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October 2022

Special Exhibit | Anatomy of Torture: Testimonies from the Berkeley Archive

October 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
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The UC Berkeley archives contain a trove of original manuscripts that detail the persecution of Spanish Jews in the 16th and 17th century. Ron Hassner’s special exhibit, Anatomy of Torture: Testimonies from the Berkeley Archive accompanies the publication of his latest book Anatomy of Torture (Cornell, 2022) by making several of these documents available for public viewing for the first time. The special exhibit, curated by Professor Hassner, will also include original documents and artifacts from The Magnes Collection that relate to the Inquisition.…

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Exhibit Opening and Book Launch | Anatomy of Torture: Testimonies from the Berkeley Archive

October 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
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Don’t miss Professor Ron Hassner’s special exhibit opening and book launch, Anatomy of Torture: Testimonies from the Berkeley Archive, to celebrate the publication of his newest book, “Anatomy of Torture,” (Cornell, 2022) making a trove of original manuscripts from the UC Berkeley archives that detail the persecution of Spanish Jews in the 16th and 17th century available for public viewing for the first time. Materials on display relating to the Inquisition include Bancroft Library materials as well as original documents and artifacts from The Magnes Collection. Anatomy of Torture…

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Elective Affinities: A Cultural History of Friendship among German Jews, 1888-1938

October 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall, Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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Speaker:  Philipp Lenhard, DAAD Associate Professor of History and German, UC Berkeley Moderator:  John Efron, Koret Professor of Jewish History, UC Berkeley Friendship is a key category for understanding what Jewishness meant to many German Jews in the late Kaiserreich and up to the eve of the Holocaust. While Judaism had been transformed into a mere "community of faith" in the course of the 19th century in order to fulfill the externally imposed conditions for emancipation, this denominational concept of Jewishness came…

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In Twilight. Ori Sherman’s Creation Exhibition Reception and Program

October 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
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Save the date for a reception and program in celebration of The Magnes Collection’s newest exhibition, In Twilight. Ori Sherman’s Creation. The work of Ori Sherman, an artist and illustrator beloved in the San Francisco Bay Area, was often infused with Jewish themes. At the end of his life after being diagnosed with AIDS, Sherman completed a cycle of 18 paintings depicting the seven days of the creation of the world as emerging directly from the Hebrew words in the Book…

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November 2022

Yair Qedar, Robert Alter & Fania Oz-Salzbereger: “The Fourth Window” Documentary Film about Amos Oz: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

November 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
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Presented by NEW LEHRHAUS in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Center for Jewish Studies and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Program features: “The Fourth Window” Documentary Film Screening Panel Discussion with Yair Qedar, Robert Alter, and Fania Oz-Salzbereger New Lehrhaus program fee: $12.00  PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. Amos Oz is Israel’s best-known writer and a champion of peace with the Palestinians in a two-state solution, as a prominent member of Peace Now (Shalom Achshav) and a public intellectual. His work – a body…

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January 2023

Beyond the Temple: Jewish Material Identity from the Hasmoneans to Herod

January 25, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall

When did Jews first begin using material goods to communicate a religious identity? Why did such a practice arise, and what were its social and political consequences? In this lecture, Andrea Berlin couples archaeological remains with historical testimony to address these questions. The story begins in the second century BCE, with the rise of the Hasmoneans, a landed family from rural Judea who leveraged military success and political connections to establish themselves as both religious and civic leaders. The Jewish-Mediterranean…

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February 2023

The Social Role of the Deli in American Jewish Life

February 9, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall

Noted historian, author, and collector Ted Merwin presents an interactive, multimedia lecture on the ever-shifting place of the Jewish delicatessen in American life. In New York, San Francisco, and cities in between, the deli was the lifeblood and linchpin of the Jewish community. The "soul food" and convivial atmosphere it dished up became a quintessential part of American culture for Jews and non-Jews alike. Moreover, the deli served as a crucial gathering place--even a kind of "secular synagogue"--for Jews who were rapidly becoming more…

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Shared Appeals to Different Gods: Jews, Christians and Medieval Prayer (Helen Diller Annual Lecture)

February 23, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way
Berkeley,
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Helen Diller Annual Lecture. This talk will focus on private prayers found in Hebrew manuscripts from medieval northern France that both adapt and adopt known Christian prayers. It will trace the ways in which these prayers would have been known by Jews, and discuss the adaptations made by Jews to make these prayers usable. What do such prayers teach us about Jewish embeddedness and difference in medieval Christian culture? Special emphasis will be given to the private nature of the…

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March 2023

The Jew as Other and The Other White Meat: Pigs and Jewish Identity

March 2, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall
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Jews do not eat pig. This (not always true) observation has been made by both Jews and non-Jews for three thousand years. Over time, the pig becomes a popular metaphor for Jewish/non-Jewish identity. In this talk, we explore this historical development. Starting in the Hebrew Bible, where the pig is tabooed but not necessarily singled out more than other food prohibitions, we see the emergence of the pig as a symbol of Jewish identity in the Second Temple period and…

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