Jewish museum looking for decent docents — terrific ones, too

The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco is looking for seniors and recent retirees to volunteer in its community docent program.

The museum, which opened in June, is looking for docents who have a love of art, museums, architecture or Jewish culture — or all of the above. To prepare to lead tours and have informal conversations with the public, docents participate in 30 or so hours of training in museum education methods, museum architecture and exhibitions, and special workshops.

A museum official said docents reflect the museum’s mission of conveying multiple perspectives, and that the docents are an intergenerational group. Docents are often seniors or retirees, but they are also young adults involved in volunteer work through corporate programs and graduate students in the arts.

The museum will begin training a new class of community docents in several months.

Additionally, the museum is looking for volunteers to assist with special events, educational programs, front-of-house operations or administrative tasks in the museum offices.

The museum is located at 736 Mission St., S.F. For more information about being a docent or volunteer, e-mail [email protected] or visit and click on “About” and then “Volunteer.”