For almost fifty years, the Judah L. Magnes Museum operated as an independent non-profit organization, under the leadership of a Board of Directors. These pages constitute a way to recreate the history of the leadership of the museum, from its inception until the creation of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2010. 

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Frances Dinkelspiel

President of the Judah L. Magnes Museum; Member of the Council of the Friends of the Bancroft Library

Frances Dinkelspiel is the author of Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published by St. Martins Press in November 2008.

Irving Rabin (1930-2012)

President of the Judah L. Magnes Museum

Irving Rabin was born in San Francisco May 11, 1930 and passed away at his Tiburon home August 15, 2012. He was the founder and CEO of Rabin Worldwide, an international industrial auction company. With his partners, he owned Butterfield & Butterfield, which was acquired by eBay in 1999. Irving was co-founder and first president of Young Adult Division (YAD) of Jewish Federation, which has been responsible for thousands of Jewish marriages, and founder and first president of Jewish Vocational Services. He helped to acquire the land for Menorah Park, and was its first president.