The Elizabeth S. and Alvin I. Fine Museum
Visiting the Museum
History of the Fine Museum
Congregation Emanu-El Archives
The Fine Museum serves as 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, the Fine Museum 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 Fine Museum's exhibits, especially those highlighting the contributions of artists with personal ties to the Temple. Among the well-known artists affiliated with Temple 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 travelling exhibitions or items from the permanent collection, the Fine Museum maintains its commitment to making Jewish art and history accessible to a diverse audience.
Ageless Creativity 2014: Art by the Residents of the Jewish Home of San Francisco
The Main Sanctuary Foyer, Martin Meyer Reception Area, and the Chapel Corridor
Image: Let It Go by Layeh Bock Pallant
For over 140 years, the Jewish Home of San Francisco has ensured that our Bay Area Jewish elderly have a place to call home. Among the many services offered is their renowned Creative Arts Program. Established almost forty years ago, this exceptional curriculum enables residents to express their creativity through classes in painting, sculpture, crafts, and ceramics.
Headed by Creative Arts Director Gary Tanner, the Program attracts residents with varying abilities, interests, and skills, encouraging them to work in an open-studio environment. Special adaptive equipment assists participants who have limited hand mobility. The artists gain a great sense of pride and accomplishment by displaying their work within the Jewish Home and at venues throughout the Bay Area. Such prominence and recognition not only allow the residents to share their work with the broader community, but vividly illustrate the transformative powers of creativity. Congregation Emanu-El feels privileged to showcase the vibrant, broad-ranging work of these very talented artists.
Artists represented include: Layeh Bock Pallant; MaryAnn Bowra; Sarah Edwards; Josephine Garnot; Ruth Graham; Francine Hament; Ceasar Henry; Ellen Hinkle; Rudy Hooremans; Gloria Houtenbrink; Bernice Hunold; Leonard Jacobson; Eliazar Khasminsky; Edna Lachar; Marion Levenberg; Ben Lubitz; Dulce Martinez; Lillian Mishel; Solomon Nosovitsky; George Ruimy; Edie Sadewitz; Carmen Sheehan; Claire Shor; Sonia Shpindel; Astrid Stange; Mary Thomson; Phyllis Wolff
The Museum display cases are located in readily accessible public areas of the Temple. On weekdays the galleries are always available to members and usually available to visitors. To make a specific appointment , call (415) 751-2535. On weekends, when Temple offices are closed, the galleries remain open to those attending religious services or participating in religious education classes.
Staff tours of the Temple are offered weekdays depending on staff availability.
For large groups, please call the Temple at (415) 751-2535 for a reservation.