The Fromer Fund was established in 1984 in honor of Seymour Fromer, founding director of the former Center for Jewish Living and Learning at Federation, founder of the Magnes Museum collection, and pioneer in the East Bay Jewish community. The fund provides a grant every two years, The Fromer Award, which provides support to individuals working in the areas of Jewish arts, academic scholarship, or education.


Applicants of the Fromer Award should be age 40 and under and must reside in Northern California. Proposed projects should address Jewish themes. Preference will be shown for early-stage projects that demonstrate innovation, creativity, and risk-taking. The committee will prioritize projects that are interdisciplinary in nature.


The next round of applications will be accepted in the fall or winter of 2019.

Past awards have provided seed funds for the production of films, curricula, scholarly articles, publications, exhibits, and performance-based work.

Previous award recipients:


Jeff Kasowitz – Arba’im Shana: The Near and Far  (CD recording)

Marlene “Cookie” Segelstein – Veretski Pass’ “Poyln” (CD recording)


Yoav Potash – “Moment of Truth” (screenplay)

Averie Cohen – One (photo book)

Anthony Russell – “Written in Breath: Yiddish Song as Commentary” (performance)


Bill Chayes – “Metal Man: The Story of Victor Ries” (documentary trailer)

Helen Breger – Memoirs and sketches

Jewish Community Foundation of the West – Jews of the California Gold Rush (book)

Reutlinger Center for Jewish Living – Spinoza lithographs (exhibit)

Yoav Potash – Life Sentence (documentary)

Day Schildkret – Eternal Earth: Art and Nature (curriculum)