San Francisco, California 94118
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Why We Like This Place
Known for its warmth and inclusivity, the JCCSF is open to everyone and welcomes secular and same-sex weddings. When you walk through their doors, you'll be greeted like a friend or family member, and couples planning a wedding will be pleased to discover that the building is as impressive as the staff. Made of sand-colored brick and tawny Jerusalem limestone, it spans almost an entire city block, fits gracefully into the neighborhood, and offers some unique spaces for a celebration.
The heart of the venue is the light-filled three-story Atrium. An airy mobile, appropriately named Ruach (Bridge of Breath), sails overhead. Its slender steel arches are fitted with panels of dichroic glass that shine different colors depending on how the light strikes them. There are various interpretations of the sculpture, but many like to think it symbolizes the bridge joining the couple and connecting their two families. The floor is paved with more Jerusalem limestone in tones ranging from light almond to amber. If you'd like to be married on site, you can descend the glass-walled staircase from the second floor and have your ceremony in front of the Sheva Middot, an inspirational 30-foot sculpted wall that highlights the seven core values of the JCCSF, as well as life-affirming quotations from other religions and cultures. Or, if you're tying the knot elsewhere, use this space as a prefunction area for cocktails. There is a platform for musicians, and you can set up a bar here as well.
Both of the JCCSF's reception rooms open to the Atrium. Kanbar Hall, the larger of the two, has a dramatically high ceiling, walls of rich paprika-red fabric, tall soundproof windows and a full-sized stage. It's also outfitted with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems (a technician can be arranged, too). The theater seating normally used for performances or lectures is fully retractable and disappears during events. If you have a live band, they can play on the stage with a dance floor set right below.
Smaller receptions are held in the Fisher Family Hall, brightened by white and papyrus-colored walls and light filtering in from the Atrium through one wall of frosted glass. Like Kanbar Hall, it has a complete audiovisual system, and its blond parquet sprung-wood floor is perfect for dancing.
Note that other conference rooms are available on the second floor if you're planning a Ketubah signing, Bedecken or Tisch. Also, there are three separate kitchens, one of which will suit your event: a kosher meat kitchen, a dairy/vegetarian kitchen and a non-kosher kitchen.
The JCCSF has some perks you will love: First and foremost is its own parking garage, a real bonus in this parking-challenged town. Second, the performers' Green Room makes a terrific dressing room—with multiple mirrors and a sitting room (even a mini-fridge), you and your bridesmaids have ample space for prep and touch-ups.
Organized in 1877, the JCCSF is the oldest Jewish center on the West Coast and, while its main mission is to foster a Jewish community, it extends its hospitality to all. So, whatever your background, they invite you to come and build a little community of your own.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 150
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated Indoors: 300
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 360
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated: 460
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Atrium holds up to 150 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Center holds up to 300 seated or 360 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Center can seat 460 guests, theater-style.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.50% of the rental fee along with a refundable security deposit is required to secure your date, and the balance is due 30 days prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $185–4,400 depending on the space, day and time reserved.
Special Events, Parties
Services/AmenitiesCatering: select from list or BYO
Kitchen Facilities: 3 (kosher meat, dairy/vegetarian, non-kosher)
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride's Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: parking garage
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: caterer or renter
Venue ViewsNo View
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
RestrictionsAlcohol: BYO, must use licensed server
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: general and liquor liability required
Other: no pork or shellfish allowed
Alternate Info: JCCSF, Secular and same-sex weddings are welcome. LGBT friendly.