(JNS.org) Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israeli President Shimon Peres were among the 1,000 people who participated in a Tuesday night memorial service in New York City for the late Jewish philanthropist Edgar Bronfman.
Bronfman—a prominent Jewish philanthropist, communal leader, and businessman—died at his home on Dec. 21 at the age of 84.
“He exuded a confidence and honesty that won him the friendship and support of presidents and popes and people everywhere,” Clinton said, the Associated Press reported.
In a video message, Peres praised Bronfman for speaking out for Jewish rights in places like the former Soviet Union.
Born in Montreal, Bronfman, heir to the Seagram alcoholic beverage company, took the helm of the company after his father’s death in 1971. He stepped down as CEO in 1994 and focused his energies on his foundation, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation. Bronfman also served as the president of the World Jewish Congress, where he advocated for the freedom of Soviet Jews.