About Mapping Jewish SF
Mapping Jewish San Francisco is a new digital humanities project of the University of San Francisco's Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice.
The project takes a collaborative approach to examining the complex history and unique religious, cultural, and political identity of Jewish San Francisco. Top scholars and experts—including university faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and community leaders—contribute exhibitions to tell stories of the individuals and institutions that comprise the Jewish San Francisco Bay Area. Along with our partners, including other academic institutions, libraries, archives, and leading Jewish institutions, Mapping Jewish San Francisco aims to bring the past to life and make it possible to visually travel back in time to explore the rich Jewish history of the Bay Area. Mapping Jewish San Francisco is based on and in partnership with Mapping Jewish LA at UCLA.
“The House of Love and Prayer: A Radical Jewish Experiment in San Francisco” by Oren Kroll-Zeldin
“Out of Egypt: The Karaite Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area” by Aaron J. Hahn Tapper
"Honoring Our Elders: Queer Jewish Lives in the Bay Area" by Rabbi Camille Shira Angel - CHECK BACK SOON!
For decades, the Bay Area has been home to thousands of LGBTQIA+ Jews, many of whom have been engaged in social justice efforts that have impacted Jewish and non-Jewish communities in the region. Such queer Jews were instrumental in shaping elements of Jewish life in the Bay Area and creating new and meaningful Jewish community spaces. This exhibition uses LGBTQIA+ Jewish Elders' Legacy Videos to transmit the histories of some of these extraordinary individuals, people who have been able to rebuild their lives and find success in the Bay Area. The videos at the center of this exhibition were created by USF undergraduate students in the university's community engaged learning course “Honoring Our LGBTQIA+ Religious Elders," taught by Rabbi Angel.