The North American Jewish community is constantly evolving and adapting to the world. The generation that grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust, the birth of the state of Israel, and widespread anti-Semitism has begun to make room for a new generation of confident, independent, and socially integrated Jews who are developing an increasingly influential voice in the Jewish community.
This confluence of the experiences of one generation with the blossoming of another has resulted in a powerful set of challenges that many families and organizations face: How do we pass on our values and traditions to the next generation? Clearly there is no consensus on which values and traditions are most important. In fact, they vary wildly from family to family and community to community and can serve as a point of great tension. While many see the growing diversity within Jewish life as a great strength, others view it as the community's death knell.
The following interview is a peek into one such family discussion: one brimming with optimism and in which the transmission of values has been integrated since birth. In this conversation, Charles Bronfman, along with his daughter Ellen Bronfman Hauptman and son Stephen Bronfman, discuss where they came from, where they are now, where they are going, and the experiences and values that drive their personal and philanthropic decisions. This interview took place in Los Angeles on March 31, 2010, at the home of Ellen and Andrew Hauptman. Marge Tabankin facilitated the discussion.
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Tabankin, Marge. One Family's Philanthropic Legacy: Charles R. Bronfman, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman, and Stephen R. Bronfman Talk About Philanthropy, Values and the Jewish Community. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2011: