Welcome to the Magnes!

Exhibitions, Programs, and 15,000 Objects from Around the World

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life was established in 2010 following the transfer of the Judah L. Magnes Museum to the University of California, Berkeley. Its remarkably diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West. As one of the world's preeminent Jewish collections in a university setting, it provides highly innovative and accessible resources to both researchers and the general public. The holdings of The Magnes continue to grow. In 2017, The Magnes established the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection, and in 2018 received the gift of the Roman Vishniac Archive


The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life remains closed to the public until further notice in compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines of Alameda County’s and the city of Berkeley. The health and safety of our community is very important to us; our staff are following protocols set by UC Berkeley and Alameda County to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. 

Please continue to visit our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter feeds for constant updates, and our Flickr photostream for interactive digital access to the Collections (and make sure to search our online collection database at magnesalm.org). Our online public programs are presented in conjunction with UC Berkeley’s Division of Arts & HumanitiesView the schedule here

Zooming In: Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art (Fall 2018)

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Fri, May 14, 2021 12:00pm to 12:30pm

In conversation with curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi, Zooming In: Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art reflects on the Fall, 2018 exhibition Pièces de Résistance, exploring how the Jewish revolts against Hellenism and the Roman occupation of Palestine (Judaea Capta) echo from antiquity into the present, highlighting collection items ranging from ancient coins and their replicas to ritual objects for Purim and Hanukkah.

Zooming In: I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew. Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture (Fall 2016)

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Fri, Apr 30, 2021 12:00pm to 12:30pm

In conversation with curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi, Zooming In: I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew. Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture reflects on the Fall, 2016 exhibition I-Tal-Yah, using the occasion of the five-hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the Venice Ghetto (1516), to present a selection of manuscripts, books, ritual objects, textiles, photographs, and postcards collected in the course of five decades highlighting the Italian-Jewish symbiosis.

Zooming In: I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew. Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture (Fall 2016)

When: 
Fri, Apr 30, 2021 12:00pm to 12:30pm

In conversation with curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi, Zooming In: I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew. Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture reflects on the Fall, 2016 exhibition I-Tal-Yah, using the occasion of the five-hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the Venice Ghetto (1516), to present a selection of manuscripts, books, ritual objects, textiles, photographs, and postcards collected in the course of five decades highlighting the Italian-Jewish symbiosis.

Zooming In: Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art (Fall 2018)

When: 
Fri, May 14, 2021 12:00pm to 12:30pm

In conversation with curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi, Zooming In: Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art reflects on the Fall, 2018 exhibition Pièces de Résistance, exploring how the Jewish revolts against Hellenism and the Roman occupation of Palestine (Judaea Capta) echo from antiquity into the present, highlighting collection items ranging from ancient coins and their replicas to ritual objects for Purim and Hanukkah.

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Zooming In: Global India: Kerala, Israel, Berkeley (Fall 2013)

Zooming In: Global India: Kerala, Israel, Berkeley (Fall 2013)


Fri, Apr 02, 2021 12:00pm to 12:30pm

With Global India, curated in collaboration with Barbara Johnson (Ithaca College), The Magnes unveiled its extensive holdings documenting the history of the Jewish community in Kerala, South India, collected in the 1960s and 70s.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA via Zoom

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Zooming In: Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals (Fall 2014)

Zooming In: Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals (Fall 2014)

Curatorial Conversations from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Fri, Apr 16, 2021 12:00pm to 12:30pm

In conversation with curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi, Zooming In: Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals reflects on the Fall, 2014 exhibition Gourmet Ghettos, exploring the broader linkages between food, ritual, identity, and activism that inform Jewish life.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA via Zoom

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Cal Week 2021

Cal Week 2021

UC Berkeley's Open House
Sat, Apr 24, 2021 (All day) to Fri, Apr 30, 2021 (All day)

Welcome to CalWeek!

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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Cal Week 2021

Cal Week 2021

UC Berkeley's Open House
Sat, Apr 24, 2021 (All day) to Fri, Apr 30, 2021 (All day)

Welcome to CalWeek!

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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Zooming In: I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew. Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture (Fall 2016)

Zooming In: I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew. Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture (Fall 2016)

Curatorial Conversations from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Fri, Apr 30, 2021 12:00pm to 12:30pm

In conversation with curators Francesco Spagnolo and Shir Kochavi, Zooming In: I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew. Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture reflects on the Fall, 2016 exhibition I-Tal-Yah, using the occasion of the five-hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the Venice Ghetto (1516), to present a selection of manuscripts, books, ritual objects, textiles, photographs, and postcards collected in the course of five decades highlighting the Italian-Jewish symbiosis.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA via Zoom

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