In their long history, Jews have never existed in a vacuum but in symbiosis with other cultures. The link that joins one civilization to another enriches both. In the uniquely hospitable climate of the United States, Jewish life and learning have flourished. The Skirball Cultural Center stands at the intersection of Jewish and American history. It is where the encounter between the two is appreciated and cultivated. Since it opened in Los Angeles in 1996, the Skirball has welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors. While seeking to engage people of every ethnic and cultural identity, the Skirball seeks to define itself as a Jewish institution in an American context. Its focus is on Judaism as a historical and cultural phenomenon, singular in ancestry but plural in expression.