Programs

The Magnes educational and public programs include tours, lectures, artist talks and scholarly symposia, as well collaborations with local cultural and performing arts institutions.

Click on "Upcoming Programs" to find information about events taking place at The Magnes in the near future. Be sure to check the calendar!

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Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join us as we celebrate three centuries of Jewish History in the Czech lands this week!
Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies
Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Magnes is extremely pleased to welcome John Efron, Koret Professor of Jewish History at Berkeley, to its series of weekly popup lunchtime exhibits.
Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Magnes Collection warmly welcomes Professor Jonathan Sheehan to its weekly series of PopUp Lunchtime Exhibitions.
Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Each week, UC Berkeley faculty and students, visiting artists and other notable guests present brief lectures focused on selected treasures from the The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art an
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Each week, UC Berkeley faculty and students, visiting artists and other notable guests present brief lectures focused on selected treasures from the The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art an
Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Each week, UC Berkeley faculty and students, visiting artists and other notable guests present brief lectures focused on selected treasures from the The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art an
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Jewish Nightlife is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the nexus between the ritual performance of Jewish texts and social changes across Jewish history, including Hebrew poetr
Presented in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Council of American Jewish Museums
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Inspired by Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals, a new exhibition on d
Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Magnes is incredibly excited to welcome Harriete Estel Berman to its PopUp Lunchtime Series!
Brown Bag Lunch Series @ The Magnes
Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join us for an exciting discussion about the rescue of Jewish cultural property looted by the Nazis across Europe, centering upon the photographs and letters (1945-1946) of Koppel Pinson
Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Magnes is proud to continue its series of pop-up lunchtime exhibitions with a feature presentation by Andrea Sinn, who is the Visiting Professor in the History Department at UC Berkeley.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Sun, 10/12/2014 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Homecoming Weekend is UC Berkeley's largest annual gathering welcoming thousands of alumni, parents, and students to campus for three days of fun.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Sat, 10/11/2014 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Homecoming Weekend is UC Berkeley's largest annual gathering welcoming thousands of alumni, parents, and students to campus for three days of fun.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM
Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Homecoming Weekend is UC Berkeley's largest annual gathering welcoming thousands of alumni, parents, and students to campus for three days of fun.
Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Magnes is excited to welcome the Jerusalem-born musician, artistic director, and community organizer, Yair Harel to its weekly lunchtime PopUp Exhibition Series.
Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Magnes is proud to inaugurate its series of pop-up lunchtime exhibitions with a feature presentation by celebrated author, reporter and longtime Magnes supporter, 
Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and LifeThe Bancroft Library
Brown Bag Lunch Series @ The Magnes
Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
 
Thu, 05/08/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join Magnes staff for a guided tour of current exhibitions. Lunchtime Tours are offered on the first Thursday of each month through May.
Portrait of Wally, 2012, 90 min.
Thu, 05/01/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Portrait of Wally (2012, 90 min, Dir. Andrew Shea)  
Thu, 05/01/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join Magnes staff for a guided tour of current exhibitions. Lunchtime Tours are offered on the first Thursday of each month through May.
Sun, 04/27/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Magnes hosts the 12th City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
In addition to offering Cal Day exhibition tours, The Magnes in downtown Berkeley joins museums nationwide for Slow Art Day
In conjunction with Kronos Quartet's World Premiere at CalPerformances
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
An exploration of the themes of the Kronos Quartet's world premiere,
Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join Magnes staff for a guided tour of current exhibitions. Lunchtime Tours are offered on the first Thursday of each month through May.
Performance by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and students at UC Berkeley Department of Music
Wed, 04/02/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
We are excited to host a very special musical event featuring the 14th and 15th String Quartets of Darius Milhaud (1892-1974), one of many artists and intellectuals who came to the San Franci
Faculty, Students, and Curators reflect on the Intellectual Migration from Fascist Europe to UC Berkeley
Thu, 03/13/2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Join a panel of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and The Magnes Curator Francesco Spagnolo in a public discussion about the spring exhibition, Saved By The Bay: The Intellectual Mi
Two short films related to dance in Israel
Thu, 02/27/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
World-renowned modern dancer Anna Halprin will introduce two short films realted to dance in Israel. Inside Envelopes (2012) 50 min, Dir. Shelly King
Wed, 01/29/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Magnes Director Alla Efimova , The Bancroft Library Director Elaine Tennant and The Friends of The Magnes
Wed, 01/08/2014 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm
(Dir. Josh Aronson, 2012, 85 min)
Thu, 12/05/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
A multi-disciplinary panel discussion
Thu, 11/21/2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The exhibition Global India: Kerala, Israel, Berkeley brought to light the exte
Klezmer Concert and Dance Party
Sat, 10/26/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Annual Bay Area celebration of Yiddish culture for all ages. Enjoy and celebrate Yiddish culture! For all ages, musicians and not, Yiddish speakers and not.
Sun, 10/13/2013 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
The day culminates with a public reading by award-winning author Thaisa Frank. Heidegger’s Glasses is Frank’s startling, surreal debut novel.
Sun, 10/13/2013 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
The Magnes opens its doors to participate in Sunday Streets Berkeley, the annual downtown street festival along 17 blocks of Shattuck Avenue.
Sun, 10/06/2013 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Special exhibition tours with Magnes Director Alla Efimova and Curator Francesco Spagnolo.
(Dirs. Mathias Mangin and Jonas Parienté, 2010, 55 min)
Thu, 10/03/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Apocalypticism and Torah
Tue, 09/17/2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Professor Collins will consider how the traditional understanding of the covenant was modified when it was supplemented by claims of a higher revelation in the apocalyptic literature.
Non-Mosaic Judaism
Thu, 09/12/2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
“Non-Mosaic Judasim” examines whether there were forms of Judean identity for which the Law of Moses was not the definitive criterion, and consider three test cases: the colony of Judeans at Elepha
The Ancestral Law
Wed, 09/11/2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
“The Ancestral Law” will focus on what it meant to be a Ioudaios in the Maccabean crisis, and ask how the Torah came to be the definitive touchstone of Judean identity.
with Visiting Scholar Dr. Barbara Johnson
Wed, 09/11/2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Global India: Kerala, Israel, Berkeley, curated by
(Dir. Marc Shaffer, 2013, 55 min)
Tue, 09/03/2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
East Bay premiere of the epic story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco.
Wed, 08/28/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Designed for students during UC Berkeley Welcome Week, this behind-the-scenes tour will reveal the many unique resources and events that are available for teaching, study, and personal
Moira Roth in conversation with Alla Efimova and special guest John Farmer
Thu, 06/27/2013 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Please join us for the closing of the exhibition Through the Eyes of Rachel Marker | A Literary Install
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
We are honored to present a reading by members of the Holocaust Survivors Memoir Writing Group, sponsored in conjunction with JFCS East Bay.
Fri, 05/17/2013 - 6:30pm
Introduction by Lyn Hejinian  Nikky Finney, Poet
Dr. Shalva Weil, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Fri, 05/03/2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Paradesi synagogue, constructed 1568, is the most famous synagogue in Asia.
Introduction by Francesco Spagnolo
Thu, 05/02/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Swing Girls (Le ragazze dello swing)
Refugees from Fascist Europe at UC Berkeley
Thu, 04/25/2013 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Free and open to the public. Followed by reception.
Barbara C. Johnson, Emerita Professor of Anthropology, Ithaca College
Tue, 04/23/2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
After introducing the Kerala Jews, their history and culture in South India for more thana millennia, and their community life since migrating to Israel, Johnson will offer a fewhighlights from her
Ancient Israel : The Former Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings: A Translation with Commentary
Thu, 04/18/2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Robert Alter’s award-winning translation of the Hebrew Bible continues with the stirring narrative of Israel’s ancient history.
Film Screening followed by Q & A with Director Lisa Gossels
Mon, 04/08/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Spanning a seven-year period, “My So-Called Enemy” follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding 
The Children of Chabbanes (Dir. Lisa Gossels and Dean Wetherell)
Sun, 04/07/2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
"THE CHILDREN OF CHABANNES"
$10 at the door and FREE for UCB students with ID
Sun, 03/24/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Psoy Korolenko (pseudonym of Pavel Lion) is a Russian/Jewish multilingual poet-singer, known as a 'wandering scholar' and 'singing professor'.
In conversation with dr. Leon Wiener Dow
Thu, 03/14/2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Sayed Kashua was born in the Arab town of Tira in central Israel.
Introduction by Mark Slobin
Tue, 03/12/2013 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Presented in association with the 28th Jewish Music Festival, this p
Berkeley Seminars in Modern Jewish Culture
Tue, 03/12/2013 - 5:30pm - 6:45pm
A professor of Music and American Studies at Wesleyan University, Mark Slobin is one of the most distinguished ethnomusicologists working today.
Yahil Zaban, Hebrew University, Diller Post-Doctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley
Thu, 02/28/2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
“The Jewish Mother” has become an icon in film, fiction and popular culture. On one hand, her image reflects the yearning for lost childhood, family and traditional community.
Poet Marina Temkina in conversation with translator Boris Dralyuk
Thu, 02/21/2013 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Marina Temkina is considered one of the most important Russian poets of her generation. Born in St. Petersburg, she emigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1978 and now lives in New York.
Lecture by Prof. Shalom Sabar (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Tue, 02/19/2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, Case Study No.
Public lecture with Daniel Cohen, Avenali Resident Fellow in History
Wed, 02/13/2013 - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
British and American intellectual and religious historian Professor Daniel Cohen is an internationally recognized leader in digital humanities, and the director of the Center for History and New Me
Thu, 02/07/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Fluchkes is an honest, humorous look at growing older and its relationship to creativity and art.
Film Screening in collaboration with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Thu, 01/03/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DRESSING AMERICA: TALES FROM THE GARMENT CENTER Dirs. Stepehen Fischler and Joel Sucher | USA | 2011 | 57min.
Documentary Film Screening in collaboration with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Thu, 12/06/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LIFE? OR THEATRE? Dir. Frans Weisz | Netherlands, Germany, USA, France | 2012 | 85min.
Whatever is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist
Tue, 12/04/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Artist Helene Aylon on her memoir- Whatever is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist (The Feminist Press, 2012).
Ronald Hendel in conversation with Rabbi Stephen Pearce and the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw
Thu, 11/29/2012 - 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Ronald Hendel will introduce his forthcoming book, The Book of Genesis: A Biography (Princeton, November 2012) in conversation with Rabbi Stephen Pearce of Temple Emanu-El, San Franc
Sun, 11/18/2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Reception to honor the publication of the third in the four-volume series, Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years- 1890-1919 (Stanford University Press, November 2012).
Thu, 11/08/2012 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
A Program in Commemoration of Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass
The Annual Taube Conference in Eastern European Jewish Culture and History
Sun, 11/04/2012 - 2:00pm - 6:30pm
This year’s conference is dedicated to Yiddish culture and literature in the former Soviet Union and brings together nationally renowned scholars in the field.
SOLD OUT
Sat, 11/03/2012 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
An Academy Award-winning and Tony-nominated actor and internationally renowned folksinger, who was also active in the Soviet Jewry Freedom Movement will present a one-night-only special perfo
Documentary Film Screening in collaboration with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Thu, 11/01/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tinghir Jerusalem, Echoes from the Mellah Dir. Kamal Hachkar | France, Morocco, Israel | 2011 | 86min.
Jeffrey Shandler in conversation with John Efron, moderated by Francesco Spagnolo
Mon, 10/15/2012 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Modern Jewish Studies Colloquium is inaugurated by a conversation about the formative history and the current state of the field of Jewish Studies, featuring Jeffrey Shandler (
Sun, 10/14/2012 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
This Sunday, downtown Berkeley closes its streets to automobile traffic so people get out and connect with their community.
Sat, 10/13/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival, comes to Berkeley’s Allston Way.
Free Solo Performance by a protagonist of the new Israeli music scene
Tue, 10/09/2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
A collection of Emily Dickinson's poems set to music composed by acclaimed Israeli singer and actress, Efrat Ben Zur, results in songs blessed with a magical touch.
Two days of free performances and exhibition tours at The Magnes (October 6-7)
Sat, 10/06/2012 - 12:00pm - Sun, 10/07/2012 - 4:00pm
Join thousands of alumni, families, and friends on October 5–7, 2012, for Homecoming at Cal — the
Film Screening in collaboration with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Thu, 10/04/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
A Jewish Girl in ShanghaiDir. Wang Genfa | China | 2010 | 85min.
A Pell Lecture with Jonathan Goldstein, University of West Georgia
Thu, 10/04/2012 - 5:30pm
A professor of history at the University of West Georgia, Goldstein is the foremost authority on the history of Jewish com
Sun, 09/23/2012 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Please join us to celebrate the community-wide reception in honor of this year’s winners of the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards.
Sun, 09/23/2012 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley announces
Thu, 09/06/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Every month, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival features a new full-length short film, available to view online for free.
Sat, 08/04/2012 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Book presentation with authour Bengt Jangfeldt
Wed, 04/25/2012 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Bengt Jangfeldt is a Professor of Literature and best-selling writer in Sweden.
Sun, 04/22/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The City of Berkeley’s tenth annual Holocaust Remembrance Day will honor East Bay Survivors. 
Sat, 04/21/2012 - 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Special tours will be given by Director and Curator of The Magnes every hour.
Thu, 04/19/2012 - 7:00pm
The film follows Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who lost 100 members of her family in the Rwandan Genocide of the 1990s, and Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned 20th cent
Film Screening: Strangers No More (Dir. Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, Israel, 2010)
Tue, 04/10/2012 - 6:30am
In the heart of Tel Aviv, there is an exceptional school where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn.
Film Screening: The Matchmaker (Dir. Avi Nesher, Israel, 2010)
Tue, 04/03/2012 - 6:30pm
Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker.
Presented by the Jewish Music Festival
Thu, 03/22/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Reunited members of an internationally acclaimed Arab and Jewish ensemble from Israel draw on Western and Middle Eastern classical traditions, Jazz and improvisation to create a stunningly ori
Thu, 03/15/2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Multimedia artist Emmanuel Witzthum (Jerusalem) and scholar Jeffrey Shandler (Rutgers University), in conversation with Francesco Spagnolo (The Ma
Thu, 02/23/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
How We Got Here: Reflecting on the Past 150 Years
Sun, 02/12/2012 - 10:30am - 5:00pm
This conference offers a panoramic perspective on the history of the Bay Area Jewish community from the Gold Rush to the present and in-depth perspectives through workshops and a dramatic monologue
The Jews of Rhodes and the End of the Sephardi Levant, 1900-1944
Wed, 02/08/2012 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Aron RodrigueCharles Michael Professor in Jewish History and Culture, Stanford University.  
Magnes by The Marsh Performance
Thu, 02/02/2012 - 8:00pm - Sun, 02/05/2012 - 4:00pm
Thur & Fri at 8pmSat at 5pmSun at 3pm
Hosted by the Russian Student Club, UC Berkeley
Thu, 01/26/2012 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
A Day of Celebration of The New Magnes Home in Downtown Berkeley
Sun, 01/22/2012 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is opening the doors of its new facility. See the new home of The Magnes.
A program of The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union
Tue, 11/29/2011 - 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Opening Panel: 5:30-7:00 Naomi Seidman, GTU: "The Last Will and Testament of the Ninety-three Bais Yakov Girls of Krakow"
Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
This year’s winners are:
Mon, 09/19/2011 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, the Institute for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Institute for European Studies, and the Jewish Studies Program a
Sun, 09/18/2011 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
UCLA Festival of Preservation
Thu, 09/15/2011 - 8:00pm - Sun, 09/18/2011 - 2:00pm
To kick off the new program series, Magnes by The Marsh,
Sun, 02/27/2011 - 1:00pm
A sensation when it was released twenty-five years ago, Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah has long since passed from “mere” documentary (though it is praised as one of the greatest ever ma
Sat, 02/26/2011 - 5:00pm
A sensation when it was released twenty-five years ago, Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah has long since passed from “mere” documentary (though it is praised as one of the greatest ever ma
Sun, 02/20/2011 - 5:15pm
A sensation when it was released twenty-five years ago, Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah has long since passed from “mere” documentary (though it is praised as one of the greatest ever ma
Sun, 02/20/2011 - 11:30am
A sensation when it was released twenty-five years ago, Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah has long since passed from “mere” documentary (though it is praised as one of the greatest ever ma
Wed, 10/20/2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Public opening of the exhibition, Zakheim: The Art of Prophetic Justice. 
Mon, 11/02/2009 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Lecture by Francesco Spagnolo, Director of Research and Collections, Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, CA.
Sun, 02/25/1990   - Sun, 03/11/1990  
The  John S. Sills Memorial Lectureship was established in 1985 to hold annual lecture on Judaic art, history or culture.
Sun, 02/15/1987 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Second Annual John S. Sills Memorial Lecture
Judah L. Magnes Museum benefit concert
Sun, 11/04/1973 - 8:30pm - 10:30pm
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