Visions and Values

Jewish Life from Antiquity to America


About the Exhibition

Featuring changing displays of works from the Skirball’s permanent collection of Judaica—one of the largest in the world—this historically illuminating exhibition chronicles the struggles and achievements of the Jewish people over a span of four thousand years.

Travel through the many lands and civilizations where Jews have lived and discover how ancestral visions continue to shape modern values. The Visions and Values galleries—Beginnings, Journeys, Holidays, Lifecycle, Synagogue, Passage to America, Nation of Immigrants, Struggle and Opportunity, the Holocaust, the State of Israel, and At Home in America—take the visitor on an unforgettable voyage of learning and discovery.

Hanukkah Lamp, Morocco from Visions and Values

Collection Spotlight

Moroccan Hanukkah Lamp

Newly on view! The light from this oil-burning Hanukkah lamp in the Skirball's permanent collection once illuminated a Moroccan Jewish home during the eight nights of Hanukkah. Until the late 1940s, Morocco was home to over a quarter of a million Jews. Today, most Moroccan Jews and their descendants live in Israel, France, and Canada, as well as in the United States, where they keep their vibrant holiday traditions alive.

Hanukkah Lamp, Morocco, twentieth century. 13 3/4 x 9 3/8 x 3 1/2 in. Maurice Amado Foundation. Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles. 27.194.