Bnai Zion’s New York Region hosted a Women in Leadership cocktail reception and networking event, Thursday evening September 14, 2017. Among the attendees who enjoyed a delicious assortment of kosher hors d’oeuvres included Bnai Zion President Stephen Savitsky, Executive Vice President Cheryl Bier and Director of Strategy & Development, Stephen Becker. National Board Members also in attendance were Stephanie Garry, Jan Kiderman, Shelley Kilcoyne, Sheryl Safran, Donald Vogelman, and David Edrich whose wife Dr. Edna Edrich received the Bnai Zion Community Leadership Award. Dr. Edrich worked at the Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa for many years. “Leadership is a way of life,” said Edrich. “During my residency at BZMC I had to organize the operating room, to be responsible for other doctors, and it always gave me great satisfaction in succeeding to fulfill my duties in the best way I could.”
“I’m so proud to be honored by Bnai Zion. They do so much great humanitarian work,” said Nadine Epstein, editor of Moment Magazine also received the Community Leadership Award.
Galit Peleg, currently serving as Head of the Department for Public Diplomacy and Academic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, added: “What Bnai Zion is doing is part of Herzl’s vision. What you’re doing is pure Zionism by improving the world.”
For 110 years Bnai Zion has raised tens of millions of dollars and completed more than one hundred projects in Israel. Recent work includes a community center for disabled adults, a performing arts center, a bomb-proof emergency room at a hospital near Lebanon, and a therapy center in a village for at-risk youth.