Mission & Vision

Our Mission

The Bronfman Fellowship nurtures intellectually curious young Jews from Israel and North America to build a more dynamic and pluralistic future.

A picture of the original 1987 Bronfman cohort is counterposed with a picture of a more recent cohort. "The Bronfman Fellowship: Celebrating 30+ Years"

Our Vision

We envision a future led by people who see the world through a lens broader than their own and who value Jewish learning as an instrument for discovery, creativity, and change.

Read our Strategic Plan for 2023-2025. The plan builds on our 36 years of experience and will ensure that the Fellowship continues to lead the way in transformative Jewish education, with an outsized impact on Jewish life and the world.

What We Do

We thoughtfully select promising Jewish people with diverse backgrounds and identities who demonstrate the ability to be cultural creators, deep thinkers, moral voices, and community builders.  By exploring the plurality of Jewish life, and by creating a rich tapestry of Jewish ideas, we build a community rooted in meaningful relationships and an expanded sense of possibility.

Find out how to become a Bronfman Fellow.

The Bronfmanim Impact Framework.  We exist to prepare promising young people to have a significant impact on the world, particularly on Jewish life. Our alumni leave their mark by exemplifying one of more of these traits and values.  Community Builders: Bridge the Divide - Connect - Champion Pluralism. Deep Thinkers: Cultivate Intellectual Passion - Challenge Status Quo - Embrace Nuance. Moral Voices: Seek & Speak Truth - Include All - Apply Jewish Wisdom. Cultural Creators: Honor Tradition & Innovate - Create Sparks - Have Courage to Be Vulnerable.

Our Founding

Founded in 1987 by Edgar M. Bronfman, The Bronfman Fellowship reflects Mr. Bronfman’s early and impassioned belief that for the Jewish people to thrive, Israeli and American Jews must be engaged in open and creative discourse with one another. The alumni embody Mr. Bronfman’s vision that young people who are enriched and energized by their Judaism are poised to contribute not only to Jewish life, but to improving the world.

Our Pluralism

Edgar M. Bronfman laid the foundation for The Bronfman Fellowship’s unique, multi-faceted concept of pluralism. Since then, the Fellowship has impacted the lives of 1300+ alumni across North America and Israel, and has developed into a powerful methodology to combat the increasing levels of polarization within the Jewish community and the world. Read more about our pluralism.


The Bronfman Fellowship, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, relies on support from individual donations and a yearly grant from The Samuel Bronfman Foundation to continue its transformative work.