Chairman James S. Tisch of the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for Israel and Chairman Natan Sharansky of the agency's executive released a statement, Sunday, upon the passing of Edgar Bronfman, in which they called him "an energetic and devoted leader of the Jewish people."
The statement continued, "As President of the World Jewish Congress for nearly thirty years, his dedication to promoting the welfare of his People all over the world was relentless. Edgar Bronfman was a distinguished ambassador for the United States who used his considerable influence and skill to benefit fellow Jews everywhere, including the former Soviet Union. Indeed, by his own account, it was a 1970 mission to the Soviet Union that inspired him to explore his own Jewish identity, a quest that continued for the rest of his life and that animated both his activism and his philanthropic pursuits. As Chairman of the International Board of Governors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Edgar helped many thousands of young Jews around the world explore their own Jewish identities, and as President of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, he supported countless organizations and initiatives that serve the Jewish people in myriad ways. May his memory be a comfort to his family."