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.

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.

Lily Greenberg Call, Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2016)

Lily Greenberg Call is a first year student and intended political science major. At Berkeley, she is on the board of the Jewish Student Union and Bears for Israel, and is active in the Greek system and CalDems. She is a published poet and hopes to combine her love for both words and politics with a career in law or reporting.  Lily hails from San Diego, and in her minimal free time, enjoys running and being outdoors.

Clayton Hale, Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2016)

Clayton Hale is a third year transfer at UC Berkeley from Sacramento, California, majoring in history with a concentration on 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.

Sarah Klein, Undergraduate Research Apprentice (2015-2016)

Sarah Klein is an Undergraduate Research Apprentice at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. She is currently obtaining a bachelor of arts in political science, with a specialization in international relations, and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her areas of study include International Disability Rights as well as Arab-Jewish life in the Middle East. On campus, she is the president of External Affairs for the Olive Tree Initiative chapter at Berkeley and the Outreach Chair for the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship Association.

Eli Rosenblatt

Magnes Graduate Fellow (2013-2014)

Eli Rosenblatt is a PhD Candidate in Jewish Studies at UC-Berkeley. His primary interests include the literature of the Jewish Enlightenment, modern Yiddish and Hebrew literature, and broader questions about change in Jewish culture. He is also the founder of the Berkeley Inaugural Conference in Romani Studies, a cross-campus initiative to promote the scholarly study of the Romani (“Gypsy”) culture and history.

Maia Rosengarten

Fromer Undergraduate Scholar 2014

Maia Rosengarten is a fourth year Political Economy major and Computer Science minor at UC Berkeley. After having the adventure of a lifetime during her Summer 2014 Birthright trip, she returned to Israel for four weeks to reconnect with family and learn more about her roots. When she’s not studying, she loves hiking in Marin County, cooking all day with friends, and going to the movies. She is proud to be a part of the thriving Jewish community at Cal. 

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.


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