Mission – Vision

The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center strives to make the full spectrum of Jewish knowledge accessible to students who want to…

Understand the complexity, diversity and meaning of Judaism today…
Reframe long-held conceptions…
Connect to a heritage that is both ancient and continually relevant…
Discover themselves in Judaism and the Judaism in themselves…

The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center is the place for…

Thoughtful, knowledgeable people who are searching for ways to fill-in the gaps in their Jewish knowledge
People who are passionate about investigating the vast gamut of Jewish knowledge, embracing text study, history, philosophy, mysticism, Israel and interfaith and cultural topics
Students who believe their learning is enhanced and deepened by studying in the midst of a community of learners
Students who derive sheer pleasure and joy in engaging in an active discourse with new ideas
Those searching for a safe, non-judgmental learning environment where all questions are welcome as the pathway to deeper understanding
Those who see themselves as “beginners” as well as those who devoted themselves to Jewish studies in the past
Jews seeking an opportunity to explore the values, heritage and tenets of Judaism in a liberal, non-denominational forum sensitive to the diverse and pluralistic world of contemporary Judaism
People pursuing ways to enhance their Jewish identity by connecting to Jewish texts, ideas and values in a relevant and meaningful manner
Students who find an occasional lecture unsatisfying and who want to delve deeply into a subject over the course of several weeks in order to understand it more fully
Students who appreciate the energy, creativity and enthusiasm of skilled educators who are responsive to the needs of adult learners