Magnes ready for debut at U.C. Berkeley

After many months of transition, the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life will make its debut with an opening reception and program.

The inaugural exhibition is titled “Gained in Translation: Jews, Germany, California circa 1849” and will open Tuesday, March 1 at the Bancroft Library on the U.C. Berkeley campus.

The exhibit traces the historical and geographic boundaries of San Francisco Jewish history, connecting the history of the Jews in Germany before 1849 to the establishment of the S.F. Jewish community in the second half of the 19th century. It draws on art and other materials from the Magnes Collection, the Bancroft Library and the Levi-Strauss Archives.

An opening program is scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. Speaking will be John Efron (Koret professor of Jewish history, U.C Berkeley) and Marc Dollinger (Richard and Rhoda Goldman chair in Jewish studies and social responsibility at San Francisco State University). The talks will be followed by a gallery tour and reception.

Alla Efimova and Francesco Spagnolo served as curators of the exhibit.

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