Contemporary Jewish Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Rising dramatically and unexpectedly over the promenade on Jessie Street, the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) architecturally and programmatically marries the old and new in Judaism. Inspired by the term and the Hebrew letters for L’Chaim (“To Life”), the architect Daniel Libeskind added bold contemporary elements to an historic landmark, creating a lively center that celebrates Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas.

The CJM is an important place of pride for the Jewish community of the Bay Area and a significant outward-facing symbol of Jewish Peoplehood. Significant to Koret’s goals for the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, the organization strives to make the Jewish experience relevant for a 21st century audience by creating connections between Jewish history and contemporary life, establishing Jewish pride through informal education, and encouraging Jews to have more meaningful conversations through exhibits, lectures, and engaging events.