Exhibition | The House of Love and Prayer

Acknowledgements

BY OREN KROLL-ZELDIN

House of Love and Prayer wedding featured in Life Magazine, September 1969. Photo by Marvin Kussoy, courtesy of Yehudit and Reuven Goldfarb.
House of Love and Prayer wedding featured in Life Magazine, September 1969. Photo by Marvin Kussoy, courtesy of Yehudit and Reuven Goldfarb.

This inaugural exhibition for Mapping Jewish San Francisco is only possible because of the incredible generosity of Aryae Coopersmith and Yehudit and Reuven Goldfarb.

Aryae Coopersmith, the co-founder of the House of Love and Prayer and author of Holy Beggars: A Journey From Haight Street to Jerusalem, enthusiastically supported this project and agreed to multiple interviews. His dedication to telling stories from the House of Love and Prayer breathed life into this project and makes it possible to share the incredible experiment from the House with a new generation.

House of Love and Prayer exhibit 1988 announcement

Most of the archival material found in this exhibition comes from the personal collection of Yehudit and Reuven Goldfarb. Some of the material on display here was originally part of a 1988 exhibition on the House of Love and Prayer at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California, which was curated by Yehudit Goldfarb. They generously agreed to have the material digitized and included in this exhibition.

Numerous other people who were involved with the House of Love and Prayer agreed to be interviewed for this project, for which I am eternally grateful.

Mapping Jewish San Francisco is based on and in partnership with Mapping Jewish LA, a project of the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA. The idea for an exhibition on the House of Love and Prayer emanated from a meeting at UCLA that was immensely helpful in launching this project. In particular, I would like to thank Todd Presner and Caroline Luce for their help and insight in launching Mapping Jewish San Francisco.

Thank you to Jessica Lu, Digital Collections Librarian at USF, and Stephen Hall, Library Assistant for Digital Projects at USF, who digitized all of the archival material found in this exhibition. And thank you Gali Firstenberg for your keen eye for graphic design and help creating some of the art for this exhibition.

Also, many thanks to the staff and advisory board of Mapping Jewish San Francisco, who helped conceive of and edit this project. In particular I would like to thank Aaron J. Hahn Tapper for his continued support and guidance on this project and Jeremy Brown for his wisdom, encouragement, and advice throughout the process.

Lastly, I would like to thank Sarah Imhoff and Ari Y. Kelman for their insightful comments and edits.

If you have material from the House of Love and Prayer to include in this exhibition, or if you would like to participate in expanding this exhibition, please email info@mappingjewishsf.com.