Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Contemporary Jewish Museum
Photograph: Bruce Damonte Contemporary Jewish Museum

The exterior of the Contemporary Jewish Museum combines a 1907 power sub-station’s Beaux Arts brick facade with a blue-steel cube in a design that architect Daniel Libeskind based on the Hebrew letters for the word “chai,” meaning life. Inside, soaring skylights and enormous windows illuminate often-unexpected exhibits that illustrate the subtle influence of Jewish people and culture on the world at large including Stanley Kubrick’s directorial achievements, Bill Graham’s rock and roll revolution and 1960s children’s book illustrator Arnold Lobel. At the museum cafe, Wise Sons Deli serves up Jewish comfort foods in generous portions.

By: Shoshi Parks


Venue name: Contemporary Jewish Museum
Address: 736 Mission St
San Francisco
Cross street: at 3rd St
Opening hours: Fri-Tues 11am–5pm; Thu 11am–8pm
Transport: BART & Metro to Montgomery/ Bus 5, 8AX, 8BX, 8X, 10, 14, 14X, 21, 30, 31, 45, 70, 80, 81X, 91, 101, 101X, 292, 397, KX
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