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April 2019

Program

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies 2019 Taubman Lectures

When: Tue, Apr 09, 2019 7:00pm, When: Thu, Apr 11, 2019 7:00pm, When: Tue, Apr 16, 2019 5:30pm

Lecture One: Tuesday, April 9, 7pm: Freud, Anna O., and the Linguistic Architecture of the Modern Jewish Self

Lecture Two: Thursday, April 11, 7pm: A Different Diaspora: Translation, Dispersion, and the Rewriting of Psychoanalysis in Jewish Languages

Lecture Three: Tuesday, April 16, 5:30pm: Weinreich's "Freud Laboratory": The Yiddish Translation and Reception of Psychoanalysis (Reception follows.)

Program

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies 2019 Taubman Lectures

When: Tue, Apr 09, 2019 7:00pm, When: Thu, Apr 11, 2019 7:00pm, When: Tue, Apr 16, 2019 5:30pm

Lecture One: Tuesday, April 9, 7pm: Freud, Anna O., and the Linguistic Architecture of the Modern Jewish Self

Lecture Two: Thursday, April 11, 7pm: A Different Diaspora: Translation, Dispersion, and the Rewriting of Psychoanalysis in Jewish Languages

Lecture Three: Tuesday, April 16, 5:30pm: Weinreich's "Freud Laboratory": The Yiddish Translation and Reception of Psychoanalysis (Reception follows.)

Program

The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies 2019 Taubman Lectures

When: Tue, Apr 09, 2019 7:00pm, When: Thu, Apr 11, 2019 7:00pm, When: Tue, Apr 16, 2019 5:30pm

Lecture One: Tuesday, April 9, 7pm: Freud, Anna O., and the Linguistic Architecture of the Modern Jewish Self

Lecture Two: Thursday, April 11, 7pm: A Different Diaspora: Translation, Dispersion, and the Rewriting of Psychoanalysis in Jewish Languages

Lecture Three: Tuesday, April 16, 5:30pm: Weinreich's "Freud Laboratory": The Yiddish Translation and Reception of Psychoanalysis (Reception follows.)

Program

17th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

When: Sun, Apr 28, 2019 11:30am to 1:30pm

The City of Berkeley announces the 17th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Program honoring survivors, and remembering those who were murdered, those who resisted, and those who rescued victims of the Holocaust.

Over 11 million people were targeted for extermination by the Nazis, including 6 million Jews, Roma people, Poles, people with mental and physical disabilities, homosexuals, political dissidents, communists, socialists and dissenting clergy.

Exhibition

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk | The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection

On View: Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018, On View: Jan 29, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection.

Exhibition

Project “Holy Land”: Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

On View: Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018, On View: Jan 29, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019

For nearly two decades, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) traversed the Old City of Jerusalem, documenting renowned historical monuments, ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways, and scores of “new Jews” building a new homeland. Benor-Kalter’s photographs smoothly oscillate between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.

Exhibition

Memory Objects: Judaica Collections and Global Migrations

On View: Feb 26, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019, On View: Aug 27, 2019 to Dec 13, 2019

The First World War (1914-1918) uprooted millions across Europe, and beyond. Many Jews left Eastern and Southern Europe, bringing with them prized personal and communal belongings. In an attempt to rescue precious heritage from imminent destruction, these “memory objects” often ended up with museums, collectors, and art dealers in the West.

Exhibition

Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

On View: Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018, On View: Jan 29, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how the Jewish revolts against Hellenism and the Roman occupation of Palestine (Judaea Capta) echo from antiquity into the present.