Gary Sexton Photography


Zim Zoom Family Room

Open Daily

ADMISSION: Free with Museum admission

The Zim Zoom Family Room is named for a creation moment in Jewish tradition, the mystically understood tzim tzum—or contraction—that allowed space for creation and light. Join us anytime in this cozy family corner filled with interactive art, activities, and periodic pop-up activities and performances.

current installation: BEYOND II

Space is the most immediate way through which we understand and experience the world around us.  I hope this installation transports viewers to an imaginary impossible place and offers a chance to slow down and for a moment, to form a new relationship to space.

–Amy M. Ho


Experience our new interactive art installation, Beyond II, by Amy M. Ho, which plays with our relationship to the physical world. Visitors of all ages are invited to peek inside a limitless field and create miniature objects to add to the infinity box.  


Amy M. Ho discusses Beyond II and invites us to find wonder and mystery in everyday experience, while contemplating our own relationship to the physical world.


Enjoy our intimate screening booth sharing a regularly changing curated collection of films on Jewish life for family audiences.


light wall

Create and explore the symbolism of light on the giant Light Wall, a unique interactive community collaborative activity.


book nook

Curl up for a quiet moment with a good book. Choose from a curated variety of topics, authors and reading levels.


maker table

Spend time at the maker table and experiment with new materials while making connections to exhibitions and each other.


puppet space

Create new stories and share performances in this puppet space.



Family Programs are made possible with major support from Bank of America and Koret Foundation. Supporting sponsorship is provided by Naomi and Jeffrey Caspe. Additional support comes from Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and Blick Art Materials.

Puppet Shows at The Contemporary Jewish Museum are made possible by Lori Starr and Rick Oginz.

Image Credits

Beyond II, 2018. Courtesy of Chandra Cerrito Contemporary. Photos by Gary Sexton Photography, Andria Lo.