CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM rises under direction of world renowned architect Daniel Libeskind

Blue stainless steel cross-hatching diffuses light reflection as Architect Daniel Libeskind’s vision for a new Contemporary Jewish Museum takes shape meant to “bring together tradition and innovation in order to explore the relevance of Jewish values and traditions in the 21st century and beyond.”
Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Architect Daniel Libeskind offered a glimpse Monday of the new Contemporary Jewish Museum set to open next Spring.

Custom made blue steel panels built with cross-hatching surface finish softening light reflection highlighted media tour.

Connie Wolfe, Director and CEO of The Contemporary Jewish Museum, (left) Joseph R. Seiger, Board of Trustees and Building Committee Chairman, (second from left) Daniel Libeskind architect of the Contemporary Jewish Museum tour inside the CJM

View from the first floor looking up through the skeleton of the building

Libeskind’s design revives the Jessie Street Power Substation by preserving its character defining features and transforming it into a striking contemporary space that makes visible the relationship between the new and the old.

The building is a physical embodiment of the CJM’s mission to bring together tradition and innovation in order to explore the relevance of Jewish values and traditions in the 21st century and beyond, Libeskind noted.

Architect Daniel Libeskind

The museum “will be a lively center that welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds to experience dynamic and diverse cultural programs and educational activities. Inspired by the Hebrew phrase l’chaim, meaning ‘to life,’ pledged Libeskind.

Connie Wolfe, CEO of the CJM and architiect Daniel Libeskind hold a artist rendering of the completed plaza entrance to the CJM

Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past two years.

In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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