The Magnes | Fall Programs 2014

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
Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 10 at 5 PM
Join The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, the Center for
Jewish Studies, and the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel
Studies in celebrating the opening of Gourmet Ghettos: Modern
Food Rituals, a new exhibition exploring eating, identity and activism
in Jewish life and beyond. RSVP to bit.ly/magnesopening2014
Piyyut: Hebrew Poetry and World Music with Robert Alter and Yair
Harel
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7-9 PM
Hebrew poems (piyyutim), chanted for centuries across the Diaspora, have
been adapted to different melodies, evolving into a form of “Jewish world
music” with roots in Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the
Middle East. The program will include a reading of Hebrew poems, and the
performance of traditional and contemporary musical interpretations.
Jewish Nightlife: A Concert Featuring UC Berkeley Students
directed by Yair Harel
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7-9 PM
Jewish Nightlife is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the nexus between
the ritual performance of Jewish texts and social changes across Jewish
history, including Hebrew poetry, music, and synagogue liturgy in Europe,
in North Africa, the Middle East, and present-day Israel. The program will
include performances by UC Berkeley students and participants in the
Piyut North America project, led by visiting artist Yair Harel.
PopUp Lunchtime Exhibitions
Beginning October 1, Wednesdays, Noon-1 PM
Each week, UC Berkeley faculty and students, visiting artists and other
notable guests will present brief lectures focused on selected treasures
from the The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. One speaker and
one object at the time, these “flash” exhibitions will include the opportunity
to view the art and artifacts discussed intimately and up close. Bring your
own lunch, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and take part in an exciting
learning program, free and open to the public.