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Berkeley, CA United States

March 2017

Wedding Doll

March 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

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“Keeping (Jewish) Time”

March 22, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Graduate Theological Union visiting scholar Ron Feldman on the history and evolution of Jewish thinking on time and calendars. Free. 

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“The Art of Political Activism”

March 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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. 

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April 2017

El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya

April 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

American Institute of Architects fellow Ira Fink discusses context and meaning of the Russian avant-garde artist's illustrations for the Passover song.

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Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel

April 5, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
dalal holding an oud

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.

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Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel

April 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
miari holds up an oversized puppet head

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.

Find out more »

Jewish Family Values in 19th-Century Anti-Semitic Literature

April 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Historian Barbara Goldstein discusses depictions of Jewish families in pre-Holocaust anti-Semitic literature. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley.

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City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 23, 2017 @ 11:30 am
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Jacob “Yakov” Harari speaks on his family’s survival in Poland. Ensemble Bembrillo performs. Free.

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The Politics of Memory

April 26, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

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Harvest of Blossoms: Its Discovery and Remembrance

April 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

May 2017

Pop-Up Exhibition: Love in the Ruins

May 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Yiddishist Agnieszka Ilwicka discusses her research on Poland’s Lower Silesia, the largest Jewish settlement left in Europe after World War II. Free.

Find out more »

August 2017

The Power of Attention

August 29, 2017 @ 12:00 am
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Opening of exhibit showcasing shiviti manuscripts, illustrations designed for ritual contemplation of the name of God.

Find out more »

The Invisible Museum

August 29, 2017 @ 12:00 am
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Opening of exhibit of Moroccan Jewish cultural artifacts. Through June 29, 2018.

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Sketching “Fiddler”

August 29, 2017 @ 12:00 am
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

September 2017

Nira Pereg

September 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

Yiddish Song in Early Modern Ashkenaz

September 25, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Singer and Jewish scholar Diana Matut discusses the history of Renaissance and Baroque Yiddish music. Free.

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October 2017

‘Magic Spells’ performance series

October 24, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Opening of Israeli singer Victoria Hanna’s residency featuring weekly performance pieces based on Jewish amulets. Every Tuesday through Dec. 5. Free.

Find out more »

December 2017

The Mizrahi Project

December 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

JIMENA hosts screening of film about Jewish refugees from in the Arab world. Free with RSVP.

Find out more »

January 2018

Jewish Songlines: Charting & Chanting the Moroccan Diaspora

January 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Samuel R. Torjman Thomas combines discussion and live musical performance in a history of Moroccan Jewish music and identity. Free.

Find out more »

New exhibits at the Magnes

January 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

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February 2018

Hasidism: A New History

February 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

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Sacred Mountains

February 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Italian filmmaker Nicola Scaldaferri’s documentary examines pilgrimages to sacred mountains in the three major Abrahamic religions. Free.

Find out more »

The Gallery and the Archive

February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Three contemporary artists discuss their work and their contributions to the Magnes collection. Moderated by curator Francesco Spagnolo. Free.

Find out more »

March 2018

Taubman Lectures

March 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

NYU professor Annette Yoshiko Reed presents lecture entitled “What Was Lost with the Dead Sea Scrolls."

Find out more »

Taubman Lectures

March 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

NYU professor Annette Yoshiko Reed presents lecture entitled “How the Jewishness of Christianity was Forgotten.”

Find out more »

Taubman Lectures

March 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

NYU professor Annette Yoshiko Reed presents lecture entitled “Forgetting and Remembering Second Temple Judaism.”

Find out more »

Magic Spells: A Research Workshop on Hebrew Amulets

March 20, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Magnes curators share their findings on the Jewish amulets in the museum’s collection. Free.

Find out more »

April 2018

City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 8, 2018 @ 11:30 am
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Featuring survivor Hana Moran, clarinetist Mike Perlmutter and storyteller Joel Ben Izzy. Free.

Find out more »

Magic Spells: A Research Workshop on Hebrew Amulets

April 24, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Magnes curators share their findings on the Jewish amulets in the museum’s collection. Free.

Find out more »

August 2018

Magnes fall opening reception

August 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

The Magnes reopens after its summer break with two new exhibits. Speakers include Magnes officials and art historians. Free; RSVP by August 28.

Find out more »

September 2018

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

September 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Stanford historian and professor Steven Zipperstein discusses his book about the 1903 anti-Jewish riot that helped spread international awareness of anti-Semitism. Free.

Find out more »

October 2018

Sholem Aleichem on the South Side of Chicago

October 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

Around Arthur Szyk: Berkeley Scholars on Art and History

October 23, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

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November 2018

Third Reich photography lecture

November 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

UC Berkeley professor Isabel Richter discusses the use of photography to further Nazi ideology. Free.

Find out more »

February 2019

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary

February 13, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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Panel discussion on Bible translation followed by UC Berkeley scholar Robert Alter discussing his new literary translation of the Hebrew Bible. Free; RSVP required.

Find out more »

Memory Objects

February 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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Opening of exhibit of artifacts from European Jewish communities uprooted during World War I. Exhibit through June 28. Free.

Find out more »

Poland talk

February 26, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

March 2019

Judaica talk

March 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

May 2019

Almog Behar

May 19, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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Israeli poet delivers the Magnes’ 2019 Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lecture on the teaching of poetry. Free.

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In Global Transit

May 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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First day of a May 20-22 conference on the forced migration of Jews and other refugees, 1940s to 1960s. Free.

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August 2019

“Chad Gadyo” opening day

August 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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A rare copy of Russian artist El Lissitzky’s 100-year-old illustrated version of the Passover song is on display through May 2020.

Find out more »

Souvenirs from Utopia

August 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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Opening of exhibit of Jewish art from Jerusalem between 1906 and 1932. Through May 2020. Free.

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December 2021

“Arthur Szyk: Art and Human Rights”

December 3, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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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.

Find out more »

“An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac”

December 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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Free

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.

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April 2022

“At Home in America?”

April 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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Free

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.

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“The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust”

April 25 @ 4:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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Free

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.

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September 2022

“Shared History Project: 1,700 Years of Jewish Life in German-Speaking Lands”

September 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
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Free

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.

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The Magnes

+ Google Map
2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

September 2022

“Shared History Project: 1,700 Years of Jewish Life in German-Speaking Lands”

September 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
+ Google Map
Free

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.

Find out more »

April 2022

“The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust”

April 25 @ 4:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
+ Google Map
Free

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.

Find out more »

“At Home in America?”

April 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
+ Google Map
Free

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.

Find out more »

December 2021

“An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac”

December 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
+ Google Map
Free

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.

Find out more »

“Arthur Szyk: Art and Human Rights”

December 3, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
+ Google Map
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.

Find out more »

August 2019

Souvenirs from Utopia

August 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
+ Google Map

Opening of exhibit of Jewish art from Jerusalem between 1906 and 1932. Through May 2020. Free.

Find out more »

“Chad Gadyo” opening day

August 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
+ Google Map

A rare copy of Russian artist El Lissitzky’s 100-year-old illustrated version of the Passover song is on display through May 2020.

Find out more »

May 2019

In Global Transit

May 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
+ Google Map

First day of a May 20-22 conference on the forced migration of Jews and other refugees, 1940s to 1960s. Free.

Find out more »

Almog Behar

May 19, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
+ Google Map

Israeli poet delivers the Magnes’ 2019 Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lecture on the teaching of poetry. Free.

Find out more »

March 2019

Judaica talk

March 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

February 2019

Poland talk

February 26, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

Memory Objects

February 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
+ Google Map

Opening of exhibit of artifacts from European Jewish communities uprooted during World War I. Exhibit through June 28. Free.

Find out more »

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary

February 13, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
+ Google Map

Panel discussion on Bible translation followed by UC Berkeley scholar Robert Alter discussing his new literary translation of the Hebrew Bible. Free; RSVP required.

Find out more »

November 2018

Third Reich photography lecture

November 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

UC Berkeley professor Isabel Richter discusses the use of photography to further Nazi ideology. Free.

Find out more »

October 2018

Around Arthur Szyk: Berkeley Scholars on Art and History

October 23, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

Sholem Aleichem on the South Side of Chicago

October 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

September 2018

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

September 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Stanford historian and professor Steven Zipperstein discusses his book about the 1903 anti-Jewish riot that helped spread international awareness of anti-Semitism. Free.

Find out more »

August 2018

Magnes fall opening reception

August 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

The Magnes reopens after its summer break with two new exhibits. Speakers include Magnes officials and art historians. Free; RSVP by August 28.

Find out more »

April 2018

Magic Spells: A Research Workshop on Hebrew Amulets

April 24, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Magnes curators share their findings on the Jewish amulets in the museum’s collection. Free.

Find out more »

City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 8, 2018 @ 11:30 am
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Featuring survivor Hana Moran, clarinetist Mike Perlmutter and storyteller Joel Ben Izzy. Free.

Find out more »

March 2018

Magic Spells: A Research Workshop on Hebrew Amulets

March 20, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Magnes curators share their findings on the Jewish amulets in the museum’s collection. Free.

Find out more »

Taubman Lectures

March 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

NYU professor Annette Yoshiko Reed presents lecture entitled “Forgetting and Remembering Second Temple Judaism.”

Find out more »

Taubman Lectures

March 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

NYU professor Annette Yoshiko Reed presents lecture entitled “How the Jewishness of Christianity was Forgotten.”

Find out more »

Taubman Lectures

March 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

NYU professor Annette Yoshiko Reed presents lecture entitled “What Was Lost with the Dead Sea Scrolls."

Find out more »

February 2018

The Gallery and the Archive

February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Three contemporary artists discuss their work and their contributions to the Magnes collection. Moderated by curator Francesco Spagnolo. Free.

Find out more »

Sacred Mountains

February 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Italian filmmaker Nicola Scaldaferri’s documentary examines pilgrimages to sacred mountains in the three major Abrahamic religions. Free.

Find out more »

Hasidism: A New History

February 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

January 2018

New exhibits at the Magnes

January 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

Jewish Songlines: Charting & Chanting the Moroccan Diaspora

January 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Samuel R. Torjman Thomas combines discussion and live musical performance in a history of Moroccan Jewish music and identity. Free.

Find out more »

December 2017

The Mizrahi Project

December 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

JIMENA hosts screening of film about Jewish refugees from in the Arab world. Free with RSVP.

Find out more »

October 2017

‘Magic Spells’ performance series

October 24, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Opening of Israeli singer Victoria Hanna’s residency featuring weekly performance pieces based on Jewish amulets. Every Tuesday through Dec. 5. Free.

Find out more »

September 2017

Yiddish Song in Early Modern Ashkenaz

September 25, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Singer and Jewish scholar Diana Matut discusses the history of Renaissance and Baroque Yiddish music. Free.

Find out more »

Nira Pereg

September 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

August 2017

Sketching “Fiddler”

August 29, 2017 @ 12:00 am
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

The Invisible Museum

August 29, 2017 @ 12:00 am
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Opening of exhibit of Moroccan Jewish cultural artifacts. Through June 29, 2018.

Find out more »

The Power of Attention

August 29, 2017 @ 12:00 am
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Opening of exhibit showcasing shiviti manuscripts, illustrations designed for ritual contemplation of the name of God.

Find out more »

May 2017

Pop-Up Exhibition: Love in the Ruins

May 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Yiddishist Agnieszka Ilwicka discusses her research on Poland’s Lower Silesia, the largest Jewish settlement left in Europe after World War II. Free.

Find out more »

April 2017

Harvest of Blossoms: Its Discovery and Remembrance

April 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

The Politics of Memory

April 26, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

Find out more »

City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 23, 2017 @ 11:30 am
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Jacob “Yakov” Harari speaks on his family’s survival in Poland. Ensemble Bembrillo performs. Free.

Find out more »

Jewish Family Values in 19th-Century Anti-Semitic Literature

April 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Historian Barbara Goldstein discusses depictions of Jewish families in pre-Holocaust anti-Semitic literature. At the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Find out more »

Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel

April 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
miari holds up an oversized puppet head

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.

Find out more »

Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel

April 5, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States
dalal holding an oud

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.

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El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya

April 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

American Institute of Architects fellow Ira Fink discusses context and meaning of the Russian avant-garde artist's illustrations for the Passover song.

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March 2017

“The Art of Political Activism”

March 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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. 

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“Keeping (Jewish) Time”

March 22, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

Graduate Theological Union visiting scholar Ron Feldman on the history and evolution of Jewish thinking on time and calendars. Free. 

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Wedding Doll

March 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

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