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Family ArtBash Sunday: Blue Jean Bonanza

Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 | 10am–3pm

ADMISSION: Free admission for two adults when accompanied by a visitor 18 and under, or a transition youth (18–22)

The CJM’s family festival days bring together all ages for art making, music, activities, dancing, and more! Celebrate Levi Strauss: A History of American Style with the down-home Jewgrass sounds of Isaac Zones, hands-on fun in a denim art lab, gallery games and activities, a family heritage project, an exhibition of youth artwork from The CJM Upstanders Design Challenge, and much more!

Schedule of events


Denim Lab

Make your mark in our first ever experimental denim lab: wrap, draw, decorate, or weave with denim to create a piece of 2D or 3D artwork. Inspired by the exhibition Levi Strauss: A History of American Style.

Roots and Connections

Add threads to the collaborative family journeys globes, illuminate your family tree, and create letters to loved ones at the typewriter station.

Mitzvah Project

Learn about the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Food Bank and perform a mitzvah, or good deed, by decorating bags to assist in the collection and distribution of food for Bay Area families.

Meet Camp Tawonga

Meet our friends from Camp Tawonga, and make a friendship bracelet while learning all about life at camp and the local programs they run in the Bay Area.

The Art Pushcart

Play with our roving gallery guide and a collection of games, materials, and hands-on activities.

The 2020 Upstander Design Challenge Showcase

View visual art, poetry, dance, and other forms of creative expression created by Bay Area youth that explore the themes of justice and being an upstander.


Isaac Zones

Get on your feet and move to the Jewgrass sounds of Isaac Zones, featuring Nathanial Markman on violin.

1–1:30pm OR 1:45–2:15pm

L’Dough V’Dough

Sign up for this intimate program where you’ll meet with a holocaust survivor while learning to braid challah together. This program is for families with children eight and up, and a facilitator will be present. Reserve your spot or learn more here.

Camp Tawonga logo: green text reads "Camp Tawonga" with a green drawings of a trees above
Camp Tawonga

For over ninety years, Camp Tawonga has served as a leader in Jewish camping, fostering a deep connection to nature, community, and Judaism in children and families. Camp Tawonga runs programming for children, families, and young adults at their stunning residential campsite next to Yosemite National Park and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"Jewish Family and Children's Services Holocaust Center" in blue text with a blue Star of David on the right side
JFCS Holocaust Center

The Holocaust Center is a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, and Marin and Sonoma counties. JFCS is dedicated to the remembrance, research, documentation and education about the Holocaust. As Northern California’s primary resource for education about the Holocaust and other genocides, their work increases awareness about Jewish history and the causes and consequences of antisemitism, racism, and bigotry. Through a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and patterns of genocide, the JFCS Holocaust Center’s goal is to inspire moral courage and social responsibility in future generations.

"L’Dough V’Dough" in blue text and "Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust" in black text below. A yellow graphic of a wing is in the background.
L’Dough V’Dough: Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Holocaust survivors and community members come together to dialogue about personal narratives over braiding and baking challah bread. Evoking the phrase l’dor v’dor (Hebrew for “from generation to generation”), L’Dough V’Dough programs connect students in middle school, high school, college, or general community members with Holocaust survivors to learn and pass on life stories from one generation to the next.

Isaac Zones pictured with a guitar
Isaac Zones

Isaac Zones is an Oakland based musician specializing in Jewish, spiritual, folk, and family music. He teaches music classes, leads prayer services, officiates lifecycle events, and performs at a wide variety of venues, including weddings and other celebrations. Zones was born and raised in San Francisco and learned to play guitar at Camp Tawonga, where he has worked on staff almost every summer since 2001.


The CJM strives for a welcoming environment for all of our visitors. In addition to ample space for wheelchairs and a friendly environment for service animals, sign language interpretation (ASL) can be scheduled for all programs with at least two weeks notice.

FM assistive listening devices (ALDs) for sound enhancement are available for all talks and tours. Please note that we would like to maintain this as a scent-free environment, and encourage visitors to refrain from using scented products out of respect for visitors with allergies or chemical sensitivities. For additional accommodation requests, please contact The CJM’s Access and Community Engagement Manager at or 415.655.7856.

For more information, email or call 415.655.7881.

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style

This exhibition tells the distinctly American story of Levi Strauss—a Jewish immigrant, businessman, and philanthropist whose lifelong commitment to family and civic life were fundamental to the history of San Francisco. In 1873, at the height of the gold rush, Levi Strauss & Co. obtained a U.S. patent with tailor Jacob Davis on the process of putting metal rivets in men’s denim work pants to increase their durability. It was the birth of the blue jean. Featuring over 200 items from the Levi Strauss & Co. Archive, Levi Strauss: A History of American Style represents the largest public display of the company's archival materials ever assembled. 


Family Programs are made possible by major support from Bank of America. Additional support is provided by Blick Art Materials.