Fromer with Abba Eban, keynote speaker at the dinner celebrating
the Museum's 20th anniversary (1982).
Museum’s 20th Anniversary medal, created by Marika
Museum is a Vital Organism
saw many sorry cases in those days, and we
heard from many distraught parents. Some of
the youths, whom we knew to be brilliant,
seemed utterly destroyed by LSD; others were
given to such bizarre conduct as to strain
toleration to the limits, and still others
had none of these problems, but rather wanted
to do research or to Introduce gentile girlfriends
and boyfriends to something comprehensible
about Jewish life and culture. There is no
way to recount the dozens of times merely
hanging a picture on a wall signaled an individual's
rehabilitation, no way to describe what the
garden meant to someone who could only water
or only weed, no way to communicate the expression
of a famished, penniless young man who is
"casually" treated to dinner, etc.
The stories are an endless stream, teeming
with life, and we must not mistake the facade
for the substance. The museum is more than
the composite of Its edifice, exhibits, and
research. It is a vital organism responsive
on every conceivable level, and no course
of studies can provide such a curricula.
Magnes Museum membership brochure.
In July 2010, the Magnes Museum closed its doors at 2911 Russell Street and moved to The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. You are invited to visit the website of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at www.magnes.org.