Stephen J. Savitsky
“When I think of Bnai Zion, I think of our mission, which is really just like the words of Emma Lazarus, ‘Give us your tired and your poor’…that’s what we stand for. Regardless of politics or religious beliefs, we come together to work for the people and the State of Israel.”
Stephen J. Savitsky of Hewlett, Long Island, from 2002-2014 served as either President or Chairman of the board of the Orthodox Union. Mr. Savitsky was a dynamic President, introducing a stunning variety of new programs, traveling North America and the world on behalf of the Orthodox Union, and visiting Jewish communities large and small – not to mention the White House—to deliver the OU message. Mr. Savitsky has also served as Chairman of Community and Synagogue Services, Personnel, Conventions and Kashrus Division of the OU. He has held many additional leadership positions in the Jewish community, including President of the Vaad Hakashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway; founder and President of the Kew Gardens Hills Eruv; President of Congregation Ansche Chesed in Hewlett, Long Island, NY; and Chairman of the Board of Mesivta Ohr Torah, in Forest Hills, NY.
Mr. Savitsky was a member of the International Board of Governors of the Mesorah Heritage Foundation and has served as a scholar-in-residence at synagogues throughout North America, South America, Europe, Israel, and South Africa. Mr. Savitsky is the President and Chairman of the Board of ATC Health Care Services, a nationwide provider of temporary medical staffing. He also founded and served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Tender Loving Care – Staff Builders, one of the nation’s largest providers of home healthcare services.
Mr. Savitsky is the National President of Bnai Zion Foundation; supporting humanitarian projects in Israel that benefit thousands in need. Mr. Savitsky graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in economics and received an MBA from The Bernard Baruch Graduate School of Business of the City University of New York, with a specialization in finance and marketing. Mr. Savitsky is married to Genie (nee Tennenbaum) Savitsky. They have four children: Julie (married to Shabsi Schreier), Avi (married to Cheryl Stein), Penina (married to Zvi Weiner), and Estie (married to Yehuda Berman). The Savitskys have 17 grandchildren who – much to the Savitskys’ delight – live within walking distance of their grandparents.