San Francisco

The Fine Museum

Congregation Emanu-El 2 Lake St. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-2541 x 123 Fax: (415) 751-2511 [email protected]
Director of Facilities and Special Events Svetlana Leykin [email protected]

A venue for a popular series of changing exhibitions on a broad range of themes. Recent shows have focused on Jewish-American identity, the contemporary experience of Jewish holidays and rituals, and the variety of religious practices in Israel.

Over the years the museum has established a reputation for featuring works by internationally renowned Jewish artists such as Marc Chagall, Camille Pissarro, Peter Krasnow, Max Pollak and Jacques Schnier. In addition, it has been a leader in recognizing emerging Jewish talent, presenting the West Coast premieres for artists Ori Sherman, David Moss, and Shalom of Safed.

Congregational history and Jewish art also intersect in many of the exhibits, especially those highlighting the contributions of artists with personal ties to the synagogue. Among the well-known artists affiliated with Emanu-El were illustrator Ernest Peixotto (whose father was president of the congregation from 1896-1905) and painter Joseph Greenbaum (whose uncle, Werner Phillips, was president from 1905– 1906).

Whether displaying groundbreaking traveling exhibitions or items from the permanent collection, the museum maintains its commitment to making Jewish art and history accessible to a diverse audience.