View Larger Map
The Skirball Center on Mulholland Drive serves as a prominent cultural center for Los Angeles Jews. Now, a group of young Jews want to turn the Silver Lake Independent Jewish Community Center into the “Skirball of Silver Lake,” according to the Jewish Journal. Eastside Jews, which was founded nearly three years ago, has teamed up with the nearly sixty-year-old community center – now used primarily as a preschool – to create a more prominent and active hub of Jewish life. Jill Soloway with Eastside Jews told the Jewish Journal that the goal is to create a gathering and cultural space in the brick building, located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Bates Street. Said the Journal:
“We want to be the Skirball of Silver Lake — but more Silver Lake than Skirball,” Soloway said, referring to the Jewish cultural center on Mulholland. “We can be a space for other people to use. They’ll get inspired and come to us with ideas, so if someone wants to do a great Havdalah, we provide the building, and they can simply sign up. It’s like a living laboratory.”
The center has already raised more than $140,000 to remodel the building but it will need a lot more money to complete the transformation. which would include screening and music rehearsal rooms as well as a rooftop garden. However, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is looking at providing financial support as part of an effort to establish new centers that will appeal to younger Jews.