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Israeli film about the romance between a young woman working in a toilet paper factory and her boss’s son. Director Nitzan Gilady will speak. Free.
Graduate Theological Union visiting scholar Ron Feldman on the history and evolution of Jewish thinking on time and calendars. Free.
Talk by Berkeley resident Eric Drooker, an artist whose drawings and posters, often appearing on New Yorker covers, talks about the global street art movement. Free.
American Institute of Architects fellow Ira Fink discusses context and meaning of the Russian avant-garde artist's illustrations for the Passover song.
Israeli art has always been informed by the social and political climates in which it exists – and can help shape those climates as well. A three-day Berkeley conference, "Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel" brings together a diverse range of artists and scholars, including Jerusalem's c.a.t.a.m.o.n. Dance Group, visual and performance artist Nelly Agassi, sociology of music professor Motti Regev and oudist Yair Nalal, to discuss issues through the prism of arts with performances, installations, film screenings, lectures and round tables. $40-$54.
Historian Barbara Goldstein discusses depictions of Jewish families in pre-Holocaust anti-Semitic literature. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley.
Jacob “Yakov” Harari speaks on his family’s survival in Poland. Ensemble Bembrillo performs. Free.
Shana Penn of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture talks about the new Yad Vashem exhibit at Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Free.
Helene and Irene Silverblatt discuss the poetry of their cousin Selma Meerbaum-Isinger, who was 18 when she died in a labor camp in Ukraine. Free with RSVP.
Yiddishist Agnieszka Ilwicka discusses her research on Poland’s Lower Silesia, the largest Jewish settlement left in Europe after World War II. Free.
Opening of exhibit showcasing shiviti manuscripts, illustrations designed for ritual contemplation of the name of God.
Opening of exhibit of Moroccan Jewish cultural artifacts. Through June 29, 2018.
Opening of exhibit of original sketches and storyboard art by Mentor Huebner for Norman Jewison’s 1971 film adaptation of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Through Dec. 15.
Israeli video artist to discuss how religious rituals affect civilian protocols in Israel and territories. With artist’s video “Rites of Preservation.” Presented by Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion.
Singer and Jewish scholar Diana Matut discusses the history of Renaissance and Baroque Yiddish music. Free.
Opening of Israeli singer Victoria Hanna’s residency featuring weekly performance pieces based on Jewish amulets. Every Tuesday through Dec. 5. Free.
JIMENA hosts screening of film about Jewish refugees from in the Arab world. Free with RSVP.
Samuel R. Torjman Thomas combines discussion and live musical performance in a history of Moroccan Jewish music and identity. Free.
Opening reception for “The Invisible Museum,” a collection of Moroccan Jewish artifacts; “High Holy Days at the Luna Park,” with posters by Brooklyn’s Jewish-owned Firschein Press; and “The Karaite Canon,” featuring Karaite manuscripts and ritual objects from Cairo. Yair Harel performs sacred North African Jewish music. Free.
UC David professor David Biale presents a new comprehensive account of Hasidic history, co-authored with seven other scholars. In conjunction with the “Hasidism on the Territory of Ukraine” exhibit. Free.
Italian filmmaker Nicola Scaldaferri’s documentary examines pilgrimages to sacred mountains in the three major Abrahamic religions. Free.
Three contemporary artists discuss their work and their contributions to the Magnes collection. Moderated by curator Francesco Spagnolo. Free.
NYU professor Annette Yoshiko Reed presents lecture entitled “What Was Lost with the Dead Sea Scrolls."
NYU professor Annette Yoshiko Reed presents lecture entitled “How the Jewishness of Christianity was Forgotten.”
NYU professor Annette Yoshiko Reed presents lecture entitled “Forgetting and Remembering Second Temple Judaism.”
Magnes curators share their findings on the Jewish amulets in the museum’s collection. Free.
Featuring survivor Hana Moran, clarinetist Mike Perlmutter and storyteller Joel Ben Izzy. Free.
The Magnes reopens after its summer break with two new exhibits. Speakers include Magnes officials and art historians. Free; RSVP by August 28.
Stanford historian and professor Steven Zipperstein discusses his book about the 1903 anti-Jewish riot that helped spread international awareness of anti-Semitism. Free.
A talk by U. of Illinois professor about the Yiddish author and playwright’s musical “Stempenyu,” written in 1905 and never performed. Singing by Cantor Sharon Bernstein. Free; RSVP online.
Deena Aranoff of the Graduate Theological Union gives a talk on several aspects of the Magnes’ large, multifaceted collection of works by World War II-era Jewish artist Arthur Szyk. Free; RSVP requested.
UC Berkeley professor Isabel Richter discusses the use of photography to further Nazi ideology. Free.
Panel discussion on Bible translation followed by UC Berkeley scholar Robert Alter discussing his new literary translation of the Hebrew Bible. Free; RSVP required.
Opening of exhibit of artifacts from European Jewish communities uprooted during World War I. Exhibit through June 28. Free.
UC Berkeley professor John Connelly discusses Poland between World War I and the Nazi invasion. Part of “Around Arthur Szyk” lecture series. Free, RSVP requested.
Magnes museum curator Shir Gal Kochavi discusses the impact of ritual Jewish objects on Polish artist Arthur Szyk’s work. Part of “Around Arthur Szyk” lecture series. Free.
Israeli poet delivers the Magnes’ 2019 Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lecture on the teaching of poetry. Free.
First day of a May 20-22 conference on the forced migration of Jews and other refugees, 1940s to 1960s. Free.
A rare copy of Russian artist El Lissitzky’s 100-year-old illustrated version of the Passover song is on display through May 2020.
Opening of exhibit of Jewish art from Jerusalem between 1906 and 1932. Through May 2020. Free.
Showcase of more than 50 original works from Arthur Szyk, whose compelling political cartoons addressed Nazi genocide, tyranny and racism on the covers of popular U.S. magazines, and elsewhere, during World War II.
Installation includes many of Vishniac’s iconic images documenting Eastern European Jewish life in the years immediately before the Holocaust. Originally presented 1971-72 at Jewish Museum in N.Y.
Poets Dan Alter, Erika Meitner and Daniel Khalastchi in a panel discussion about “belonging and diaspora in an unsettled moment.” Moderated by Naomi Seidman. Includes poetry readings. Presented by UC Berkeley’s Center for Jewish Studies and others. Registration required.
In the Spring 2022 Pell Lecture, Jeffrey Veidlinger, Judaic studies professor at U. of Michigan, discusses how pogroms in the midst of civilized Europe created conditions for the Holocaust. Presented by UC Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies. Attend via Zoom or at the Magnes. Registration required.
Reception and program showcasing Leo Baeck Institute’s traveling panel exhibit about Jews in central Europe. With UC Berkeley professor John Efron, German Consul General Oliver Schramm and Israeli Consul General Marco Sermoneta. Presented by Cal’s Center for Jewish Studies, the Magnes, and German and Israeli consulates. RSVP required.