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  • Ezra Jack Keats’ tales of squalor and hope

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 9, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    In 1962, the children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) published “The Snowy Day,” the tale of a boy named Peter who, wearing a fanciful red parka, ventures out into his gritty neighborhood to enjoy the delight of freshly fallen snow.  

    With illustrations...

  • A theatrical pilgrimage to Sephardi’s ‘forgotten kingdom’

    March 20, 2014 | 11:19 am

    It’s often said that Sephardic culture gets shortchanged in the Jewish world, particularly in comparison to its more famous Ashkenazi counterpart, but as of late, Los Angeles has been awash in the sounds of Ladino and the culture of ancient Spanish Jewry. Now that L.A.’s first...

  • ‘The Story of the Jews’ chronicles Jewish history

    By Tom Tugend

    March 12, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    “The Story of the Jews,” a panoramic overview of 3,000 years of a people’s history, is “a story of suffering, resilience, endurance and survival,” says author Simon Schama, a British historian and professor at Columbia University.

    To absorb such a history, not to mention writing...

  • Skirball’s founding chairman passes the baton

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 31, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    Addressing the more than 600 attendees of the Skirball Cultural Center’s Founders Gala last October, Howard I. Friedman, the center’s first, and until Jan. 2 its only, board chairman, spoke about one of his favorite subjects: the significance of ideas in sustaining Jewish life. 

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  • New Skirball chair no stranger to community leadership

    By Ryan Torok

    January 31, 2014 | 12:41 pm

    Twenty years ago, Peter M. Weil enjoyed a private tour of Hebrew University of Jerusalem that left a lasting impression. A friend of the university had arranged the visit, during which the school’s leaders took Weil to see their archive of some of Albert Einstein’s personal...

  • Moving and Shaking: Peter Weil named Skirball board chair, Myron Zimmerman honored

    By Ryan Torok

    December 19, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    Los Angeles attorney and longtime Skirball Cultural Center board member Peter Weil has been named the second-ever board chair of the Skirball, succeeding founding board chairman Howard Friedman.

    “In his decade of service to the Skirball board of trustees and record of leadership...

  • New and improved: These upgraded wedding venues aim to add ‘wow’ to your vows

    By Elyse Glickman

    October 22, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Some brides look for the hottest new places for their wedding ceremonies and receptions. Others are interested in staging their nuptials at L.A. mainstays. There are places, however, that offer the best of both worlds — locations that are definitively part of the local DNA, yet...

  • Uri Herscher’s center of gratitude

    By Susan Freudenheim

    October 18, 2013 | 11:18 am

    One day in early March 1954, Uri Herscher, just 12 at the time, ran away from his parents. His father, Joseph, a cabinetmaker, and mother, Lucy, a laundress, were having trouble making ends meet living in Israel. Together with Uri and his younger brother, Eli, they were meant to...

  • The people’s architect: A retrospective displays Moshe Safdie’s global vision

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 6, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    The Skirball Cultural Center, which stands at the crest of Sepulveda and Mulholland just west of the 405 Freeway, was built on a dump. Literally. Who knew? Before the Skirball acquired the land, it was a garbage dump. With its opening in 1996, architect Moshe Safdie, in his first...

  • Daniel Rolnik: ‘The world’s most adorable art critic’

    May 8, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    Daniel Rolnik bills himself as “The World’s Most Adorable Art Critic,” and if you speak to him for even a minute, it’s easy to see why. Animated, passionate, whimsical and delightfully upbeat, Rolnik, 24, has made it his mission to introduce people to new and exciting artists, and...

  • Going home with Gary Baseman

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 24, 2013 | 10:11 am

    There’s an old saying that goes something like this: We spend the first half of our lives running away from home and the rest trying to get back. Consider Homer, way back in ancient Greece, who defined our notion of a life’s odyssey as a journey that begins and ends at home.

    The...

  • Step Into ‘Exodus’ at the Skirball Cultural Center

    March 13, 2013 | 4:33 am

    This Passover, to take your first steps toward an L.A. Exodus — fulfilling the haggadah’s edict that each person must see themselves as if they were leaving Egypt — you must first make it up to the Sepulveda Pass.

    Hopefully the sea of traffic on the 405 will part, revealing at...

  • A day of Holocaust memories

    By Ryan Torok

    February 27, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    When 89-year-old Max Stodel arrived for a Feb. 17 program at the Skirball Cultural Center marking the run-up to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) 20th anniversary in April, he didn’t come alone.

    In addition to his daughter, Betty Lazarus, the survivor of the...

  • Joe Sherwood: Honoring good police work

    By Rachel Heller

    November 20, 2012 | 5:06 pm

    It started with the morning paper. Every day, when Joe Sherwood read the news, he was struck by an imbalance he saw in law-enforcement reporting. 

    “Anytime there was a bad cop, it would be front-page news,” recalled Sherwood, 95. “They never talked about all the good police work...

  • The first Jewish president? Lincoln, in the Abrahamic tradition

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 14, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    Abraham Lincoln has been dead for almost 150 years, yet suddenly he’s everywhere. At the Skirball Cultural Center, you can see an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Lincoln, amid an impressive array of founding American documents. The Huntington Library is...

  • Celebrating Jewish Book Month

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    October 31, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    Nothing says more about the unsettled state of American publishing than the fact that Jonathan Adler is the only author who will be presenting a book event at the Skirball Cultural Center during Jewish Book Month. 

    Adler, of course, is famous as a designer, retailer and pop...

  • Home movies reveal cultural history of SoCal Jews

    April 4, 2012 | 2:39 pm

    Home movies have long played an important role in the lives of American Jews. Backyard barbecues, baby namings, bar mitzvahs — few are the events that haven’t been captured on film by the Jewish parent or grandparent. Home movies contain our memories, our inside jokes, our first...

  • Opinion: Empowered women

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 17, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    It takes a little effort to find the exhibition “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” at the Skirball Cultural Center. You have to bypass three alluring gift shops and a bunch of other special exhibitions as well as close your ears to the children laughing in “Noah’s Ark” to get to a quiet...

  • SoCal Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Inducts 2011 Class

    July 5, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    Horseracing and water polo were well represented among the 15th class of Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame inductees during a gala ceremony on June 26 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    Honorees included Jerry and Ann Moss, owners of 2009 Breeders’ Cup champion Zenyatta...

  • Milken school, Stephen S. Wise Temple severing ties

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 25, 2011 | 6:16 pm

    Milken Community High School and Stephen S. Wise Temple are severing ties, both institutions announced on March 25.

    In what both say is a fully amicable agreement, the board of Milken, a pluralistic school that also includes a middle school, and the board of the Reform synagogue,...

  • Israel’s bad boy of cinema gets L.A. fest

    By Tom Tugend

    March 8, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    “My country, Israel, is full of contradictions and volcanic eruptions. We fluctuate between extremes. One morning you say peace is at hand and all problems will be resolved. The next day, it’s the apocalypse.”

    The thumbnail description comes from Amos Gitai, who, more than any...

  • 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...
  • 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,...

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