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Exhibitions, Programs, and 15,000 Objects from Around the World

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life was established in 2010 following the transfer of the Judah L. Magnes Museum to the University of California, Berkeley. Its remarkably diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West. As one of the world's preeminent Jewish collections in a university setting, it provides highly innovative and accessible resources to both researchers and the general public

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Opening Reception | From the Photographer's Archive: Roman Vishniac & The Power of Attention: Magic & Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

Opening Reception | From the Photographer's Archive: Roman Vishniac & The Power of Attention: Magic & Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art


Tue, Feb 07, 2017 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life cordially invites you to an opening reception for its two new exhibitions

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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Film Screening & Performance l "On the Banks of the Tigris"

Film Screening & Performance l "On the Banks of the Tigris"

Spring Israeli Film Series
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 6:00pm

The documentary On the Banks of the Tigris (Australia, 2015, 79 mins) follows an Iraqi-Australian, Majid Shokor, as he rediscovers the classic Iraqi songs from his youth. 

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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PopUp Exhibition: Elizabeth Rynecki on Moshe Rynecki’s Lost Art Legacy

PopUp Exhibition: Elizabeth Rynecki on Moshe Rynecki’s Lost Art Legacy


Wed, Feb 15, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of the late Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943), who perished in the Holocaust. Her memoir, Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter’s Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy, was published in 2016 and immediately reviewed in the New York Times. For many years after his death, Moshe Rynecki’s family believed that most of his oeuvre—circa eight hundred paintings and sculptures depicting the lives of the Polish-Jewish community—had been lost.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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PopUp Exhibition: Jeremiah Lockwood on the Lost and Found Art of Cantorial Music

PopUp Exhibition: Jeremiah Lockwood on the Lost and Found Art of Cantorial Music


Wed, Feb 22, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Jeremiah Lockwood’s music career began with over a decade of apprenticeship to the legendary Piedmont Blues musician Carolina Slim, playing in the subways of New York City. He also trained under his grandfather Cantor Jacob Konigsberg and performed in his choir. Jeremiah’s band, The Sway Machinery, seeks inspiration from diverse realms of experience related to the cultural geography of New York City, and has played around the world, including Montreal Jazz, Roskilde, and Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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Film screening: “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem” and conversation/performance with musicians David Broza and Ali Paris

Film screening: “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem” and conversation/performance with musicians David Broza and Ali Paris


Mon, Feb 27, 2017 6:00pm to 8:30pm

5th Film Screening of the Israeli Film Series (Spring 2017): "East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem" Conversation and performance with musicians David Broza and Ali Paris. Moderated by Ramzi Salti, Stanford Lecturer in Arabic.

Location: 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

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