The staff of the
Long Island Jewish
group of newspapers sat
with Steve Savitsky, national presi-
dent of Bnai Zion, to discuss the
organization’s mission and its
Aside from being the national
president of Bnai Zion, what is
I have been in the healthcare field
for over 30 years. During those
years I have started several compa-
nies and most of them have been in
the home healthcare and medical
staffing industry. Currently, I am
the president and chairman of the
board of ATC Healthcare a nation-
wide provider of medical staffing.
Tell us about your personal life.
Are you married? With children?
Grandchildren? Are they also as
involved in the community?
I am married and have four chil-
dren and, thank God, many grand-
children. I am blessed as all my
children live not far from where I
live, and all of them are very active
in the Jewish community.
How did Judaism become so
central to your life?
To begin, I have to thank my par-
ents who sacrificed a great deal to
give myself and my brother and sis-
ter a Jewish education. They
worked very, very hard and did not
take very many luxuries in life to
pay for a yeshiva education. That’s
how I really became involved in
Jewish life and Torah life.
In what denomination were
I was raised as a Torah Orthodox
Jew with a strong commitment to
the Jewish people and with a vision
that says we love all people and that
we never become judgmental about
What do you do in your spare
time to relax?
What I like to do is study the
Talmud, and study Torah. I’m also a
big tennis player, playing three-to-
four-times a week. I also enjoy
watching some of the local sports
teams, particularly the Yankees and
the NY Giants.
What are three important
things that you strongly believe?
One, I believe that every single
person has a responsibility to make
the world a better place.
Two, I think Jewish people have
a responsibility to help the people
of Israel and the land of Israel and
should be devoting time to that.
And three, I believe that people
have to know how to prioritize their
lives. They should make enough
time to have a quality of life and a
good family life, at the same time
devoting themselves to causes out-
side their immediate family.
When and where was your first
exposure of Bnai Zion and what
made you decide to become a
member and get involved?
I was president of the Orthodox
Union for many years and because
of that I was a member of the Con-
ference of Presidents of Major
Jewish Organizations. It was there
that I became friends with two
wonderful people, Mel Parness and
Jack Grunspan, who encouraged
me over the years to get involved
with Bnai Zion and its great huma-
Tell us more about Bnai Zion.
Is it a political organization, a
religious organization, or both?
Bnai Zion is neither a political,
nor a religious organization — it is
purely a humanitarian organization
with projects that benefit the State
of Israel and the people of Israel.
Our mission statement is to do
everything we can to enhance and
enrich the lives of those in Israel
who unfortunately will probably
fall between the cracks and will not
get the services they need. Our pro-
jects include a wonderful hospital
in Haifa, the Ahava Village, along
with many others. We will continue
to seek out projects that help those
who are less fortunate than we are.
What are the goals for the
future of Bnai Zion and how do
you plan to attain them?
Bnai Zion has been around for
well over 100 years, but we have to
re-engineer its image in the Jewish
community. We are probably the
oldest Zionist organization in
America and we have to begin to
publicize this to the general Jewish
community. We are excited about
our executive team led by Cheryl
Bier. Together with our lay and pro-
fessional leaders we are coming up
with new programs and new ideas
to get the word out about Bnai
Zion. Every person who cares about
Israel should like what we do at
Bnai Zion. Because we are not
political or religious in any way, we
really try to meet the needs of the
people of Israel. Very few organiza-
tions can say exactly the same
thing. We have no agenda other
than to be there in times of need for
those people who need the kinds of
services we provide in a safe and
What will it take to further
Bnai Zion’s support for Israel?
Like in every other organization, it
will take money. Our job here in
America is to raise as much money
as we can, so we can send it to our
projects in Israel. And we will be
doing that by having more dinners,
parlor meetings, one-on-one solicita-
tions and expanding the reach of
Bnai Zion throughout the country.
Fortunately for us, we have very
good friends in the evangelical com-
munity who have been great support-
ers of our projects, and we thank
them and wish them well for all they
have done for us. We hope to contin-
ue that relationship and work with
them even more closely in the future.
JEWISH WORLD • OCT. 28-NOV. 3, 2016
A Humanitarian Cause
Bnai Zion’s projects benefit Israel’s needy
Bnai Zion is …
is purely a
benefit the State
of Israel and the
people of Israel.
are not political
or religious in
any way, we
really try to meet
the needs of the
people of Israel.