The Jewish-American Hall of Fame was established by Mel Wacks at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California in 1969, with the support and encouragement of Seymour Fromer, Director of the Magnes Museum. Limited edition medals are issued annually to commemorate the accomplishments of men and women in various fields, historic sites and events.
The John S. Sills Memorial Lecture was instituted in 1986 in memory of distinguished community leader John S. Sills by his widow, Louise Sills, to enable the Museum to bring leading scholars to the Bay Area public.
Lehrhaus Judaica is a non-denominational Jewish studies adult school offering courses to the general public. Its faculty is made up of local university professors, advanced Ph.D. students, rabbis, and other experienced educators, as well as visiting scholars from major universities in the U.S. and abroad.
"Begun in 1984, the Berkeley museum's volunteer-staffed Docent Outreach Program -- dubbed "the museum that comes to you" -- currently offers 15 different narrated shows, all but one with slides; each lasts between 30 and 45 minutes.
The Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks was created under the sponsorship of the Judah L. Magnes Museum in 1963 for the purpose of preserving Jewish cemeteries from the Gold Rush areas of California.
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) was conceived and founded by Deborah Kaufman in 1980. Her goal was to use cinema to spark a new and open discussion of politics and culture inside the Jewish community and to challenge Hollywood stereotypes of Jews in the public at large. Three institutions—the Judah L.
The Magnes Museum Foundation is a Supporting Organization of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund and the Jewish Community Foundation. Its primary purpose is to perpetuate the legacy of the Judah L. Magnes Museum by supporting the programs and operations of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the Bancroft Library.
The Jewish Community Foundation
Attn: The Magnes Museum Foundation
P.O. Box 370
Berkeley, CA 94701-0370
(510) 839-2900 phone
(510) 318-8344 fax