Jews of the Fillmore: Images from an Exhibition of the Judah L. Magnes Museum (2009-2010)
Visitors to San Francisco often note the lack of a Jewish neighborhood, but in earlier days Jews settled in several distinct areas. The largest and liveliest was the Fillmore, which from 1906 to 1945 became a center of Orthodoxy and secular Jewish culture, of Zionism and Jewish learning. Most of the Fillmore’s Jews also mixed freely with Greeks and Mexicans, Irish and Italians, Japanese and African Americans, enjoying the cuisine and entertainment offered by the most diverse neighborhood of a diverse city.

This online gallery is a companion to the exhibition Jews of the Fillmore. You can learn more on the Magnes website.


Image: San Francisco Yiddish actress Bassya Bibel, [wjhc1967-047-001]

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Jews of the Fillmore is an exhibition that draws from the Magnes archives and supporting community resources. Guest curators Fred Rosenbaum, Founding Director Lehrhaus Judaica and Seymour Fromer, Director Emeritus of the Magnes worked with Lara Michels of the Magnes to present this illustrated historical account of the Jewish experience in the Fillmore. The project was inspired by Adam Hirschfelder, Program Officer, Koret Foundation.

Jews of the Fillmore is supported by a lead grant from the Koret Foundation, the Lehrhaus Museum Partnership Fund available through the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropic Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund and Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston, the Shenson Foundation, in memory of Ben & A. Jess Shenson. Additional support has been provided by generous members of the Judah L. Magnes Museum.
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