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Tour and Talk: Resilience, Holocaust, and the Architecture of Life

Available by reservation on select dates


New Dates Now Available: Jan–may, 2019

More dates may be added to the schedule if interest demands; please email for more information.

How do we move forward while vowing never to forget the past? The architecture of the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) embodies this question. Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, a child of Holocaust survivors, The CJM building is a celebration of life and strength deeply embedded with Jewish symbolism and meaning. This 2.5 hour experience combines first-hand testimony from a Holocaust survivor with exploration of the symbolism of The CJM’s architecture through the lens of resilience and a hands-on artistic reflection. 


All K–12 schools free with $25 deposit

Group size is limited to 22 students. We recommend 3 free chaperones per group of 22. We can accommodate multiple groups simultaneously.

University groups are $25 per group of 20.


  • Thursday, Jan 31, 2019
  • Thursday, Feb 7, 2019
  • Thursday, Feb 21, 2019
  • Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tours begin at 9:30am. Please contact to book.


Reservations are required for school tour groups, and must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance of your tour.


Need help?

Reservations can be made online, or by calling 415.655.7857, or by emailing


Prepare for your tour with this Teacher Resource Guide, available online or as a downloadable PDF, which explores the impact of three historic moments on our neighborhood and offers a starting point for teachers and students to examine primary sources as one way of understanding history.


School and Teacher Programs are made possible by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Leadership support comes from Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund. Patron support is provided by The Bavar Family Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation, Norman Berkman, California Arts Council, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Toole Family Charitable Foundation, and Ullendorff Memorial Foundation.