The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) is committed to making designated spaces in the Museum available for events, both during and after public hours, on a space-available basis. Events are not be permittedd that, in the judgment of Museum, could disrupt or conflict with the primary use of the building as a public museum and cultural institution. Priority will be given to the scheduling of the Museum’s programs and activities.
Profits from facility rentals help support the Museum’s primary goal to explore diverse contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas through the presentation of exhibitions, performances, and public programs.
The following types of events are not permitted:
- Political events or celebrations of any kind
- Religious ceremonies or events; use of the Torah or other religious text; or involve services of a religious figure, i.e. Rabbi, Priest, etc.
- Gambling/casino events
- Raffles, except for raffles conducted pursuant to a valid registration with the California Registry of Charitable Trusts.
- Art displays or performances not belonging to or approved by the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
- Events for minors (under twenty-one years of age), i.e. graduations, proms etc; exception: celebrations following Bar/Bat Mitzvahs will be allowed, but the ceremonial part will not be allowed.
- Promotional events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Events where entrance to the event requires on-site purchase of a ticket, i.e. ticketed performances, or events advertised to the general public with the exception of performances taking place in Goldman Hall ("multipurpose room"), or the "Yud" Gallery, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- The facilities may not be used for fundraising events without the consent of the Museum. A letter on the organization's letterhead must be submitted to the CJM stating the purpose and the benefactors of the proposed fundraising activity.
- A fee of $500 per half hour will be billed for any groups remaining in the museum after the contractually agreed upon time or requiring access to the Museum prior to 11:00am. (Special arrangements must be made for breakfast events or morning meetings).
- Special arrangements must be made in advance if an event is scheduled to conclude after 11:00pm. Additional fees will apply.
- The Contemporary Jewish Museum is closed to the public on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Passover (first two, and last two days, dates vary by year), Independence Day, Rosh Hashanah (exact dates vary by year), Yom Kippur (exact dates vary by year), and Thanksgiving. The Museum will not be available for private events on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, Yom Kippur, and Rosh Hashanah.
- The Museum may be available for events on the following holidays at an additional fee: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, and the day after Thanksgiving. Additional fees may apply for events scheduled during holiday weekends. An estimate will be provided upon request.
- The Contemporary Jewish Museum does not provide catering services, tables, chairs, decor, or linens.
- The renter must select a caterer from the Museum’s approved caterers of caterers who are familiar with the facilities and the required policies and procedures, respect the Museum's mission and have excellent reputations.
- A 750-square-foot kitchen is available for use within specific guidelines, and for an additional kitchen usage fee of $1,000.
- Kosher Policy: The Museum does not require strict adherence to Jewish dietary laws; however, there can be no pork or shellfish served in the Museum at any time.
- The Contemporary Jewish Museum has specific decor guidelines to protect the artwork and the landmark building. A complete list of these guidelines is available from the Facility Rental and Events Department. Download the CJM's Plant and Floral guidelines.