Students & Volunteers

A page devoted to the wonderful individuals, including UC Berkeley students, students at other institutions, and skilled professionals, who continue to invest their time, patience and expertise to further the mission of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Among those listed here are the UC Berkeley undergraduate students who participate in the Undergraduate Apprentice Research Program (URAP) at The Magnes. 


To go directly to a specific entry, begin typing a name (e.g. "Haas," "Jewish Community Center," or "Emanu-El") in the filter box below. To search for a name or term that may not be included in a collection's title, use the search box at the top of this page, or go to the advanced search page.

Adah Forer (History)

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (2017)

Adah was born in Israel and moved to the United States when she was nine years old. She has always had an interest and passion for Jewish life, and is currently a second-year undergraduate student studying History and Jewish Studies. She is the Co-President of Tikvah, the Zionist voice on campus, and is an undergraduate fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. Adah enjoys playing flute and is a member of the UC Berkeley Wind Ensemble. 

Agnes Shin (History)

Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2015-2017)

Agnes is a third year at UC Berkeley majoring in history with a field of concentration in 20th century gender history. She has been a research apprentice with Magnes since fall 2015 and is currently working on the posters project.

Aiko Gonzalez (History)

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (2015-2017)

Aiko Gonzalez hails from the forests of Arnold, California, and is a Senior at UC Berkeley studying Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Aiko hopes to combine her inquisitive nature of politics and society with her fascination of history. She has joined The Magnes in hopes of learning not only research methods but to also start the conversation of how history brought us to the present and connects with the future of society. Upon completion of her final year, Aiko will be teaching elementary school in San Jose, California.

Alan Elbaum, Graduate Research Assistant (2016)

Alan is a first-year medical student at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. While at Berkeley, he is working toward a master's degree in the history of medicine, using manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah. More broadly, he is interested in the literature and culture of the Jews of Arab lands; historical perspectives on medicine and the social determinants of health; and how insights from the past can guide the way medicine is practiced today. His project at the Magnes is based on the collection of Egyptian Karaite and Rabbanite manuscripts that were recently cataloged by Dr.

Alexander Makabeh (Environmental Science and Pre-Med)

Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2013-2014)

Alex Makabeh, UC Berkeley Environmental Science and Pre-Medical major, worked on documenting a collection of over 150 artifacts from Iran. The materials are being inventoried, researched, catalogued, and shared across social media platforms, integrating the Magnes online collection catalog ( with Flickr and Google Maps. 

Alexandra Langer (History)

Undergraduate Research Apprentice (Fall 2018)

Alexandra is a sophomore majoring in History and minoring in French.  Alongside her work in the Magnes, she works at the Essig Museum of Entomology assisting with archival procedures and has worked with other museums during her high school years.  She is very interested historically in the 18th and 19th centuries across Europe and the United States.

Andrea Daniel

Collections Volunteer

Andrea Daniel, who works at the American Cancer Society in Oakland, California, began volunteering with the Judah L. Magnes Museum in 2009, reorganizing the "vertical files" in the library, and altogether assisting the staff in preparation for the move of the collection to the University of California in the summer of 2010.

Camille Thomas (History)

Undergraduate Research Apprentice (Fall 2018)

Camille is a senior undergraduate student of Anthropology at UC Berkeley with a Sociocultural focus. Her interests include the anthropological study of magic and religion, as well as Russian language and culture. At The Magnes she is currently processing the Arthur Szyk archival materials and the postcard inventory and cataloging project. 

Christine Liu (History)

Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2012-2014)

Christine Liu, double major in History and Economics at UC Berkeley, worked on small archival collections, which document a wide variety of topics, ranging from art collecting in Southern California to Jewish history in Germany from the 18th through the 20th centuries. 

Clayton Hale (History)

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (2015-2017)

Clayton Hale is a 4th year transfer at UC Berkeley from Sacramento, California majoring in History with a concentration in American History. Besides reading, Clayton is also interested in exploring the implications, connections, and connotations between History and foreign policy. Clayton joins The Magnes in the hopes of fostering applicable research skills in working with data, and discovering the historical treasures that reside within The Magnes.

Daniel Fisher

Magnes Graduate Fellow (2014-2015)

Daniel Fisher is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. Daniel’s research explores social, historical, and literary questions in the Hebrew Bible and early Jewish biblical interpretation. He is currently writing a dissertation entitled, “Memories of the Ark: Cultural Memory, Material Culture, and the Construction of the Past in Biblical Societies.” The project develops a cultural biography of the Ark of the Covenant, exploring its use and reuse as a site ofmemory before and after its loss.