Groove, learn, examine, discuss, and create at DAWN 2010, a late-night Cultural Arts Festival and Celebration of the Jewish holiday Shavuot at the California Academy of Sciences.

Saturday, May 15, 2010, beginning at 7:30 PM

Reboot, a non-profit organization that provides a forum to explore Jewish culture and traditions, along with Tablet Magazine, a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas and culture, co-presents DAWN 2010, a cultural arts festival that will go late into the night at the California Academy of Sciences to celebrate the Jewish Holiday Shavuot.

Taking place simultaneously throughout the Academy, DAWN 2010 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 Academy’s aquarium and exhibits after hours.

About Shavuot

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 it’s 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 late into the night with off-beat religious discussions, multi media art installations, dancing and musical performances.

About Dawn

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 a late-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 six 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. In 2008, DAWN marked the grand opening of San Francisco’s new Contemporary Jewish Museum.

DAWN 2010 will be Reboot‘s largest and most elaborate event to date. The location of the California Academy of Sciences 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 with an intersection of science and spirituality that will bring together the young adult Bay Area community to one of the most anticipated and inclusive citywide events of the year.

About Reboot


Reboot is a growing network of thought-leaders and tastemakers who work toward a common goal: to “reboot” the culture, rituals, and traditions we’ve inherited and make them vital and resonant in our own lives. Reboot’s fellows  (dubbed “Rebooters”) comprise a  network – now 314 strong – made up  of the country’s leading young creatives,  activists and  entrepreneurs— founders of the websites Flickr.com, Moveon.org,  and  Friendster; creators and senior writers of the television shows such as Weeds, The Office, Gossip Girl, and The United States of Tara;  presidents of  record labels; journalists from national newspapers  like the New York Times, LA  Times, Wall Street Journal and San  Francisco Chronicle; community organizers;  creative Jewish  academics; non-profit leaders; and more. Together with Reboot, they have been responsible for producing some of the most influential and innovative Jewish books, films, music, Web sites and large-scale public events of the 21st century.

About Tablet


Tablet is a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture. Launched in June 2009, it’s a project of the not-for-profit Nextbook Inc. and the sister organization of Nextbook Press, which publishes a line of Jewish-themed books in collaboration with Shocken/Random House.  The 2010 National Magazine Award winner for Best Podcast, Tablet has been called the “new go-to source for Jewish arts and culture news” by the New York Times and has been featured on NPR, Fox, CNN, New York Magazine, and The Tonight Show.  Contributing editors include Jeffrey Goldberg, Deborah Lipstadt, Victor Navasky, Robert Pinsky, Jody Rosen, Gary Shteyngart, Leon Wieseltier, and Mayim Bialik.

The California Academy of Sciences


The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. The Academy facility in Golden Gate Park opened in 2008, with a 400,000 square foot structure that houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof. The new facility is also home to the Academy’s staff of world-class scientists, an education department that provides a wide range of student and teacher services, and an extensive science library with over 26 million specimens and artifacts.

Please Note:  No information about DAWN 2010 is available at the California Academy of Sciences, as they are not producing, nor responsible for the promotion of this event. 


We would like to thank all of our partners who made this project possible: the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of San Francisco, the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation, the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation, the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund, Tablet.