Displaying Identity, Protecting Oneself: (What do we learn from) The shape of Hanukkah lamps

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

Bringing the Light On the occasion of Hanukkah, we are partnering with the Bay Area's six Jewish Community Centers to bring you the light from the 200 Hanukkah lamps in The Magnes Collection. We invite you to join us in discovering the culturally rich stories of these unique lamps collected from Europe, North Africa, the […]

At Home in America? Three Poets on Belonging & Diaspora in an Unsettled Moment

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

Berkeley's Center for Jewish Studies presents a spring poetry panel featuring Dan Alter with Erika Meitner and Daniel Khalatschi, two of the most exciting Jewish poets working in the US, with new books out now and in the spring. Naomi Seidman will moderate a discussion and reading, offering poetry as a lens into how particular sensibilities navigate these issues in a time of uncertainty and possibility.

In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust

UC Berkeley Department of History, 3335 Dwinelle Hall 3335 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley

Berkeley's Center for Jewish Studies presents acclaimed historian Jeffrey Veidlinger's lecture discussing the Pogroms of 1918-1921. Drawing upon long-neglected archival materials, including thousands of newly discovered witness testimonies, trial records, and official orders, Professor Veidlinger shows for the first time how this wave of genocidal violence created the conditions for the Holocaust.

Virtual Program

In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights (1926-1951)

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

Arthur Szyk’s compelling political cartoons placed Nazi genocide, tyranny and racism on the covers of America’s most popular magazines during World War II. Highlighting how Szyk used his art to take immediate, direct action in bringing attention to the Holocaust as it was being perpetrated, In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights (1926-1951) showcases over fifty […]

Virtual Program

In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights (1926-1951)

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

Arthur Szyk’s compelling political cartoons placed Nazi genocide, tyranny and racism on the covers of America’s most popular magazines during World War II. Highlighting how Szyk used his art to take immediate, direct action in bringing attention to the Holocaust as it was being perpetrated, In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights (1926-1951) showcases over fifty […]

Virtual Program

Time Capsules. The Magnes: 10 Years at UC Berkeley

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

In celebrating a decade at UC Berkeley, The Magnes Collection's exhibition Time Capsules revisits ten exhibitions from this time. Each exhibition featured in Time Capsules is unique in exploring the cultures of the Jews in a global perspective, in bringing museum objects "back to life," and in offering ever-changing ways to understand the past in […]

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An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac’s Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72

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

This inaugural installation from the Roman Vishniac Archive shares many of Roman Vishniac’s (1897-1990) most iconic images documenting Eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust. This group of images in An Archive of Archives: Roman Vishniac's Exhibition History | New York, 1971-72 were originally presented in an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York […]