Edgar Bronfman

His Real Wealth: Service To His People

Family and dignitaries remember Edgar Bronfman at his shloshim service.

01/29/2014
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His family and friends called him “Tree.”

He loved doing crossword puzzles, watching “Jeopardy” and, after the age of 50, learning to play the piano and study Talmud.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at service for Edgar Bronfman. Photo courtesy of Samuel Bronfman Foundation

Edgar M. Bronfman: A Modern Talmudic Jew

01/07/2014
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A legend in many realms, Edgar M. Bronfman lived a rich and varied life, embodying many facets in his work and personality.

Yet while Jews the world over marked the loss of a leader to whom they owe much, for our community, the Bronfman Youth Fellowships, it is a personal loss. We “Bronfmanim”— as we call ourselves — have lost our founder and our inspiration, but truly, we have lost the person who invited us to live talmudically in the modern world.

The late Edgar Bronfman valued Jewish learning and ethical traditions above strict religiosity. Getty Images

Edgar M. Bronfman, 1929-2013

12/24/2013
Editorial

Born to a life of luxury, with admittedly little knowledge of Judaism growing up, Edgar Bronfman could have achieved success and adulation simply as the successor to his father, Samuel Bronfman, chairman of Seagram Ltd. The fact that in addition he became increasingly interested and involved in Jewish life as an adult — not only as president of the World Jewish Congress but as a student of Jewish text and issues — is a tribute to his capacity to both lead and learn.

Richard Joel: ‘Hope, Not Fear’

Travels with a leader who tried to move beyond fighting anti-Semitism.

12/24/2013
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Edgar Bronfman was my dear patrician friend. We partnered together for 10 years, when I was president and he was chair of Hillel. He was a proud Jew who loved his Hebrew name, Yechiel Moshe. If heroes are not perfect demigods, but good people striving to make things better, then Edgar Bronfman was a hero.

Edgar Bronfman, second from left, with Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, left, Stuart Eizenstat and Alfred Defago. Getty Images

Bronfman Left Large Legacy

Philanthropist led Swiss bank effort as World Jewish Congress head, funded major programs for youth.

12/24/2013
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Edgar Bronfman, the billionaire former beverage magnate and leading Jewish philanthropist, died last Saturday at the age of 84.

Edgar Bronfman founded the Bronfman Youth Fellowship in 1987 and helped revive Hillel in the 1990s. Getty Images

An Investment In Souls

Rabbi David Ellenson remembers the legendary philanthropist whose eye was trained on the future.

12/24/2013
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Many will surely speak of Edgar Bronfman and his legacy — and deservedly so. I will leave it to others to describe his extraordinarily privileged background, his many achievements in the realm of business and commerce, and his manifold philanthropic works. Each area of his exceptional life is worthy of a full-scale treatise, and I have no doubt that a complete academic biography of the man will soon emerge — the temptation for an academic or graduate student to describe the history of Jewish life in our day through an exploration of this one man’s life is surely irresistible.

Edgar Bronfman: Hailed for candor, humor and curiosity.

WJC In Turmoil As Charges Fly

09/10/2004
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An internal dispute among the top leaders of the World Jewish Congress centered on power, personality and politics is threatening to implode the venerable organization amid calls for resignations and threats of lawsuits.

Bronfman Backlash

08/08/2003
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Are well-known presidents of major Jewish organizations ever free to speak out as private citizens on controversial issues concerning Israel?

That was the question being debated this week after Edgar N. Bronfman, Sr., president of the World Jewish Congress, wrote to President George W. Bush expressing his views on the peace process. His letter was co-signed by former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger.

Bronfman and Eagleburger called on Bush to continue to "urge both sides to take the necessary steps to create stability and momentum in the peace process."

A Champion Of Jewish Freedom And Identity

Seagrams billionaire took on Soviet Union, Swiss banks and assimilation.

12/19/2013
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Edgar Bronfman, the billionaire former beverage magnate and leading Jewish philanthropist, died Saturday at the age of 84.

Edgar Bronfman: "I'm a Jew, and if I was in a position to help, I did so." JTA

'A Custodian Of The Jewish People'

The son of poor immigrants, Sen. Frank Lautenburg remembered as a giant of liberal and Jewish causes, and critical advocate for Soviet emigrés.

06/04/2013
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About a dozen years ago, Frank Lautenberg, then the senior U.S. senator from New Jersey, was invited to serve as keynote speaker at a naturalization ceremony for new citizens that New Jersey’s Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest was hosting.

Retiring from the Senate in 2001 was a "big mistake," Lautenberg said. He was re-elected the following year. Getty Images
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