Bnai Zion mourns the loss of Mel Parness

Mel has given over 50 years of service to Bnai Zion, establishing his first Bnai Zion chapter when he was a teenager. Mel joined the staff of Bnai Zion in 1964 and was elected its National Secretary in 1976. He was then elected to the position Executive Vice-President in June 1983 and retired in July 2006. Even after his retirement he continued to be a driving force within the organization and lent his expertise wherever it was needed. The Bnai Zion Foundation grew in both scope and fundraising capacity during Mel's tenure. Mel's efforts led to a greatly expanded profile of the organization and increased contributions to its projects. He was a dynamic speaker and had been active in many Jewish organizations, including the America-Israel Friendship League, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the American Zionist Movement, the American Red Magen David, the Israel Dance Institute, and Israel Bonds. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish National Fund.Mel exemplified what it means to be a dedicated Zionist, humanist and American Jew.

Our hearts go out to his wife Arlyne, their children, Bari & Alan Shaffran, and Caryn & Keith Evans, and their grandchildren, Lizzie, Jonathan, Emerson, Andrew and Brady, and may his entire family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

We have established a special fund in Mel’s memory, that will go to the Mel Parness Pediatric Surgery Department at the Bnai Zion Medical Center. Click here to contribute.

Bnai Zion Medical Center Ranked #1 in Country

A recent survey of 11,000 people conducted by the Israeli Ministry of Health concluded that among the medium size hospitals (200-800 beds), the Bnai Zion Medical Center received the highest score for patient satisfaction with 81%. Hospitals were also evaluated based on their physical conditions. The Bnai Zion Medical Center and Hadassah were ranked first in the medium size category as well.

We Care About Protecting Israel

The CEO of the Bnai Zion Medical Center, Dr. Amnon Rofe, has said, "Unfortunately, the threat of attack is significant. We've begun construction of a new protected underground emergency facility, fortified against nuclear, biological and chemical attack, that will help us save lives - but we need additional funding to complete it. Please make our priority yours."

Watch this short video in which Dr. Rofe discusses the current situation.

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Adopt a Family in Ahava Village with Our Mishpachton Program

With our program, Adopt-a-Family / Mishpachton in Ahava Village for Children & Youth, you can support one of the fifteen families in this refuge for abused children with a continual monthly contribution. Learn how the mishpachton provides nurturing care and encouragement to its residents. Click here for more information.

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"Bnai Zion, the American Fraternal Organization, has throughout the years distinguished itself as a group of devoted people who, in addition to steadfast support of the Zionist ideal, have contributed to the welfare and well-being of the State of Israel. Particularly noteworthy among the projects you have promoted are the Bnai Zion Medical Center and the home for retarded children in Rosh Ha’ayin. This combination of moral support and charitable deeds is deserving of praise."

 -- Shimon Peres, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, February 1988

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