Fodor's Expert Review Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM)
Noted architect Daniel Libeskind designed the postmodern CJM, whose impossible-to-ignore diagonal blue cube juts out of a painstakingly restored power substation. A physical manifestation of the Hebrew toast l'chaim (to life), the cube may have obscure philosophical origins, but Libeskind created a unique, light-filled space that merits a stroll through the lobby even if the current exhibits (the museum is non-collecting and does not have permanent holdings, so they change regularly) don't entice you into the galleries. Exhibits, usually two or three at a time, vary, from a look at the history of Levi Strauss to an immersive series about the 19th-century Jewish immigrant and photographer Shimmel Zohar. San Francisco's best Jewish deli, Wise Sons, operates a counter in the museum. Try the company's popular smoked salmon bagel sandwich or a slice of chocolate babka.