Jewish Studies in Los Angeles: The Skirball Cultural Center

By Robert Kirschner

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Winter 2002

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.

Topic: Museums and Exhibitions, History, Culture

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Fine, Steven

Volume/Issue: Winter 2002

Page Number(s): 23-24

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Los Angeles, California , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kirschner, Robert. Jewish Studies in Los Angeles: The Skirball Cultural Center. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Winter 2002: 23-24. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11980


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