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The CJM’s Interactive Exhibition on Jewish Life

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This Thursday, San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (the CJM) will be opening their first exhibition for 2014.

It is titled Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life, and it is an interactive installation, where visitors (with the use of Twitter on a smart phone) are allowed to contribute their own Six-Word Memoir to a live stock ticker on view by live feed in the lobby of the CJM. It is co-presented with ReBoot, and it’s installation on Jewish life is based on SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoirs, a project that was inspired by the legendary shortest of short stories by Ernest Hemingway. This exhibition shows the form as a powerful tool to everything from catalyzing conversation to sparking imagination.

As a part of this exhibition, the CJM will be hosting a DJ launch party. Visitors can listen to Six-Word Memoirs with author Piper Kerman (writer of the book Orange is the New Black, which was later adapted into a show on Nexflix), CJM Executive Director Lori Starr, and community leaders Lana and Stephanie Volftsun. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for visitors to add stories of Jewish life during a Six-Word Slam, and watch it appear on a live stock ticker displaying Twitter contributions in real time. Cocktails at the cash bar and sweet treats by Craftsman & Wolves will also be available for purchase. The DJ launch party is a 21 and over event, and purchases of advance tickets are encouraged.

Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life is on view until April 23rd.


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