Giving Tuesday at The Magnes

Help build the future by assuring the past.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity that will take place on November 28, 2023 and a perfect time to make a generous donation to The Magnes.

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving does not commemorate a great battle or a landmark court decision. It is a day like any other ‒ the kind of day to celebrate responsibility and generosity as Giving Tuesday.

Nothing reaches more deeply into Jewish and American traditions than the sense of personal responsibility for the world we inhabit. Generosity of spirit melds with the tradition of supporting organizations, institutions, and causes that enrich our lives and the lives of those around us. 

Giving Tuesday at The Magnes
Tzedakah box [alms container] inscribed in honor of Mosheh ha-Kohen, Turkey, 1878-1879. 83.56.2.

The Magnes Collection at the University of California, Berkeley, adds a unique dimension to the work and life of a great university. The richness and sheer size of the museum’s collections encourages reflection on the intersection of past and present. Jewish objects of ritual and daily life from across the globe make up the collection. The wedding finery of a Moroccan Jewish woman and Yiddish texts from Eastern Europe rest side-by-side with material artifacts of Jewish life from southern India and objects that once belonged to Jewish miners who came to California during the gold rush. 

These objects reveal the diversity of Jewish life around the world and testify to the persistent vitality of Jewish values and cultures.

The very familiarity of these objects from the past, many little changed from those we use today, also provide a solid foundation for the future.  While they link us to our enduring heritage, they are also an inspiration, as we adapt that cultural inheritance according to our own needs today.

Join us and support The Magnes this Giving Tuesday.

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