Judaica Curator (Judah. L. Magnes Museum)

Ruth Eis

Born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in the 1930’s, Ruth Eis (née Levy), was the founding Curator of Judaica at the Judah L. Magnes Museum (1962). She guided the development of the Judaica collection, and established its international reputation with her scholarly publications covering the museum’s Hanukkah lamps, Torah binders, and other ritual objects. After her retirement, she remained a committed supporter of The Magnes, and visited its new premises shortly after the reopening at the University of California, Berkeley. Ruth Eis passed away in Oakland in December of 2012.