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The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life  2121 Allston Way; downtown.  Free.  The first Jewish museum established in the western U.S., the Magnes focuses on the art and history of the Jewish experience.  It recently got a new home and name and is now a research unit of U.C.’s Bancroft Library, with an archives, library, and museum.  Its public galleries focus on Jewish Art (painting and sculpture, photography, works on paper and artist books, as well as digital and mixed media) and Jewish Life (thousands of objects representing personal and family rituals, synagogue and communal life, and the social interactions among Jewish and host communities in the Global Jewish Diaspora throughout history).



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