Thursday Night at the Jewseum: Rise


Date/Time: Thursday, Jun 5 | 6–9pm Get Tickets
Admission: $5 General (includes Museum Admission; $5 after 5pm)
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About the Program

The CJM launches a new quarterly social event for the after work crowd. Rise celebrates the Jewish holiday of Shavuot and current Museum exhibitions, creating a one-night only contemporary experience.

Enjoy activities throughout The Museum including:

  • Union Square vintage boutique TORSO will be dressing models in vintage couture for an installation of live models in the Grand Lobby.
  • Torch songs in the Yud with Karina Denike and Michael McIntosh.
  • Signature cocktails from Tonic aptly named The Eleventh Commandment, The Broken Tablet, and Up All Night.
  • A glamorous and glittery eyelash bar with The Dress Up Box.
  • Delicious grilled cheese sandwiches with The GrilledCheezGuy pop-up.
  • Poet’s Corner with Neeli Cherkovski, Lalé Shafaghi, and Mathew Siegel.
  • Vintage fabric button making with Britex Fabrics.
  • Challah braiding demo by Wise Sons Deli’s Leo Beckerman.
  • Make Your Own Commandment magnetic activity with Reboot.
  • Flash Tour of Henry Dreyfuss with CJM curator Lily Siegel.
  • Geography quiz and prizes with Sourdough and Rye.



About The Poets

Neeli Cherkovski is an internationally known poet, memoirist, and literary chronicler. His most recent publications are Fallendes Licth (Austria) and L'Amore Comunque (Rome).  A new collection of poems, Spent Shadow, is scheduled for release in fall 2014.  Neeli will appear in the Tehuantepec, Mexico literary festival in 2015.

Lalé Shafaghi is a writer rooted in both the ancient culture of the Middle East and the beach culture of Southern California. Studying with great teachers and mentors at SFSU where she earned her BA and MFA in Creative Writing, she has had the pleasure of working with and learning from some of the best writers and performers in the Bay Area over the last sixteen years. Currently writing creatively and professionally every single day, she is grateful for being here.

Matthew Siegel is the author of Blood Work, winner of the Felix Pollack Prize in Poetry to be published in February with University of Wisconsin Press. He is a member of the general education faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music and teaches frequently with Stanford's School of Continuing Studies as well as Stanford's Pre-Collegiate Summer Program. His poems and essays have appeared in a wide variety of journals including Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, and The Rumpus.



Photo Credit: Ms. Faye Chao


Public Programs and New Media Initiatives at The Contemporary Jewish Museum are made possible with lead support from The Jim Joseph Foundation. Major support has been provided by the Leavitt Family and supporting sponsorship comes from The Toole Family Charitable Foundation, David B. Gold Foundation, In Memory of Benjamin Alpert.


Major support for The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibitions and Jewish Peoplehood Programs comes from the Koret Foundation.



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