Rothmann Rothmann 
Talks and Tours


Specializing in tours showing Jewish sights of San Francisco

Temple Emanu El     San Francisco



Jewish Tours

John F. Rothmann is a fourth-generation San Franciscan and whose first class luxury guided tours of San Francisco are an exciting experience for visitors to the "City by the Bay." Rothmann Talks and Tours  offer a unique glimpse of San Francisco. John's unsurpassed knowledge have made his five star tours a must for those who want a one-of-a-kind experience. Throughout your tour, John will provide fascinating commentary on what you see and will answer questions with charm, wit and expertise.

Weddings, milestone events, family vacations, Bar and Bat Mitzvah festivities, business trips, conventions, and groups will be treated to an unforgettable experience from a distinguished historian who is an amazing tour guide.  

The benefits of our private tours are numerous, all inclusive price includes:

  • Your choice of pick-up and drop-off locations in San Francisco
  • Driver separate from tour guide
  • Beverages and snacks are provided complimentary for all tours.
  • Half Day Tours:  9:00 am - 12 noon & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Full Day Tours:  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Prices vary depending on number of participants and length of tour.

Contact Rothmann Talks and Tours  for more information.


Rothmann is a descendent of several pioneer Jewish families.  Moment Magazine described John as "the son of a Bransten, the grandson of a Haas and the nephew of a Lilienthal."  He is featured in the film American Jerusalem, the definitive story of the coming of the Jews to San Francisco.  John will lead you through the waves of Jewish immigration the "Gold Rush" which brought the pioneers to San Francisco of the 1840's and 1850's, to the modern-day gold rush where dot commers have emigrated West to make their fortunes. During this tour you will see and explore the pioneer heritage of yesterday, the growth of the Jewish community of today, the reaction to the Holocaust and the rise of Israel and Zionism, plus visit the sites that are unique to San Francisco and much more.  His tours of Jewish San Francisco provide a rare opportunity to see and understand this unique and special community which has a distinguished past and a vibrant future.

Here is a sample of what you might see and experience on your tour:

  • The Haas-Lilienthal House (Victorian Home of John's pioneer family)
  • Holocaust Memorial located in Lincoln Park
  • Holocaust Center of Northern California
  • Temple Emanu El with its magnificent Moorish architecture
  • Historic businesses made famous by the Jews of San Francisco; including Levi Strauss, Haas Brothers, Wells Fargo, M.J.B. Company
  • Jews in San Francisco politics; including Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Harvey Milk