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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 Its remarkably diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West.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: Ira Fink on El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya: Context and Meaning

PopUp Exhibition: Ira Fink on El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya: Context and Meaning


Wed, Apr 05, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Alongside a distinguished career in college and university planning, Ira Fink has assembled a significant research collection of books on synagogue architecture and Jewish ceremonial art. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Dr. Fink’s family collection includes one of the few surviving sets of the eleven lithographs of the famous Had Gadya, the Passover song illustrated in 1919 by the Russian Avant Garde artist, typographer and designer El Lissitzky (1890-1941).

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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Film Screening + Discussion: Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel

Film Screening + Discussion: Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel


Wed, Apr 05, 2017 5:30pm to 9:00pm

The Magnes is delighted to co-sponsor, The Berkley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies'

Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel, An International Conference on Israeli Art and Society

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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Israeli Artists in Performance: Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel

Israeli Artists in Performance: Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel


Thu, Apr 06, 2017 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Magnes is delighted to co-sponsor, The Berkley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies'

Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel, An International Conference on Israeli Art and Society

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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PopUp Exhibition: Barbara Goldstein on Jewish Family Values in 19th-century Anti-Semitic Literature

PopUp Exhibition: Barbara Goldstein on Jewish Family Values in 19th-century Anti-Semitic Literature


Wed, Apr 19, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Barbara Goldstein is a historian of European fascism. She received her PhD from the University of Vienna, Austria with a dissertation devoted to newsreel films created by the Austrian Police between 1929-1938 as part of governmental fascist propaganda campaigns.One of Goldstein’s focuses and special interests is in historic administrative structures and “infamous people” in the early-modern period.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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The 15th Annual City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day Event

The 15th Annual City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day Event


Sun, Apr 23, 2017 11:30am to 1:00pm
The 15th Annual City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day Event

Talk l Music l Reception

Honoring Jacob "Yakov" Harari, who will share the riveting story of his family's survival in Poland, along with a musical performance by The Ensemble Bembrillo, featuring Rachel Valfer, Eliyahu Sills, and Dan Cantrell.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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PopUp Exhibition | Shana Penn: The Politics of Memory: The New Yad Vashem Exhibition at Auschwitz State Museum

PopUp Exhibition | Shana Penn: The Politics of Memory: The New Yad Vashem Exhibition at Auschwitz State Museum


Wed, Apr 26, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Shana Penn is executive director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union's Center for Jewish Studies. Her award-winning book, Solidarity’s Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland (University of Michigan Press, 2005) examined women’s leadership role in defeating Poland’s communist regime. Presently, Penn is completing a book on the revitalization of Jewish culture in Poland after the fall of Communism.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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