Beit Hatfutsot 35th Anniversary Gala
Beit Hatfutsot 35th Anniversary Gala -Honoring the Vision and the Legacy of ANDREA M. BRONFMAN
Mandarin Hotel, New York (December 2013)
Rita and Charles Bronfman
Judith and Michael Steinhardt
Remember the past, live the present, and trust the future
לזכור את העבר, לחיות בהווה, לבטוח בעתיד
Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, will dedicate its 35th Anniversary Gala to honoring the vision and legacy of Andrea M. Bronfman who was National Co-Chair of the Canadian Friends of Beit Hatfutsot and Chair of Beit Hatfutsot Board of Directors.
Andrea Bronfman, a prominent American Canadian Jewish leader, will forever be remembered for her passion and zest for life and for enthusiasm for the Jewish enterprise. As co-chair of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and through her involvement with numerous philanthropic endeavors, she has been a shaping force in initiatives aimed at strengthening Jewish identity worldwide with a focus on Jewish youth, the arts and education.
Known to friends and colleagues as Andy, Mrs. Bronfman, together with her husband, Charles, has left behind a legacy that continues to enrich the lives of so many. Her steadfast love for Israel was inherited from her parents and her love of art from her mother. Her father, Hyam, was, for many years, a leader of the United Joint Israel Appeal of Great Britain. Her mother, Doris, was the founder of the British Friends of the Museums of Israel. Andrea Bronfman devoted much of her energies to fostering their interest in Jewish identity, community and meaning, both in North America and in Israel.
Andy Bronfman’s commitment to human rights and fundamental freedom led her to found the “Group of 35” – Montreal Women’s Campaign for Soviet Jewry. The “35s” played an active role in alerting both the Canadian government and the public at large to the plight of Soviet Jewry
As a co-founder of Birthright Israel, a program offering 18-26 years old their first Jewish living and learning experience in Israel, Andy Bronfman was able to realize her commitment to the young people whose Jewish identity she wanted to augment. To date 350,000 participants benefited from the program.
In 2003, she founded AIDA: The Association for Israel’s Decorative Arts, a vehicle designed to expose Israeli artists to North American galleries and collectors, as well as to educate North Americans about decorative arts in Israel. Charles Bronfman established The Andrea M. Bronfman Prize for the Arts (“The Andy”) to honor his wife’s life-long passion for and support of the arts, and to create a showcase for Israeli decorative artists.
As National Co-Chair of the Canadian Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, Andy Bronfman created and directed a national cultural project “A Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada", a major travelling exhibition with a companion book and film. The exhibit premiered at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1990, appeared at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1993 and, of course, at Beit Hatfutsot.
Her passion for Jewish history and transmitting the messages that could be learned over the millennia, led her to the Chairmanship of Beit Hatfutsot. By remembering the past, she felt that Jews would gain and understanding of themselves and their religion and be tolerant of others, thrive in the present and trust the future. Her vision for Beit Hatfutsot as the museum and center of the Jewish people is today becoming a reality as Beit Hatfutsot transforms itself into a true center for Jewish Peoplehood.
Andrea Bronfman's legacy and vision flourish as her extended family follows the noble mission she charted and the pioneering and compelling activities she launched.