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Contemporary Jewish Museum

Did you know that the Contemporary Jewish Museum makes its home in a historic SOMA building that once served as a PG&E substation? The beautifully spacious museum is chock-full of atmosphere, the perfect setting in which to take in the many history lessons it has to spill. The CJM has no permanent exhibitions, rather, it offers an ever-changing menu of both traveling and in-house exhibits which seeks to "make the diversity of the Jewish experience relevant for a 21st Century audience." You can experience artist talks, film, live performance, workshops, as well as special programs for families and teens. All spectrums of Jewish life: Orthodox, Reform and LGBT, get equal representation in an informal and welcoming environment that celebrates the past, present and future. The CJM often reaches out to other communities, helping to promote peaceful coexistence between different cultures — and that reflects the San Francisco we know and love.

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