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Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Skirball Cultural Center has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions, and among the most prominent cultural venues in the United States. Its mission is to explore the connections between four thousand years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. The Skirball features an extraordinary museum, changing exhibitions, engaging music, theater, comedy, film, family, and literary programs, Zeidler's Café, and Audrey's Museum store. The Skirball's core exhibition Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America traces the experiences and accomplishments of the Jewish people over four thousand years. The galleries include multimedia installations, rare artifacts, photographs, interactive computer stations, and sound recordings that lead visitors on the Jewish people's journey, culminating with their history in the United States.

Museum of Tolerance
Simon Wiesenthal Plaza
9786 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

The Museum of Tolerance is a high tech, hands-on experiential museum that focuses on two central themes through unique interactive exhibits: the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America and the history of the Holocaust - the ultimate example of man's inhumanity to man. The Museum, the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was founded to challenge visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
6006 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Founded by survivors and concerned community leaders in the 1960's, the Museum became a department of The Jewish Federation in 1978."The World that Was" introductory exhibit is like viewing a multi-dimensional family album. The cultural richness of "The World That Was" is in immediate and stark contrast with the ghetto and camp experience. The exhibit concludes with the post-War period as survivors began to rebuild their lives, reunite with family members and help establish the state of Israel The Jewish Federation's new Jewish Heritage Center, which houses the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, is also home to the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California. The resources of the Center are comprehensive and available for your classroom, organization or family.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple
3663 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Wilshire Boulevard Temple has provided liberal Jewish inspiration and education for over 135 years. Our Temple is one of the country's most highly respected Reform congregations. We originated as Congregation B'nai Birth in 1862, making us the first synagogue in Los Angeles. Ten years later, we built our first Temple on Fort Street, now Broadway. As membership increased, the congregation moved to a larger structure at Ninth and Hope streets in 1895. Continued growth brought the move to Wilshire Boulevard in 1929, soon resulting in the change in name.

University Synagogue
11960 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90049

University Synagogue, located on the west side of Los Angeles, is a Reform Jewish congregation affiliated with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. By definition, a synagogue is "a gathering place for the community." Ours is a house of worship, study and assembly, and it is the nucleus of cultural, spiritual and social awareness and activity for all of the members of our Congregation. University Synagogue provides hundreds of individuals and families with worship services, religious educational programs, and other cultural and social events and activities.