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's Archive for January, 2012

Between History and Mistery: Imaging “The Synagogue of the Chinese Jews” (1827)

I am delighted to share a guest post by Albert Wu, PhD candidate in the Department of History at UC Berkeley. It resulted from conversations we started at THATCamp Bay Area 2011 (a digital humanities conference we both attended), and continued with a shared exploration of the holdings of The Magnes, both online and on [...]

One Internship, Ten Spice Containers

By Ekaterina Kalashnikova Graduate Student in Cultural Anthropology, Oulu University, Finland As a student of Cultural Anthropology at Oulu University in Finland, I am delighted to have had the opportunity to carry out an Internship at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life this Fall. It was very exciting for me to experience first-hand [...]

“This Night, We All Recline.” The Magnes Collection Passover Survival Guide

The symbology of Passover, the Festival of freedom, liberation, emancipation, or self-determination – depending on how one interprets the Hebrew definition of the celebration, חג החרות, chag ha-cherut – is difficult to escape. Ritual objects and material culture do not shy away from these interpretations, and instead enhance them by pointing to the practical implications [...]

Confluence: A Newsletter of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (Winter 2011)

Open publication – Free publishing – More uc berkeley

Building the New Magnes: Construction Update #1

For almost half a century, the Judah L. Magnes Museum devoted its efforts to welcoming visitors by offering a wide array of exhibitions and public programs on the history and the cultures of the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West in its beloved location situated in the Elmwood residential neighborhood of Berkeley. [...]

One Year Ago: Seymour Fromer (1922-2009)

Today marks the first year since the passing of the Magnes Museum founder, Seymour Fromer.  All of us at the Magnes are reaching out to Seymour’s widow, Rebecca Fromer, his daughter Mira Amiras, and their family. The last twelve months brought many changes to the collection Seymour started in 1962. The projects Seymour was so [...]

Between Past and Future: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life Comes to Bancroft (Bancroftiana, Fall 2010)

Frances Dinkelspiel tells the history of the Judah L. Magnes Museum and the establishment of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at The Bancroft Library in the Fall 2010 edition of Bancroftiana, Newsletter of the Friends of The Bancroft Library.

Taking part in the Magnes transition

Posed on behalf of Valerija Nechay, Kohn Intern at the Magnes in the Summer of 2010. Valerija is currently a student at UC Santa Cruz, majoring in Sociology. My brief time at the Magnes over the past eight weeks allowed me to take a glimpse into the rebirth of the most significant collection of Western [...]

Wandering Jewish Postcards: Galit Hasan-Rokem in the “Jewish Quarterly Review”

The modern cultural genre of the picture postcard, which is well represented in the Magnes collection (which includes over 3,000 postcards, and many greeting cards), is explored in a recent essay by Hebrew University’s Professor of Folklore and Professor of Hebrew Literature, Galit Hasan-Rokem. The article, which opens with quotations from Walter Benjamin and Susan [...]