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Virtual School Tours

Available by reservation; tours available Monday–Friday, 9:30am–5pm

ADMISSION: Free for school groups through the 2020 academic year

While The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) remains temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to offer a number of new programs and resources for distance learning available for teachers, caregivers, and students to access from home.



Levi Strauss: A History of American Style

Reserve a thirty to forty-five-minute live, guided virtual tour of the exhibition Levi Strauss: A History of American Style via Zoom or an online platform of your choice. An educator from The CJM will moderate your tour experience, which includes a digital viewing of the exhibition, as well as additional archival materials, images, and artifacts. Students will learn about Levi Strauss’s journey from Bavaria to California, the establishment of Levi Strauss & Co., the history of gold rush–era San Francisco, 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, and field students' comments and questions.

Tours are currently available Monday–Friday, 9:30am–5pm, and are free of charge for school groups. To reserve a tour, please email with your contact information, school name, student grade level, and two preferred dates/times.

Virtual Program: Holocaust and Resistance

The Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) Holocaust Center and The CJM are working in partnership to offer a virtual version of our Holocaust and Resistance program for remote school groups. Conducted via Zoom or another online platform of your choice, 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. This program is free of charge for Bay Area school groups for the 2020 academic school year. The experience has been divided into a two-part program, with an optional third session for reflection that educators may choose to add. 

  • A live, interactive guided tour of art, architecture, and historical materials related to the Holocaust, drawn from The CJM's architecture and current and past exhibitions.
  • An interactive learning session with a member of the JFCS William J. Lowengerg Speakers Bureau. Survivors will share their stories, accompanied by a multimedia presentation, with integrated Q&A.
  • An optional interactive virtual student workshop following the first two sessions with an expert Holocaust educator from the JFCS Holocaust Center Presiler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education.

To sign up for the Holocaust and Resistance virtual program, please fill out this form with your preferred date(s) and time(s) for virtual programs.

Teacher Resources

The CJM offers an array of free, downloadable resources designed to prepare students and teachers to view exhibitions, and to support your tour experience.


Need help?

Reservations can be made online, or by emailing


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.