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Virtual School Tours

Available by reservation.

ADMISSION: Free for Bay Area K–12 school groups through the 2021 academic year

While The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) is not currently conducting any in-person tours or events to help curb the spread of COVID-19, we are continuing to offer live, educator–led virtual tours for your classroom. These tours are available by reservation and take place on Zoom or an online video platform of your choice. Tours are forty-five minutes long and are available for a variety of programs and exhibitions.

TOUR OPTIONS

FREE FOR BAY AREA SCHOOL GROUPS THROUGH THE 2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style

Join us for a guided virtual tour of the exhibition, featuring archival materials, images, and artifacts. Students will experience the story of Levi Strauss, a nineteenth-century Jewish immigrant in San Francisco, on the path to creating a global phenomenon. Tours explore the diverse history of gold rush–era San Francisco while tracing Strauss’s journey from Bavaria to California, the establishment of Levi Strauss & Co., and the popularization of blue jeans into the twenty-first century. A CJM educator will guide your students through the exhibition virtually, share a presentation, pose questions, conduct virtual activities, and field comments from students.

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Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years

Learn about the storytelling, narrative, and malleability of photography through an immersive virtual gallery experience. Students will explore the nineteenth century through the advent of photography, and uncover the medium’s humor, magic, and multiplicity of meanings. Reflect on how this Victorian-era technology has influenced our understanding of history and reality, and consider the stories photographs can tell.  

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Adventures in Architecture

This guided virtual tour explores The CJM’s iconic building, highlighting its history, symbolism, and unique features. By looking closely at archival materials and the different shapes, textures and layers of The CJM’s architecture, students will explore how a building can tell us stories about its history and surroundings.

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Holocaust and Resistance

The Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) Holocaust Center is working in partnership to offer a virtual version of our Holocaust and Resistance program for remote school groups. The program is designed for students in grades 7–12 who have some previous learning about the Holocaust, and integrates survivor testimony, history, art, and contemporary connections. The experience has been divided into a two-part program, with an optional third session for reflection that educators may choose to add. 

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Teacher Resources

Our online space is open and packed with distance learning resources and programming for teachers and parents to use. Our offerings include free, live virtual tours for K–12 students; short videos related to our exhibitions and curricula; teacher resource guides; and educator learning opportunities. Explore all of our current resources below. We will continue to add new resources throughout the year, so be sure to check back for updates—or stay in the loop on the latest resources and updates by signing up for our mailing list.

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For the latest updates on new programs and resources for educators, sign up for our mailing list below. To request more information or ask questions, please email schools@thecjm.org.

supporters

School and Teacher Programs are made possible by major support from The Hearst Foundations and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Generous support is provided by Alaska Airlines, The Bavar Family Foundation, California Arts Council, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Toole Family Charitable Foundation, Ullendorff Memorial Foundation, and Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.