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!

Programs

Melting Pots Compared? Italian Jewry and Contemporary Israel | Sergio Della Pergola (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

When: 
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Contemporary Israel's model of large-scale heterogeneous Jewish migration followed by complex processes of absorption and integration is not unique in Jewish history. To some extent the long-term experience of Jewish communities in Italy anticipated it and provided some yardsticks for comparisons. Of course the quantitative scale of migrations and population size was different, and while Jews in Italy were a tiny minority of total society, Jews in Israel formed a significant majority of the total population.

PopUp Exhibition: Elizabeth Rynecki on Moshe Rynecki’s Lost Art Legacy

When: 
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of the late Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943), who perished in the Holocaust. Her memoir, Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter’s Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy, was published in 2016 and immediately reviewed in the New York Times. For many years after his death, Moshe Rynecki’s family believed that most of his oeuvre—circa eight hundred paintings and sculptures depicting the lives of the Polish-Jewish community—had been lost.

PopUp Exhibition: Jeremiah Lockwood on the Lost and Found Art of Cantorial Music

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

Jeremiah Lockwood’s music career began with over a decade of apprenticeship to the legendary Piedmont Blues musician Carolina Slim, playing in the subways of New York City. He also trained under his grandfather Cantor Jacob Konigsberg and performed in his choir. Jeremiah’s band, The Sway Machinery, seeks inspiration from diverse realms of experience related to the cultural geography of New York City, and has played around the world, including Montreal Jazz, Roskilde, and Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali.

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

When: 
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.

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

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

Rachel Deblinger is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Commons at the UC Santa Cruz University Library. Dr. Deblinger received a PhD in History from UCLA, with a dissertation titled ‘In a world still trembling’: American Jewish philanthropy and the shaping of Holocaust survivor narratives in postwar America (1945-1953).

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

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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.

PopUp Exhibition: Ron Feldman on Keeping (Jewish) Time

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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.

PopUp Exhibition: Eric Drooker on the Art of Political Activism

When: 
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.

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

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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).

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

When: 
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.

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

When: 
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.