Schools and Teachers

teachersSchool and teacher programs at the Contemporary Jewish Museum use art as a tool for teaching and learning, while encouraging dialogue and individual interpretation. Recognizing teachers as agents of change, the programs value the voices and creativity of all students. The CJM works with a range of schools—public, private, synagogue, and Jewish—to offer the Museum as a primary resource for innovative classroom practice.

Available resources include:


Educator Open Houses


Free, festive receptions at which teachers can view exhibitions and learn about curriculum resources and other upcoming programs. All educators are welcome, including those working in informal teaching settings.

Staff Development Tours


Custom, interactive exhibition tours are available during a school in-service or other professional development day. Targeted at developing innovative teaching strategies, building community, and nurturing intellectual growth, Staff Development Tours engage teachers in discussion and debate across disciplines.

Professional Development Workshops


Covering a range of topics, from teaching with art and objects to art techniques for the classroom, Professional Development Workshops are connected to exhibitions.

Upcoming Teacher Events

  • Technology for the B’nai Mitzvah InstructorSunday, Feb 2, 2014 | 3–5pm

    Admission:  Free with RSVP by Jan 24 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

     In this hands-on skill-building workshop, b’nai mitzvah teachers and tutors learn about and practice using tools such as LiveBinders, Sefaria, PocketTorah, and voice files to help educators and students organize and prepare for this important milestone. Read more »

  • Educator Insights: Personalizing PassoverThursday, Mar 13, 2014  | 5:30–8pm   Get Tickets

    Admission: $10 General and Members (includes Museum admission).

    Join an uncommon conversation about Passover, tradition, and innovation in a workshop with Eileen Levinson, founder of, the world’s first crowdsourced Haggadah. Come away with great ideas for teaching about Passover, as well as fun ways to bring life to your own Passover seder. Includes refreshments and a tour of Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah.  Read more »



LINK is a year-long initiative exploring the intersections of technology, art, and Judaism through a monthly speaker series, educator fellowship, and an exhibition.


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School and Teacher Programs are made possible by PG&E.


Leadership support comes from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation with additional generous support from Carmen Castro-Franceschi and Paul Franceschi, First Republic Bank, the Morris Stulsaft Foundation, and the Ullendorf Memorial Foundation.


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