While I've never been to one of their events or visited Israel I have come to know of their projects through my husband. Since then I've been on their mailing list and receive stories about children and adults whose lives have been changed or even saved through the work of this organization. Pretty touching. Enough so, that I was compelled to post a quick review. These guys are worth checking out.
Have a friend who was treated at Bnai Zion medical center. When visiting I learned about the Bnai Zion Foundation from a nurse. I am grateful for all their support.
I live in NY and attended an event sponsored by Bnai Zion. I loved it! It gave me a sense of the strong connection they have to Israel.
I was so touched by the work Bnai Zion did for adults with disabilities, that I had to contribute....
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Proud to be a donor and help children who need it.
My mother called to Larissa Akerman in the first week of March 2011, to inquire about their immigrant retraining program. Ms. Akerman told my mother that the program could be attended with the donation of $300 dollars, and that as long as the person was an immigrant (the maximum years from immigration to US was NO ISSUE) it was no problem.
When I called Ms. Akerman a week later to inquire about the program, she told me that the maximum number of years was 10 years from the date of immigration to the US, with a few exceptions. Then she told me that she could make that exception in essence if I gave $500 donation to the organization. When I pointed out to her that when she spoke to my mother, she told her the donation amount was $300. She denied that she ever told my mother anything like that, which is a complete lie. I wonder if she pockets the $200 difference. Very unethical, unscrupulous and, most probably, illegal.
Someone should investigate her and this organization.
Review from CharityNavigator
Bnai Zion has been around for 101-years and still going strong. I visited their projects in Northern Israel and was blown away. Everyone is so passionate and caring. Their staff is very small, grass roots, and friendly. Their "deed to dollar" ratio is very high I would say because they work with a very small overhead so that most of the $ they raise goes to their humanitarian projects in Israel and not to their staff, etc. A great organization. I can't say enough good things about them. They all truly CARE about what they do.
I became president of the Florida chapter of Bnai Zion Foundation and joined the national board. Contributed $20,000 for a charitable remainder, two-life trust. Their rates were the best and they pay on time. Small staff is professional and well run. Gerald Schwartz Aventura FL