Welcome Home Andy
Andrea Bronfman was laid to rest today on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem following a funeral service attended by nearly 1000 people. Speaking at the funeral were family members and associates as well as Shimon Peres and acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. We wish once again to extend our condolences to the family. Everyone spoke about Andrea Bronfman’s legacy and how her many, many good works will continue to keep her memory alive for years and decades to come.
We here at Jewlicious like to trumpet the fact that we are a grass roots endeavor. We are not funded by the organized Jewish community and we relish in pointing out aspects of it that we feel are worthy of criticism. However, during the funeral, I sort of realized how much I owe Philanthropists like Andrea and Charles Bronfman – how much of their selfless work has benefited me and the people I love. I dare say that even this Web site would never have happenned but for the synergy created thanks to Bronfman funded projects like birthright.
Both Laya and Michael made Aliyah shortly after having been on a birthright trip. Our continued understanding and exposure to young Jews, both Israeli and in the diaspora is made possible by virtue of our volunteer work as madrichim with birthright. I was able to rekindle my love of the physical state of Israel by virtue of my work with birthright.
All of this has served to inspire us to continue doing what we’re doing with Jewlicious and for that we thank Andrea for her part in making it happen.
Shalom Andy – thanks for everything.