Available by Application
The Contemporary Jewish Museum is a lively and welcoming cultural center that brings together people, art, and ideas to celebrate the Jewish experience. Education, dialogue, and the sharing of multiple perspectives are central to the mission of The Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Led by The CJM’s experienced Associate Director of Education, the Community Docents program facilitates experiences that encourage discussion and perspective-sharing. Community Docent volunteers are an important public face of The Museum and serve as ambassadors to visitors.
Upon successful completion of volunteer training sessions, Community Docents give public tours of The Museum’s architecture. Community Docents may also be asked to train and give public tours of selected exhibitions. On occasion, Community Docents will be stationed throughout The Museum to welcome visitors, answer questions, provide information, and engage visitors in both scheduled and impromptu conversations about topics explored in the exhibitions, artwork, architecture, and programming.
The CJM’s Community Docent Volunteers learn about The Museum’s history, architecture, and exhibitions through training sessions and independent readings. Docent participation in all weekly training sessions plus the ability to make a one-year commitment of at least two tours per month is expected in order to ensure a great experience for our visitors.
The next docent training module begins in March 2018. Trainings will be held on the following Thursday mornings from 9:30am–12pm. Subsequent trainings will be held on Monday mornings.
A great CJM Community Docent Volunteer offers...
Community Docents are volunteers who receive a rich training on every exhibition, learning from curators, artists, historians, professors, and more.
All Community Docents are welcome to attend CJM exhibitions, programs, and most events, and have access to on-site discounts at Wise Sons Deli and on merchandise for sale in The Museum.
To apply, please complete the online application. We will contact all qualified volunteer applicants for interviews.