"We can always discuss Granada"

News  |  June 28, 2019  |  By Cheryl Bier | CEO, Bnai Zion Foundation
It has become an inside joke between them. When they drift to topics that would pull them apart, one asks the other, "So how’s the weather in Granada?"

Our president, Steve Savitsky, tells this great story about conversations he has with a friend. They are on opposite sides of just about everything, but still want to remain friends and really care for each other. Steve says that you can always find something that you can agree on. And for this friend, that is the island of Granada. It has become an inside joke between them. When they drift to topics that would pull them apart, one asks the other, “So how’s the weather in Granada?”

At Bnai Zion Foundation, we always like to come back to first principles. We are here because we want to demonstrate our love for all the people of Israel with dignity and compassion. We do that with capital projects that address unmet needs. And we’ve been doing that for over 111 years.

Israel, despite enormous progress, still has the highest level of any OCED country. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has 34-member democratic countries that support a free market system. That gives us a lot to focus on without drifting to side topics. We’ve got hospitals that need equipment and extra facilities, children who need support, seniors who need places to live, and education is a never-ending commitment.

We don’t need to agree on everything. We agree on one thing – the most important thing for our organization. We love the people of Israel – all of them. When we lead mission trips, host events, it is that love that we are sharing. Everything else gets checked at the door.

We stand firmly in that love, no matter the weather.