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Exhibitions, Programs, and 15,000 Objects from Around the World

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life was established in 2010 following the transfer of the Judah L. Magnes Museum to the University of California, Berkeley. Its remarkably diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West. As one of the world's preeminent Jewish collections in a university setting, it provides highly innovative and accessible resources to both researchers and the general public

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PopUp Exhibition: Alan Elbaum | Between Magic and Medicine: Karaite Manuscripts at The Magnes

PopUp Exhibition: Alan Elbaum | Between Magic and Medicine: Karaite Manuscripts at The Magnes


Wed, Mar 01, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Alan Elbaum is a second-year medical student at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. While at Berkeley, he is working toward a master's degree in the history of medicine, using manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah. More broadly, Elbaum is interested in the literature and culture of the Jews of Arab lands; historical perspectives on medicine and the social determinants of health; and how insights from the past can guide the way medicine is practiced today.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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Drawn from Water: An American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story

Drawn from Water: An American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story


Thu, Mar 02, 2017 6:30pm to 8:00pm

What do we mean by home? In Drawn From Water, Jewish American writer, Dina Elenbogen explores her thirty-year friendship with Ethiopian Jewish immigrants in Israel as theystruggle in a new country while dealing with her own desire to join them there. Thirty years ago, Operation Moses airlifted thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, where today they and their descendants form a community over 100,000 strong.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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PopUp Exhibition: Rachel Deblinger on the Holocaust in the Age of Digital History

PopUp Exhibition: Rachel Deblinger on the Holocaust in the Age of Digital History


Wed, Mar 08, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This week’s PopUp Exhibition falls on March 8th, International Women’s Day. In solidarity with a national protest making March 8th “A Day Without a Woman,” Dr. Rachel Deblinger will turn her presentation into a teach-in about the role of museums and archives as places of resistance, focusing on Holocaust testimony, memory and oral history. 

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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Book Lecture l Patrizia Guarnieri, The Racial Laws in Fascist Italy: Enzo Bonaventura From Florence to Jerusalem

Book Lecture l Patrizia Guarnieri, The Racial Laws in Fascist Italy: Enzo Bonaventura From Florence to Jerusalem


Wed, Mar 08, 2017 6:00pm

Patrizia Guarnieri, Professor of Cultural and Social History in the S.A.G.A.S. Department at the University of Florence, Italy,  will give a talk on her book Italian Psychology and Jewish Emigration under Fascism: From Florence to Jerusalem and New York (Palgrave Macmillan US 2016). 

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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The 2017 Taubman Lectures l David Biale On Jewish Heresy

The 2017 Taubman Lectures l David Biale On Jewish Heresy


Mon, Mar 13, 2017 7:00pm, Wed, Mar 15, 2017 7:00pm, Thu, Mar 16, 2017 5:30pm

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life invite you to the 2017 Taubman Lecture Series by Professor David Biale. 

On Jewish Heresy I A Three Lecture Series

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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PopUp Exhibition: Adam Naftalin-Kelman on the History of Berkeley Hillel

PopUp Exhibition: Adam Naftalin-Kelman on the History of Berkeley Hillel


Wed, Mar 15, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman is the Executive Director of Berkeley Hillel. Upon completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island, he initially worked in the financial sector as a business consultant. He later pursued a Rabbinic degree from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, and was ordained in 2005. Before serving as the Executive Director of Berkeley Hillel, Naftalin-Kelman was the Director of Hillel at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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The 2017 Taubman Lectures l David Biale On Jewish Heresy

The 2017 Taubman Lectures l David Biale On Jewish Heresy


Mon, Mar 13, 2017 7:00pm, Wed, Mar 15, 2017 7:00pm, Thu, Mar 16, 2017 5:30pm

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life invite you to the 2017 Taubman Lecture Series by Professor David Biale. 

On Jewish Heresy I A Three Lecture Series

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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The 2017 Taubman Lectures l David Biale On Jewish Heresy

The 2017 Taubman Lectures l David Biale On Jewish Heresy


Mon, Mar 13, 2017 7:00pm, Wed, Mar 15, 2017 7:00pm, Thu, Mar 16, 2017 5:30pm

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life invite you to the 2017 Taubman Lecture Series by Professor David Biale. 

On Jewish Heresy I A Three Lecture Series

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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PopUp Exhibition: Ron Feldman on Keeping (Jewish) Time

PopUp Exhibition: Ron Feldman on Keeping (Jewish) Time


Wed, Mar 22, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Ron Feldman is a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union, where he earned his PhD in History of Culture and Religion with an emphasis on Judaism. In addition, he earned his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and has been serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the JCC of the East Bay for the past eight years.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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Reclaiming the Self in Jewish American Culture

Reclaiming the Self in Jewish American Culture

Helen Diller Family Visiting Israeli Scholar in Jewish Studies
Thu, Mar 23, 2017 6:30pm

More than any other generation, Post World War II Jewish American authors were continually engaged in challenging their own tradition and defied any attempt to characterize their texts as distinctly “Jewish.” This talk will portray a new style of writing in literature that redefined a new sense of Jewish self in American culture.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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PopUp Exhibition: Eric Drooker on the Art of Political Activism

PopUp Exhibition: Eric Drooker on the Art of Political Activism


Wed, Mar 29, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Eric Drooker's drawings and posters are a familiar sight in the global street art movement, while his paintings appear frequently on covers of The New Yorker. A Berkeley resident for many years, Drooker was born and raised in New York City, where he began to slap his images on the streets as a teenager. Over time, his reputation as a social critic led to countless editorial illustrations for The Nation, the New York Times, the Progressive, the Village Voice, etc. Drooker won the American Book Award for Flood!

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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