Programs at The Magnes

Ann Hamilton’s Acoustic Tower Project, Geyserville, CA (July 2009)

The Magnes educational and public programs include tours, lectures, artist talks and scholarly symposia, as well collaborations with local cultural and performing arts institutions.

Shared Appeals to Different Gods: Jews, Christians and Medieval Prayer

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

Berkeley's Center for Jewish Studies presents Elisheva Baumgarten's lecture focusing on private prayers found in Hebrew manuscripts from medieval northern France that both adapt and adopt known Christian prayers. It will trace the ways in which these prayers would have been known by Jews, and discuss the adaptations made by Jews to make these prayers usable.

Blood Libel: On the Trail of An Antisemitic Myth

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

Berkeley's Center for Jewish Studies presents Magda Teter's lecture exploring how the medieval anti-Jewish lie about the story of Simon of Trent, a boy whose death during the Easter/Passover season in 1475 led to one of the most notorious persecutions of Jews in Europe and, as cited in 2019 by the shooter of the Poway synagogue, became rooted in Christian imagination to persist into the twenty first century US and lead to his horrific crime in California.

Additional Program Resources

Seder Plate [75.245]: Passover Seder plate engraved in honor of the 70th birthday of Louis Schlesinger (Racibórz, Poland, 1857)

Previous Programs

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Seymour Fromer

Program Recordings

Enjoy The Magnes Collection’s video archive of past programs including lectures, music performances, and curatorial conversations.

URAP Intern

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)

Offering an opportunity to earn academic credit and gain experience in the arts.