Hertzberg Welcomes Skirball Cultural Center to Capitol; Supports Budget Augmentation
Skirball’s Jocelyn Tetel to testify about need for funding to maintain and expand Center’s educational activities and cultural programs
SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that Jocelyn Tetel, Vice President of Advancement of the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, will testify this morning in the Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Education in support of a budget augmentation for the Center that he authored.
Since opening to the public in 1996, the Skirball (which is located at the confluence of the districts of Sen. Hertzberg, Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park)) has become the largest Jewish cultural institution in North America, welcoming over 600,000 visitors annually from the region, the nation, and the world. The Skirball is dedicated to serving the populations that constitute Greater Los Angeles with programming designed to reflect the ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity of these communities.
Arguably the most critical service that the Skirball provides to the Los Angeles community is their school outreach program. From 1992-2002, California provided funding for these educational programs and other improvements. The investment allowed the Skirball to increase student museum trips from 25,000 to 100,000 annually and serve over 40 school districts across Los Angeles County.
“I congratulate Jocelyn and the rest of the Skirball team for the tremendous value their center brings to the Southland,” said Senator Hertzberg. “The educational programs that the Skirball Cultural Center provides are essential to preserving a sense of unity and understanding in our society. With the number of student visitors quadrupling, there is an urgent need to replenish the funds once provided to the Skirball.”
Skirball’s interactive and approachable exhibits on history and ethnic studies align with California’s Common Core education standards and are led by highly trained educators.
Additionally, a majority of the students who visit the Skirball come from within the L.A. Unified School District, which has approximately 80% of its students living at or below poverty levels. First and second generation immigrants comprise a large portion of the LAUSD population and its students together speak more than 90 different languages.
Media Contact: Katie Hanzlik
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 4038