Jews of the Fillmore is an exhibition at The Jazz Heritage Center’s Koret Heritage Lobby completed by a twenty-minute walking tour through the Fillmore district of San Francisco, California, and by a host of online resources.
After the 1906 earthquake, the Fillmore district, one of the most diverse and vibrant areas in San Francisco, became home to a thriving Jewish community. Eastern-European, often Yiddish-speaking immigrants took root alongside the many other ethnic and religious groups that lived in the Fillmore district. Fillmore and McAllister streets were lined with Jewish-owned restaurants, bakeries, shops, and kosher markets. Three synagogues, a Yiddish Cultural Center, and a Jewish school, helped transform the Fillmore into a hub for orthodox and secular Jewish cultures, Zionist activism and traditional Jewish learning. Learn more about this neighborhood and its residents at the exhibition, walking tour, and online galleries.
Jews of the Fillmore was created in 2009 by the Judah L. Magnes Museum and curated by Fred Rosenbaum, founding director of Lehrhaus Judaica, together with Seymour Fromer z’’l, director emeritus of the Judah L. Magnes Museum. A dedicated website describes it in detail.
The exhibition, originally displayed at the Jazz Heritage Center in the fall of 2009, was made possible by the Koret Foundation; the Laszlo N.Tauber Family Foundation; the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropic Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund; Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston and The Shenson Foundation.