Museums

Magnes Merger Has Its Costs

Partnership with UC-Berkeley seen mostly as a boon but questions linger about prized collection’s independence.

04/03/2012
Staff Writer

The new home of the Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life, a Bay Area institution renowned for its archives of material relating to Jews in the American West, displays all the museum’s ambition. 

The Magnes Collection, founded 50 years ago, has the largest collection of archives of Jews in the American West.

Roman Holiday

Visiting Tempio Maggiore choir introduces world to the melting pot of Italian Jewish music.

05/17/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

When it was home to the greatest empire the world had yet known, it was said that all roads led to Rome. To build that empire meant sending the city’s sons across much of the known world, yet at least one group remained there unmoved, despite a history of (not always voluntary) wandering.

Claudio Maestro Di Segni, left, leads the choir at the Tempio Maggiore in its U.S. debut Sunday.

Abraham’s Children: Alone, Together

‘Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam’ at New York Public Library:
The joy, and the complexity, of text.

10/26/2010
Staff Writer

One approaches “Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam,” a new exhibit of religious texts at The New York Public Library, with caution. The animating idea might cause you to roll your eyes at its surface naiveté: at a time of heightened tensions among Muslims, Jews and Christians, the curators suggest we should emphasize what we all share in common.

Or should we?

An Italian marriage contract, or ketubah, from 1782, featuring images of the Abraham’s Binding of Isaac.

Air Of Celebration

03/24/2009

Assistant Managing Editor
Calling in an Israeli air strike may not be your first thought for bar or bat mitzvah party preparation. But the popularity of aviation history is growing, as evidenced by enhanced exhibits at the Intrepid and the Cradle of Aviation museums here. So Long Islander and Israel-native Arye Sachs is hoping his expanding fleet of vintage aircraft and cockpits, which he has salvaged and faithfully restored, will add an adventurous touch to kids’ celebrations.

Israel On Your Coffee Table

03/31/2006
Staff Writer
If you like conversation pieces that express your Zionism as well as interest in space and geology, consider this: The Bonham's Natural History Auction, to be held here April 11, will feature a quarter-pound chunk of a meteorite in the shape of Israel. It may not qualify as objet d'art, or take on the religious aura of the recently auctioned grilled cheese sandwich with the Virgin Mary's image, but the rock has some historic significance, says its owner, Darryl Pitt.
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