The Bnai Zion Foundation hosted a New York City Gala on Thursday evening, November 9 with over 200 people in attendance. The evening’s honorees were American Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Kevin Roche, recipient of the Bnai Zion Humanitarian Award, and Shoshana Bederman, co-founder, and president of Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism, who received the Community Leadership Award.
Keynote Speaker, Ambassador Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, spoke and shared his admiration for Bnai Zion and its 110 years of contributions to Israeli society. His words inspired many of the guests, who waited for the Ambassador after his speech to ask questions and take pictures.
Joining us for the evening was George Schaeffer, National Chairman of Bnai Zion, and National President Steve Savitsky who enjoyed the evening along with many members of the National Board of Directors. Other attendees included friends and family, leaders from the non-profit world and the architectural and engineering industry, as well as many young adults – some familiar with Bnai Zion through family involvement, and many who were just learning about our history and all the work we do. Also in attendance was the former Governor of New York, David Paterson, Mayor Benny Kashriel and Deputy Mayor Guy Yifrach, who came all the way from Ma’aleh Adumim, Israel to support Bnai Zion and representatives from Governor Cuomo’s office.
Executive Vice President, Cheryl Bier, introduced a new Bnai Zion video and expressed her gratitude to the entire Bnai Zion team for all their efforts and hard work in making this event possible.
Entertainment was provided by the very funny comedian Joel Chasnoff, whose routine featured stories about living kosher in the Midwest and explaining what it means to keep kosher to non-Jews, had everyone in the audience laughing for almost an hour.
It was a wonderful evening all around, and we are already preparing for and looking forward to next year’s event to be held on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Save the date and join us next year as we celebrate our 110th Anniversary.
Proceeds of the evening will go towards projects that Bnai Zion has been supporting for many decades. Bnai Zion is the only organization pursuing capital projects for social impact causes that unite supporters of Israel across the economic, political and religious spectrum. These projects include The Bnai Zion Medical Center, Ahava Village for Children & Youth, Israel Elwyn, The David Yellin Academic College of Education, and Ma’aleh Adumim. Bnai Zion has also taken on an exciting new initiative – Yad Leah, which is a volunteer based organization whose staff and supporters share a collective dream of alleviating poverty in Israel. This is accomplished by collecting new and gently used clothing in the United States and sending that clothing to communities throughout Israel to be distributed to needy families.