isn't her uncle, but an imposter who looks just like him; husbands say the...

  • Beyond ‘Avinu Malkeinu’

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    To most people, "Jewish music" is something familiar: the "Avinu Malkeinu" they hear every Rosh Hashana, a Yiddish lullaby or the theme from "Schindler's List."

    Neal Brostoff thinks way outside that particular box.

    Brostoff is the impresario responsible for "Beyond Bim-Bam: New...

  • Censoring Mr. Spock

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Naked women covered in ... tallitot and tefillin? The black-and-white photographs in "Shekhina" (Umbrage Editions, $39.95) a new book by Leonard Nimoy -- a.k.a. "Star Trek's" Mr. Spock -- have ignited a debate in the Jewish community over art and censorship.

    The storm over "Shekhina"...

  • ‘Letters’ From the Heart

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Alan Rosenberg and Marg Helgenberger know playwright A.R. Gurney is perhaps the quintessential chronicler of WASP American life. So why are the Jewish actor and his lapsed Catholic TV-star wife performing Gurney's "Love Letters" June 9 at the Skirball Cultural Center to benefit West...

  • Recreating Eden

    By Linda Arntzenius

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Shut your eyes. Go on. Now think of Eden. Chances are the image forming in your mind includes a full-frontal Adam and Eve, fig leaves, apple and coiled serpent. Staple icons of the culture? Not in the new interpretation of the "Six Days of Creation" by artist Margaret Handwerker. The...

  • Holy Land Exploration

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In a compelling collection of 19th and 20th century images and objects, the Skirball Cultural Center's new exhibit of photographs, lithographs and archaeological artifacts tells the story of Israel as, literally, a "holy land" -- a place that has long held fascination for the three...

  • In Search Of Home

    By Melissa Minkin

    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When 20 artists with developmental disabilities began talking about the idea of home and community, they never expected to land their first major exhibition. But the Skirball Cultural Center is now featuring their work in an exhibit called "In Search of Home."

    For the next two...

  • Skirball at Five

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When the Skirball Cultural Center opened in April 1996, its founding president and CEO, Rabbi Uri D. Herscher, didn't buy the philosophy "If you build it, they will come."

    "My theory was, 'If they come, then you build,'" the rabbi said. "Prophesy is for fools."

    Not long before the...

  • Analyzing Freud

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As you walk through the "Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture" exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center, a scratchy BBC recording of Freud speaking in heavily accented English wafts through the space like an unintelligible message from the unconscious. It is only when you stand...
  • Claiming Freud

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Freud exhibit opens at the Skirball Cultural Center Tues., April 4, and it has set my mind racing; free associating, if you will.

    American as Apple Pie

    Like it or not, we are all Freudians in America. We may not be as deterministic in the way we see the world. We may not even have...

  • Olmos Connects

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Edward James Olmos wants to connect. Give him a large multi-ethnic crowd -- as was on hand Sunday at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles -- and he'll split himself into pieces finding common links.

    "It comes from my old neighborhood in East Los Angeles," he explains. "We had...

  • Homage to Democracy

    By Tom Tugend

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Who would have thought, muses Dr. Uri D. Herscher, that the Skirball Cultural Center would reach such prominence in so short a time.

    The center's president and CEO was talking about the rare artifacts of Americana, which in earlier years would have surely been donated to the...

  • Hosting Heston

    By Tom Tugend

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Three days before its festive rededication ceremony (see story on page 10), the Skirball Cultural Center received some unrequested publicity when it hosted actor Charlton Heston for an evening of poetry and Shakespearean readings.

    The Progressive Jewish Alliance of Los Angeles...

  • Skirball Re-Dedication

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The Skirball Cultural Center will dedicate its expanded and redesigned galleries on Sunday (Dec. 5) during an all-day Chanukah family festival.

    Among the highlights of the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. festival are a Chanukah lamp treasure hunt and art workshop, family theater and storytelling,...

  • The Art of Memory

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Artist Tobi Kahn is obsessed with memories of the Holocaust. His abstract landscapes depict recollections of a haunted time and place he never experienced. Simple shapes conjure rivers and roads that snake through still valleys, serene at first glance, disturbing upon reflection....
  • Dark Humor Guides Author

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    "I despise 'Schindler's List' because it ends on a redemptive note, and I don't see the slightest bit of redemption in the Shoah...There's all this nonsense out there about healing, but I don't want to heal anything. I want to rip open the stitches. I want readers to bleed."

    Don't...

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