“You’ve discovered the only Jewish thing in America you didn’t know about,” my husband, Mr. B, congratulated me after we’d stumbled upon the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco last week as part of our vacation. (chow chow not included with the museum, sadly.)
If you haven’t been, it’sÂ it’s interesting to see the exhibits of modern reinterpretations of Judaism.Â They focus a lot on “remaking traditions” , some of which are really hipster-y and tacky, and some of which make you think.Â One of the museum’s current projects is writing a Torah with the help of one of the only soferets(iot?) in the U.S., Julie Seltzer, to which you can contribute letters by digitally creating a handprint.
Another interesting current exhibit is Reinventing Jewish Ritual where holiday and everyday objects are reinvented by artists, like an exhibit of havdala spices in test tube beakers or the rolling up of Torah fragments in pill capsules, giving a new meaning to internalizing verses.
Anyway, if you’re feeling free-wheeling and fancy-free are in San Fran, you should check it out.Â Â Has anyone else been?