The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is a unit of the University of Califonia, Berkeley. It operates with the support of the Magnes Museum Foundation and the Friends of the Magnes.

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Benjamin Brinner

Interim Faculty Director

Benjamin Brinner has been a professor in U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Music since 1989. After five years as chair of that department he was appointed to head the Center for Jewish Studies in 2015. He currently serves as the Helen Diller Family Faculty Director of CJS in addition to his appointment as acting faculty director of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Over the past five years he has devoted most of his time and efforts to working with colleagues to strengthen Jewish and Israel Studies at Berkeley.

Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life has partnered with the Jewish Studies Program at UC Berkeley to provide extensive research opportunities to students and faculty. Our ongoing partnership includes collaboration on research, co-sponsoring programs and events, as well as providing support to students in terms of an annual fellowship and other opportunities.

The Magnes Museum Foundation

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 UC Berkeley.