Seymour Fromer, internationally known Jewish educator and founder of the Judah L. Magnes Museum, was born on October 3, 1922 and raised in the Bronx, New York. Fromer graduated from Stuyvesant High School, earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College, and did graduate work at Teachers College Columbia University. He worked in the Jewish communities of Essex County, New Jersey and Los Angeles, where in 1955 he presented the opera David, composed by Darius Milhaud, at the Hollywood Bowl. In Los Angeles, Fromer met and married his wife of more than fifty years, the poet and author Rebecca Camhi Fromer. In the late 1950s, Fromer came to Oakland, California, and established the Jewish Education Council (forerunner of today’s Center for Jewish Life and Learning), remaining in that post for a quarter century.