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students viewing artwork at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art
students viewing artwork at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art
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The Magnes Collection

The material culture of Jewish life throughout history and across the globe.

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New Exhibition

In Twilight: Ori Sherman’s Creation

In Twilight: Ori Sherman’s Creation

The work of Ori Sherman (1934-1988), an artist and illustrator beloved in the San Francisco Bay Area, was often infused with Jewish themes. At the end of his life after being diagnosed with AIDS, Sherman completed a cycle of 18 paintings depicting the seven days of the creation of the world as emerging directly from the Hebrew words in the Book of Genesis. The original pieces are displayed together in this exhibition.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival in the Holocaust

Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm

Co-hosted by Taube Philanthropies, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and UC Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies. Please join us for Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival in the […]

News

Extended Hours on Thursday Evenings

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is thrilled to announce new extended hours on Thursday evenings until 7:00 pm designed to provide greater access to our community, students, and visitors.

Discover the unexpected at The Magnes

Textiles

Torah Ark curtain

Torah Ark Curtains

Textiles created to cover and adorn the Torah Ark.

Texts

Torah Ark curtain

The Karaite Canon

Manuscripts from Cairo, Egypt

Images

Torah Ark curtain

Portraiture

Works by Ukrainian artist, Matvey Vaisberg.

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News about The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Learn about exhibitions, programs, events, and collection highlights.

Extended Hours on Thursday Evenings

Extended Hours on Thursday Evenings

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is thrilled to announce new extended hours on Thursday evenings designed to provide greater access to our community.  The galleries will be open during the University of California, Berkeley’s Spring 2023 semester...

Meet The Magnes Collection’s New Executive Director

Meet The Magnes Collection’s New Executive Director

Beginning December 12th, Hannah Weisman will become the first full-time Executive Director of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, bringing more than 20 years of experience in museum education and administration. Weisman most recently served as the Director...

A message from Faculty Director John Efron

A message from Faculty Director John Efron

Since its founding, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life has reflected a living and ever evolving tradition, broadening our understanding of Jewish history and identity in striking ways. Now is a wonderful time to donate to The Magnes. Longtime supporter...

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