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School Tour: Jewish Symbols, Architecture, and Local Heritage

For students in grades K–8, mixed age groups, and families; available by reservation Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays

ADMISSION: Free for Bay Area K–12 school groups through the 2023–2024 academic year

Bring Jewish history and culture to life for your students through an immersive learning experience exploring the Jewish heritage embedded in the walls of The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM). During this tour, students will step inside our landmark building, a former power station, and be transported back in time to explore some of the unique stories of Jewish immigrants who journeyed to San Francisco on the heels of the gold rush. We’ll also dive into the whimsical angles and hidden Hebrew letters that make up The CJM’s building, and how they create intentional spaces for exploring Jewish art, culture, and ideas. Continue the adventure with a hands-on building design challenge where students craft their own Jewish symbology, reflecting on their Jewish/and other identities. Reserve your spot now for an unforgettable journey through time and tradition!  

This tour is geared toward Jewish synagogue, day schools, and youth groups, but is open to all school groups. 

For similar tours geared toward broader school audiences, please see Adventures in Architecture and Building our City.

How to Book

Book your tour using the button below, or visit our School Tours page to see all of our tour options. 

DISCOVER RESOURCES FOR Jewish Symbols, Architecture, and Local Heritage
More Teacher Resources

The CJM offers an array of free, downloadable resources designed to prepare students and teachers to view exhibitions, and to support your tour experience.

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For questions or help making a reservation, call 415.655.7857 or email


Major support for K-12 School and Teacher Programs is generously provided by the California Arts Council; California Bank & Trust; William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Barbara and Ronald Kaufman; The Bernard Osher Foundation; Pacific Gas and Electric Company; The Ullendorff Memorial Foundation; and Yerba Buena Community Benefit Fund.