Who knows what to expect in a museum called The Contemporary Jewish Museum–a museum in San Francisco that opened last June, was converted from a PG&E substation and is built in the shape of gigantic Hebrew letters? CJM is all this and more–and by “more”, we’re talkin’ collages of Jewish community members of the Bay Area (see if you can spot some buddies), a big, white, soundproof room for the current music exhibit and a showcase of the dude that, like, invented “Shrek.”

CJM brags to be a “different kind” of Jewish museum. We figure that by this they mean that they’re not all dark and morbid, because their primary focus is on the celebration of life. It’s a fun place to be–add this to your list of Summer Things To Do Before Cal Kills Your Social Life (don’t worry, we have that same list hanging on our refrigerator door). You’ll have fun checking out the whimsical reading room designed to look like a page out of a children’s book. Be sure to chill on the bean bags of this room only after getting throughly unsettled by the weird modern art on the second floor, though–trust us, you’ll thank us later.

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