FALL 2013

Exhibitions & Public Programs
Fall Exhibitions
ON VIEW: SEPTEMBER 10-DECEMBER 13, 2013

Lands/Scapes: On Painting and Jewish Geography
Main Gallery

Case Study No. 4: Global India: Kerala, Israel, Berkeley
This eye-opening exhibition unveils for the first time the complete and extensive holdings of The Magnes documenting the history of the Jewish community in Kerala, South India, many of which have never been seen before. The Magnes Collection includes hundreds of ritual objects and textiles, Hebrew books, photographs, archival records and manuscripts in Hebrew, Aramaic, Malayalam, English, and Judeo-Spanish. These materials illustrate the history and the customs of one of the oldest communities in the Jewish Diaspora, following its development until its immigration to Israel in the 1950s.
Warren Hellman Gallery and Charles Michael Gallery

Spanning the twentieth century and following the paths of Jewish migration, this is the first exhibition to highlight landscape art from The Magnes collection, offering a new look at the artists’ relationship with the sites and spaces they inhabited. From Western European Impressionism to Eastern European Realism, from Romanticism of the Americas to Modernism of Israel/Palestine, images of the land were created at the intersection of pictorial traditions and ideological values. Included in the exhibition are nearly thirty works by such artists as Max Liebermann, Jacob Nussbaum, Robert Falk, Moshe Mokady, and Maurycy Minkowski.

Fall Programs
August
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 11AM

Keepers of the Lost Ark: Behind the Scenes at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Designed for students during UC Berkeley Welcome Week, this behind-the-scenes tour will reveal the many unique resources and events that are available for teaching, study and personal enrichment. Visitors may even get to see a Lost Ark or two.

Francisco, which features a multitude of images and documents from The Magnes and The Bancroft Library collections. Panel discussion with Jackie Krenzman, the film’s executive producer, following the screening. Co-presented by The Bancroft Library
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, NOON

American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco

Special Tour of Global India: Kerala, Israel, Berkeley with Barbara Johnson
Join us on a guided tour of the exhibition with Dr. Barbara Johnson (Professor Emerita, Ithaca College), a renowned anthropologist specializing in Kerala, who served as a consultant on the exhibition. Currently a Visiting Scholar in South Asia Program at Cornell University, Johnson is the author of Oh Lovely Parrot!: Jewish Women’s Songs from Kerala (2004) and Ruby of Cochin: An Indian Jewish Woman Remembers (1995).

September
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 5:00PM-7PM

American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco (Dir. Marc Shaffer, 2013, 55 min)
Join us for the East Bay premiere of the epic story of the pioneering Jews of San

THE MAGNES COLLECTION OF JEWISH ART AND LIFE | THE BANCROFT LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY 2121 ALLSTON WAY • BERKELEY, CA 94704 • 510.643.2526 • MAGNES.ORG GALLERY HOURS: TUE-FRI 11-4PM • FREE ADMISSION

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 5PM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 5PM TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 5PM

Taubman Lecture: The Construction of Jewish Identity in the Second Temple Period
John Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament, Yale University Divinity School The first lecture, “The Ancestral Law,” will focus on what it meant to be a Ioudaios in the Maccabean crisis and ask how the Torah came to be the definitive touchstone of Judean identity. The second lecture, “Non-Mosaic Judaism,” will examine whether there were forms of Judean identity for which the Law of Moses was not the definitive criterion and consider three test cases: the colony of Judeans at Elephantine, the wisdom literature prior to Ben Sira, and the early Enoch literature. In his third and final lecture, “Apocalypticism and Torah,” Professor Collins will consider how the traditional understanding of the covenant was modified when it was supplemented by claims of a higher revelation in the apocalyptic literature. The final lecture will be followed by a reception. Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley

Kailath Chair of India Studies, and Chair of the Center for South Asia Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. For information and tickets: sfjff.org
SUNDAY OCTOBER 6, 1-4 PM

November
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 5PM

Panel Discussion on Global India: Kerala, Israel, Berkeley
How did Jewish communities color the multicultural tapestry of the Indian subcontinent? The exhibition Global India inspires a discussion with Berkeley faculty from the Center for South Asia Studies and the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, moderated by the Magnes Curator Francesco Spagnolo. Co-presented by the Center for South Asia Studies
THURSDAY DECEMBER 5, 2013 7:00PM

Open House: Parents and Alumni Weekend
Special exhibition tours with The Magnes Director Alla Efimova and Curator Francesco Spagnolo, music, and Kosher-style hot dogs by Old World Food Truck.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 11-4 PM

Sunday Streets Berkeley
The Magnes opens its doors to participate in Sunday Streets Berkeley, the annual downtown street festival spanning 17 blocks of Shattuck Avenue.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 5:30PM

SFJFF Movie Night: Orchestra of Exiles (Dir. Josh Aronson, 2012, 85 min)
Orchestra of Exiles explores the 4-year odyssey of prodigious Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman in the founding of the orchestra that would become the Israel Philharmonic. Huberman’s personal transformation and subsequent heroic struggle to get Jewish musicians out of Europe to found this orchestra is at the heart of the film. For information and tickets: sfjff.org

Litquake: Thaisa Frank
A reading by awardwinning author Thaisa Frank. Heidegger’s Glasses is Frank’s startling, surreal debut novel. Part love story and part historical fiction, Heidegger’s Glasses evocatively reconstructs the landscape of Nazi Germany from an entirely original and haunting vantage point. Co-presented with UC Berkeley Extension and Litquake, San Francisco’s premier literary festival since 1999.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26-27

October
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013 7PM

SFJFF Movie Night | Next Year in Bombay (Dirs. Mathias Mangin and Jonas Parienté, 2010, 55 min)
Sharon and Sharona Galsulkar are the last educators of their Indian Jewish community, the Bene Israel, which has been residing in the Bombay region for 2000 years and is now disappearing. Genuinely Zionists and concerned about their daughters’ future, they are also committed to their community’s needs. Whose education will they sacrifice? Introduced by Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and South and Southeast Asia Studies, Sarah

KlezCalifornia’s Yiddish Culture Festival
Annual Bay Area celebration of Yiddish culture for all ages. For information and tickets: klezcalifornia.org
SATURDAY @ 7PM

OCTOBER 25-DECEMBER 8, 2013

Partner Program: Berkeley Repertory Theatre The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder. For more information and tickets: www.berkeleyrep.org

Klezmer Concert and Dance Party with internationally renowned klezmer groups Strauss/Warschauer Duo (New York) and Veretski Pass (Bay Area).
SUNDAY @ 1-6PM

Workshops on Yiddish song performance, klezmer instrumental techniques and Yiddish history. Youth Program for ages 6-12. Finale Music and Dance Party.
Presented by KlezCalifornia

THE MAGNES COLLECTION OF JEWISH ART AND LIFE | THE BANCROFT LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY 2121 ALLSTON WAY • BERKELEY, CA 94704 • 510.643.2526 • MAGNES.ORG GALLERY HOURS: TUE-FRI 11-4PM • FREE ADMISSION

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