The Rebecca and Seymour Fromer Legacy Society


Rebecca and Seymour Fromer

Your legacy gift helps The Magnes thrive as the treasured resource it is.

Introducing The Rebecca and Seymour Fromer Legacy Society, recognizing The Magnes founders and honoring those generous legacy donors who have included The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in their estate, retirement plan, or other life-income gifts such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable trust. 


Planned gifts can offer you increased annual income, immediate and carry-over tax deductions, and relief from capital gains taxes. And if your gift is made through a bequest, it can defray the tax burden on your heirs.


We are honored to recognize members of the Fromer Legacy Society, who ensure The Magnes Collection will be available for generations to come.


The Office of Gift Planning features online tools that will guide you through a variety of gift options, or contact Deborah Banks at for more information.


Learn more about The Magnes Museum founders, Rebecca and Seymour Fromer.


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Seymour Fromer (1922-2009)

Founder and Director Emeritus

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.