Students and Volunteers

Maia Rosengarten

Fromer Undergraduate Scholar 2014

Maia Rosengarten is a fourth year Political Economy major and Computer Science minor at UC Berkeley. After having the adventure of a lifetime during her Summer 2014 Birthright trip, she returned to Israel for four weeks to reconnect with family and learn more about her roots. When she’s not studying, she loves hiking in Marin County, cooking all day with friends, and going to the movies. She is proud to be a part of the thriving Jewish community at Cal. 

Jason J. Block

Fromer Undergraduate Scholar 2014

Jason "Jackson" Block is a Business Administration student with Public Policy, Global Poverty & Practice, and Jewish Studies minors at the University of California, Berkeley. He is from Santa Clarita, CA and he has been actively involved in the Jewish community. He has served as president of Berkeley's Jewish Student Union since 2014, volunteers weekly with various non-profit organizations on and off campus, and works as an undergraduate fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies.

Lauren Cooper, Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2014-2015)

Lauren Cooper, a Comparative Literature major and Spanish and History minor at UC Berkeley, created a digital companion to the Magnes Museum’s catalog, The Jewish World, integrating the Magnes collection database with social media platforms. She also contributed to the Spring 2015 exhibition, The Future of Memory. Lauren is now collaborating on the Fall 2015 exhibition, Biblical Lives, which is being planned by Magnes Graduate Fellow, Daniel Fisher.

Petra Stefanova, Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2015)

Petra Stefanova is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley pursuing a degree in Anthropology. She is originally from the Czech Republic where she worked as a librarian prior to coming to United States in 2004. Her research interests include museum studies, historical archaeology, medical and psychiatric anthropology, and art and religion. Besides her academic interests, she likes to spend her free time reading, baking, watching foreign cinema, volunteering and going on outdoor adventures.

Xinyi Chen

Undergraduate Intern (Cornell University)

Xinyi Chen is an undergraduate student at Cornell University (Class of 2017). She plans to major in Near Eastern Studies and minor in Jewish Studies. In the academic year of 2014, she received the Herman and Phoebe Karpel Memorial Prize in recognition of superior performance in learning Modern Hebrew. Xinyi has been writing about current affairs in Israel as well as Jewish history, and working as a core member in a non-profit media organization that aims to the understanding of Israel in China, with a personal concentration in news, peace progress, art and literature.

Liora Alban

Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2012-2014)

Liora Alban has been involved in archival work at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life since 2012. Her time here has taught her the myriad of ways in which Jewish traditions simultaneously borrow from and shape Jewish material culture. She appreciates that The Magnes Collection offers space for her and others to explore their interests in a
art and religious study.

Alex Makabeh

Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2013-2014)

Alex Makabeh, UC Berkeley Environmental Science and Pre-Medical major, worked on documenting a collection of over 150 artifacts from Iran. The materials are being inventoried, researched, catalogued, and shared across social media platforms, integrating the Magnes online collection catalog ( with Flickr and Google Maps. 

Erin Faigin

Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2013-2014)

Erin Fagin, UC Berkeley History major, applied her knowledge of Yiddish to help catalog circa 100 previously uncatalogued Yiddish books and journals printed in California during the first half if the 20th century. The project is carried out with the participation of Magnes Graduate Fellow, Eli Rosenblatt. 


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