What if you could travel back to the Fillmore in the early twentieth century and peek inside Waxman’s Bakery? What if you could watch Yiddish actress Bassya Bibel perform in downtown San Francisco in the 1920’s? Or what if you could follow the lives of such Bay Area Jewish luminaries as Levi Strauss and Adolph Sutro as they transformed San Francisco into a booming metropolis? Imagine one centralized digital platform where you could access all of the current demographic data on the Jewish community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco is launching a new multimedia, digital archive of the Jewish San Francisco Bay Area that will bring its history to life. Mapping Jewish San Francisco seeks to preserve the rich Jewish history and present of the San Francisco Bay Area by making it accessible to the public. The archive will be accessible through Scalar, an innovative digital technology that enables the user to travel numerous pathways to uncover and explore the history of Jewish San Francisco. This project hopes to inspire original research, educational projects, and community initiatives throughout San Francisco and beyond.

Mapping Jewish San Francisco is based on and in partnership with Mapping Jewish LA, a project of the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies.

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