The Judah L. Magnes Museum was founded in 1962 by Seymour Fromer (1922-2009), a Jewish educator who had moved to California from New York City, and his wife, Los Angeles-born poet and author Rebecca Camhi Fromer.
Poet, playwright, and historian Rebecca Camhi Fromer co-founded the Judah L. Magnes Museum with her husband, Seymour Fromer. Starting with a few objects and a display case the Magnes grew to become the country’s third largest Jewish museum with objects ranging from paintings, photographs, rare books, archival material, and Judaica.
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.