About the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum was founded in 1984 at the Jewish Community Federation. In June 2008 the museum moved to the current 63,000 square foot location in the heart of San Francisco at 735 Mission Street. The new location features modern architecture designed by Daniel Libeskind, it occupies and extends the Jessie Street Power Substation.

The museum offers no permanent collection, however since the opening in 1984, each year they presented dozens of exhibitions exploring Jewish spirit, culture and imagination. A small sample of works exhibited at CJM recently is listed below:

"Our Struggle: Responding to Mein Kampf"
"From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig"
"Jews on Vinyl"
"Susan Hiller: The J.Street Project"
"John Zorn Presents the Aleph-Bet Sound Project"
"There's a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak"
"Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949"
"Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered"
"In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis"

They also offer numerous educational programs including: workshops, classes, public tours, film screenings, gallery talks, lectures, performances, teacher training, family tours, school visits, teen internship programs and art making classes.

Their core purpose is: "To be an engaging forum for diverse audiences where new perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas thrive."


Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, California