Dear Friend,

It is with deep sadness and a profound sense of loss that I write to inform you of the passing of Edgar M. Bronfman, Sr.  He died today in his home surrounded by family and loved ones.  Edgar was a giant among Jewish leaders, and a mentor and friend to everyone associated with The Samuel Bronfman Foundation.

In his active and full life, Edgar never tired of learning, exploring and doing.  He was the first of his kind, a titan of industry that dedicated himself fully to advocating, advancing and encouraging the Jewish people.  Edgar showed how vision and long-term thinking can impact the entire landscape of Jewish life. 

When Edgar started his philanthropic journey, pluralism in the Jewish community was not a widely discussed idea, much less a living reality.  Edgar taught the Jewish community in word and deed that our Jewish brethren across the world and religious divides are connected and that there are ways to reach and serve one another.

As you know, he was deeply committed to making Judaism relevant to all those who were seeking it.  He sought to build a big tent, open for vigorous debate, impassioned questioning, and full of joy. He loved the energy and exuberance of young people, and took them quite seriously because he recognized that they would be the ones shaping their own Jewish future.

Edgar's philanthropic legacy will continue long after this day, and the Jewish world will continue to be shaped and served by his vision. 

Please join me in extending sympathy and condolences to the entire Bronfman family and those around the world touched by his passing.

Edgar lived by his values, and he sought the same opportunity for others.

May his memory be a source of blessing for the world and may his family be consoled among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


Dana Raucher

Executive Director
The Samuel Bronfman Foundation

There will be a private family burial and a formal service will be held in the coming weeks. 

For updates please visit The Samuel Bronfman Foundation website

Condolence letters to the family can be emailed or mailed to The Samuel Bronfman Foundation 375 Park Avenue 17th Floor New York, NY 10152. 

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that donations be made in Edgar’s memory to any of these four charities:

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center
Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Building
800 Eighth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3724

Bronfman Youth Fellowships
The Bronfman Youth Fellowships
163 Delaware Avenue
Suite 102
Delmar NY 12054

MyJewishLearning, Inc.
377 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

Bronfman Center at NYU
The Bronfman Center 
7 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003

Statement by Dana Raucher, Executive Director, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation
Official Obituary
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