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Grants in North America

Magnes Museum at UC Berkeley

Magnes Museum at UC Berkeley

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Its remarkably diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West.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

Support from Genesis Philanthropy Group allowed The Magnes to bring three Russian-speaking Jewish academics to the University of California Berkeley campus during the 2012-2013 academic year, including Marina Temkina, a poet and artist living in New York City who writes on issues of gender, Russian-Jewish identity, and immigration; Sasha Senderovich, Ph.D. - Professor of Judaic and Russian Studies; and Svetlana Boym - Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

As part of the initiative to introduce UC Berkeley students to Russian-speaking Jewish culture, the Magnes also hosted a conference on Soviet Yiddish Culture, which was co-presented with the Graduate Theological Union and the Jewish Studies Program at UC Berkeley.

Goals and Objectives

  • Introduce UC Berkeley students and faculty to robust recent scholarship, writing, and art projects on Soviet Jewish history and culture, created by Russian-speaking Jewish immigrants.
  • Stimulate faculty interest in order to create a receptive climate for sustained academic discourse and strengthen Jewish identity among undergraduate Russian-speaking Jewish students.
  • Pave the way for a potential summer program for Russian-speaking Jewish youth hosted on the UC Berkeley campus.

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