Scholars

These pages are devoted to the senior and junior scholars - including academics, independent scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students - who studied and continue to study the holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life from a variety of disciplinary approaches. 

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Shalom Sabar

Folklorist and Art Historian

Shalom Sabar is Professor of Jewish Art and Folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sabar is the last Jewish baby born and circumcised in the ages old neo-Aramaic speaking Kurdish-Jewish community of Zakho. He earned his PhD in Art History from UCLA (1987), writing on the illustrated marriage contracts of the Jews in Renaissance and Baroque Italy.

William M. Brinner (1924-2011)

Professor of Near Eastern Studies (UC Berkeley)

A native of the San Francisco area, Professor Brinner studied at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught Arabic and Islamic studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies from 1956 until his retirement in 1991, having served as Chair of the Department several times. Professor Brinner also served as a visiting professor at Harvard, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, University of Washington, and at three Israeli universities.

Yosef Rosen

Magnes Graduate Fellow (Fall 2015)

Yosef Rosen is a doctoral candidate in Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley. His dissertation offers a new take on the emergence of Kabbalah in Spain, as told through literary forgeries, epistles, courtroom chronicles, and literary transformations in rabbinic culture. He received an MA in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University and a BA in Philosophy from Yeshiva University.

During his Fellowship at The Magnes, Yosef will work with Curator, Dr. Francesco Spagnolo, researching the collection of Shiviti amulets and planning an upcoming exhibition.

Zach Bleemer, Graduate Research Assistant (2016)

Zach Bleemer is a data scientist and microeconomist studying aesthetics and young person decision-making at UC Berkeley, where he is a doctoral student in Economics. His research, which has been supported by fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Schupf Scholars program, examines popular latent aesthetic categories and beliefs since 1600 across Europe and the United States.

Zoe Lewin

Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2012-2014)

Zoe Lewin, art history and rhetoric major at UC Berkeley, researched a collection of nearly 500 postcards and contributed to developing an inventory of these materials, which includes accession information, descriptions, and transcription of Hebrew texts.  The over 3,000 postcards in this collection document Jewish life, sites, cityscapes, and cultures across the global diaspora.