Shared Appeals to Different Gods: Jews, Christians and Medieval Prayer

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA, United States

Berkeley's Center for Jewish Studies presents Elisheva Baumgarten's lecture focusing on private prayers found in Hebrew manuscripts from medieval northern France that both adapt and adopt known Christian prayers. It will trace the ways in which these prayers would have been known by Jews, and discuss the adaptations made by Jews to make these prayers usable.

Blood Libel: On the Trail of An Antisemitic Myth

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA, United States

Berkeley's Center for Jewish Studies presents Magda Teter's lecture exploring how the medieval anti-Jewish lie about the story of Simon of Trent, a boy whose death during the Easter/Passover season in 1475 led to one of the most notorious persecutions of Jews in Europe and, as cited in 2019 by the shooter of the Poway synagogue, became rooted in Christian imagination to persist into the twenty first century US and lead to his horrific crime in California.

In My Ancestors’ Shoes: Getting Dressed in the Tenements, 1881

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA, United States

Join Vi, creator of the YouTube channel SnappyDragon, as she demonstrates how a young working-class Hungarian Jewish immigrant woman would get dressed in her best clothes for Shabbat in the Victorian-era Lower East Side. Based on the story of her own great-great-grandmother Carolina at age 19, Vi has created reproduction garments from the year 1881, […]