Travels with a leader who tried to move beyond fighting anti-Semitism.
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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.
Jay saves lives with bone marrow in Boca Raton while Stephen conducts medical training seminars to help earthquake victims in Haiti. These are only two of the many stories of nominees for this year's Jewish Community Heroes award, announced at the General Assembly in New Orleans next week.
I am searching for a few good heroes, specifically Jewish heroes. This search has taken on new urgency recently, after Israel’s interception of the Gaza-bound boats unleashed a new flotilla of Israel bashing. The search is also driven by concern with growing rifts within the American Jewish community, a community no longer united in its view of Israel as always admirable in its public policy and conduct. Many communal leaders still long for the days of David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir and Abba Eban.