The Magnes Collection

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life was established in 2010 after 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 Its remarkably diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West.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 preeminent Jewish collections in the world, it provides highly innovative and accessible resources to both scholars and visitors.

The Magnes new home in downtown Berkeley accommodates research and teaching, and offers the general public a place to gather for exhibitions, lectures, performances and other events that foster community, learning, and growth.

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This is The Magnes: Bustan Quartet, Israeli world music supergroup, holding an open rehearsal in Francesco Spagnolo’s UC Berkeley Music Department class, “Music in Israel,” taught at The Magnes.

This is The Magnes: Fifty students from UC Berkeley’s class, “Music in Israel” (taught by Francesco Spagnolo), view and discuss the installation, “Dissolving Localities | Berkeley Jerusalem” with Israeli composer Emmanuel Witzthum.

Actor Peter Coyote visited The Magnes in Berkeley on December 6, 2011. He shared his (rather enthusiastic) first impressions with Francesco Spagnolo: “This is the attic of Jewish culture, the attic of the human mind”…

Case from the exhibition, California Crossings: Stories of Migrations, Relocations and New Encounters, which opened this week at The Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley), containing many items from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. (Selected from the Elie and Stella Reich Tennenbaum papers, 1920-1984 by archivist Lara Michels). 

The Magnes is pleased to announce that Elaine Tennant is named new Bancroft Library director