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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
students viewing artwork at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art
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The Division of the Arts & Humanities at UC Berkeley appoints The Magnes' first Executive Director

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What's On at The Magnes

Exhibitions and Public Programs that foster community, learning, and deeper understanding.

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

Power of Attention Exhibition

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Explore the archives, library, exhibitions, and holdings on site and online.

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

Life’s Greatest Questions: A Journey into Jewish Mystical Thought through Film and Story with Mira Z Amiras

Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

Presented by the Bay Area Book Festival, The Magnes Collection is pleased to host this event to honor the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Magnes co-founder Seymour Fromer. Fromer was Amiras’s father and a major influence on her book and film. Celebrate his legacy at this memorable screening and conversation that honors the tradition of Jewish mystical inquiry.

News

Magnes Mezuzah Installed at the Vice President’s Residence

A sterling silver mezuzah from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life now hangs at the official Washington, DC residence of Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff.

Discover the unexpected at The Magnes

Textiles

Torah Ark curtain

Torah Ark Curtains

Textiles created to cover and adorn the Torah Ark.

Texts

Karaite Canon manuscript

The Karaite Canon

Manuscripts from Cairo, Egypt

Images

Painting [2014.2.1]: Portrait of David Hofstein, by M. Vaisberg (Ukraine, 1988)

Portraiture

Works by Ukrainian artist, Matvey Vaisberg.

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Magnes Mezuzah Installed at the Vice President’s Residence

Magnes Mezuzah Installed at the Vice President’s Residence

Above photo: Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff installed the mezuzah in the official Washington, D.C. residence. Photo courtesy of The White House A sterling silver mezuzah from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life now hangs at the official Washington,...

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