Great Stories | Spring 2016

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Author and journalist Frances Dinkelspiel explores the Jewish connections in the history uncovered by her recent NY Times bestseller book, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California (St. Martin’s Press 2015), including Benjamin Dreyfus’ pioneering of kosher wine production in the Golden State, Isaias Hellman and Daniel Mayer’s controlling […]

Lunch Book Talk with Ingrid Carlberg

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Author and journalist Ingrid Carlberg will talk about her recently published book, Raoul Wallenberg: The Heroic Life and Mysterious Disappearance of the Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust (MacLehose Press 2016). Read the Kirkus review here. Ingrid Carlberg's biography of Raoul Wallenberg was awarded the August Prize for nonfiction and the Swedish Academy's Axel Hirsch Prize. Carlberg's […]

Reading Yehuda Amichai: Robert Alter and Chana Kronfeld in Conversation

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Robert Alter is Professor of the Graduate School and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is the author of twenty-six books and has received numerous awards, including the Robert Kirsch Award of the Los Angeles Times for lifetime contribution to American literature, the Charles Homer Haskins Prize […]

Book Talk | Walter Zev Feldman. Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Join musicologist and klezmer music pioneer, Walter Zev Feldman, for a fascinating talk based on his new book, Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory. Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory (Oxford University Press 2016) is the first comprehensive study of the musical structure and social history of klezmer music, the music of the Jewish musicians' guild of Eastern Europe. Emerging […]

Book Lecture | David Biale on Hasidism: A New History

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Free and open to the public Far from a throwback to the Middle Ages, Hasidism is a product of modernity that forged its identity as a radical alternative to the secular world. So argue the eight distinguished authors, led by David Biale, of Hasidism: A New History, the first comprehensive account of the movement’s place in […]

Irvin Ungar on Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

In 2017, The Magnes acquired from Irvin Ungar, a private collector, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951)  thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies. Szyk’s works are now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as the Taube […]

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History | Steven Zipperstein (Stanford) in conversation with John Efron (UC Berkeley

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

This event is free and open to the public Please RSVP here Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History (Liveright/WW Norton, 2018) by Steven Zipperstein will be available for purchase through Mrs. Dalloway's bookstore after the event. In April, 1903, 49 Jews were killed, 600 were raped or wounded, and more than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores were […]

Sholem Aleichem on the South Side of Chicago: The Story and Songs of the Rediscovered 1905 Musical Stempenyu

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

This event is free and open to the public Please RSVP here In June of 1905, Sholem Aleichem—author of the Tevye Stories—met in Warsaw with theater producers Spivakovsky and Adler, and agreed to pen adaptations of his fiction works for theatrical production on stages throughout the Russian Empire. Only a few months later, caught in the […]

Around Arthur Szyk: Berkeley Scholars on Art and History

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Additional Program Date: Tue, Nov 27, 2018 5:30pm The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection comprises hundreds of artworks, sketches, illustrated books, and archival documents created between two world wars and documenting the rise of totalitarianism in Europe. Szyk’s work touches on motifs drawn from the Bible, history, politics, and culture to pair extraordinary craftsmanship with […]

Around Arthur Szyk: Berkeley Scholars on Art and History

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Poland Reborn: A State Between Democracy and Fascism John Connelly, History, UC Berkeley RSVP here This talk focuses on the divided Poland that emerged after World War I. On the one hand Poland had to accommodate the demands of generations of freedom fighters, while on the other, it quickly became a dysfunctional democracy that lapsed into […]

Around Arthur Szyk: Berkeley Scholars on Art and History

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Visual Judaica: Jewish Icons and Judaica Collections in the early 20th century Shir Gal Kochavi, The Magnes, UC Berkeley Please RSVP here The highly decorative works of Arthur Szyk contain key Jewish visual elements such as the Lion of Judah, the dove, and the seven spices mentioned in the bible as typical of the Land of […]

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Special Exhibit | Anatomy of Torture: Testimonies from the Berkeley Archive

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

The UC Berkeley archives contain a trove of original manuscripts that detail the persecution of Spanish Jews in the 16th and 17th century. Ron Hassner's special exhibit, Anatomy of Torture: Testimonies from the Berkeley Archive accompanies the publication of his latest book Anatomy of Torture (Cornell, 2022) by making several of these documents available for […]