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Groove, learn, examine, discuss, and create at DAWN 2008, an ALL-Night Cultural Arts Festival and Celebration of the Jewish holiday Shavuot at the Grand Opening of San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) and Reboot, a non-profit organization that provides a forum to explore Jewish culture and traditions, co-present DAWN '08, an all-night cultural arts festival celebrating the grand opening of San Francisco's new Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Jewish Holiday Shavuot.
Taking place simultaneously throughout the Museum, Dawn '08 will feature a packed, late-night evening of headlining performances and events including live bands, theatrical and spoken word performances, premiere film screenings, visual arts, dancing, DJs, lectures, comedy, readings and open-space discussion forums --AND the opportunity to explore the Museum's new building and exhibitions before the doors open to the public the following morning.
Dawn '08, which coincides with the Jewish Holiday Shavout, celebrates the opening of a new cultural institution in San Francisco in the spirit of the revelation at Mt. Sinai, which is the foundation for much of modern-day Judaism.
Historically, Shavuot, the day the Torah was given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, is one of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar. Yet in modern times itís also one of the least appreciated. DAWN was conceived as a modern twist on this ancient Jewish holiday: Instead of staying up all night and studying torah, the young adult Jewish community created DAWN to celebrate all night with off-beat religious discussions, multi media art installations, dancing and musical performances.
Conceived in 2004 by Reboot, DAWN was created to offer a modern take on the ancient holiday Shavuot and its traditional all-night rabbinical study sessions. Using a multi-media platform to inspire learning and conversation and an all-night structure to appeal to the young adult generation, Reboot has become a major Shavuot extravaganza appealing to both the Jewish and secular San Francisco young adult community.
Over the past three years, DAWN has attracted a young, hip Bay Area crowd, taking place at San Francisco venues including the Swedish American Hall, the Hush Hush, and Club 6, and has previously been co-produced and co-hosted with Noise Pop Productions, The Hub at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Temple Emanu-El, and the Progressive Jewish Alliance.
DAWN '08 will be Reboot's largest and most elaborate event to date. The partnership of the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Reboot along with the support of the San Francisco Jewish and secular cultural arts community and its numerous partner organizations will offer a one-of-a-kind evening that will bring together the young adult Bay Area community to one of the most anticipated and inclusive citywide events of the year.
Reboot, a non-profit organization founded in 2003, is an innovative network of creative, young Jews dedicated to helping a new generation explore and redefine Jewish identity, community, and meaning. Reboot envisions a world in which Judaism has depth and meaning, one in which young people are inspired to ask questions, to re-examine what they have inherited and figure out how to make it relevant for themselves today. A world where young people think about their Judaism less as a burden that they have inherited and more as a set of values they have confidently chosen. Reboot fosters collaborations that create books, records, films, salons, events and local networks to engage and impact their peers, the larger Jewish community and the world in a similar pursuit.
Reboot is grateful for the generous support of the following foundations: The Alan B. Slifka Foundation, the Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation, the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Foundation, the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation, the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, the Jewish Community Foundation of LA, a Cutting Edge Grant, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, the Joyce and Irving Goldman Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Foundation, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, the Slingshot Fund and the Walter and Elise Haas Fund.
With the opening of its new building on June 8, 2008, the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) will usher in a new chapter in its 20-plus year history of engaging audiences and artists in exploring contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. The new facility, designed by internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, will be a lively center where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather to experience art, share diverse perspectives, and engage in hands-on activities. Inspired by the Hebrew phrase "l'chaim" (to life), the building is a physical embodiment of the Museumís mission to bring together tradition and innovation in an exploration of the relevance of Jewish values and traditions in the 21st century.
Major support for the Contemporary Jewish Museum's educational and artistic programming comes from the Koret and Taube Foundations; Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation's Endowment Fund; Jim Joseph Foundation; Target; The Wallace Foundation; Gruber Family Foundation; The Shenson Foundation in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson; Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Wells Fargo Foundation; and The James Irvine Foundation; and an anonymous donor of the Jewish Community Federationís Endowment Fund. The Museum is supported by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.