About Us

Since its founding in 1984, The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts. Ever changing, The CJM is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship.

WHO WE ARE

Mission Statement

The CJM makes the diversity of the Jewish experience relevant for a twenty-first century audience. We accomplish this through innovative exhibitions and programs that educate, challenge, and inspire.

The Museum’s Daniel Libeskind-designed facility enables and inspires its mission. Dynamic and welcoming, it's a place to experience art, music, film, literature, debate, and—most importantly—people.

Core Purpose

To be an engaging forum for diverse audiences where new perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas thrive.

MEET OUR TEAM
See OUR BUILDING

The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s architecture fuses a historic power station, originally built in 1881, to a soaring blue steel geometric superstructure. Its building embodies the past and present, the utilitarian and the abstract, the traditional and the contemporary. Since opening in 2008, it has become an iconic edifice in San Francisco’s cityscape: it fascinates everyday passersby and is a popular point of destination for residents and tourists alike. Yet, from the ground, few realize that the building’s unusual shape is derived from the Hebrew letters, chet and yud, which together spell chai, the Hebrew word for “life.”

EXPLORE

Explore a vast array of resources to enhance your CJM experience—videos, audio recordings, educational and contextual materials, comprehensive information on past exhibitions, and content from 36 Windows, The Museum blog, which publishes scholarly, personal, and creative engagements with art, architecture, history, and Jewish culture.

Programs & Events
The Helen Diller Institute

The Helen Diller Institute is a collaborative work space where distinguished visiting scholars and project teams of CJM staff work together to create dynamic Jewish content and programs for The Museum’s diverse audiences. The Institute is a center of scholarship that engenders dialogue, collaboration, and creativity, the centerpiece of which is a Beit Midrash ("study hall" in Hebrew) for ongoing convenings and trainings that enhance The Museum’s exhibitions and programs in development.

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36 Windows

By publishing scholarly, personal, and creative engagements with art, architecture, history, and Jewish culture, 36 Windows aims to carry on the Jewish traditions of learning, posing questions, and considering multiple perspectives and interpretations. Offering an enhanced view of The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibitions and programs, this digital space intends to be both a trusted resource and a source of surprise.

Image Credits

Photos by Gary Sexton Photography. Video by Laurie Lezin-Schmidt.