Past Staff

Alla Efimova

Chief Curator, Interim Director, The Judah L. Magnes Museum, and Executive Director, The Magnes Collection (2004-2014)

Alla Efimova, PhD, is a curator and art historian with a particular interest in the visual culture of modern Jewry. She holds a PhD in Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester.

Lara Michels

Archivist (2008-2012)

Lara Michels, PhD, an archivist and historian with a special interest in increasing public access to and awareness of archival and library collections, was the Archivist and Librarian at the Judah L. Magnes Museum since 2008. Her work was instrumental in the transfer of the Western Jewish Americana archives to The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010-11.

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