The Surprise of Joy

The Surprise of Joy

News  |  May 24, 2019  |  By Cheryl Bier | CEO, Bnai Zion Foundation
I am my father’s revenge. If living well is the best revenge, then I see it as my job – and my dad’s legacy – to strive to ensure that everyone living in Israel has what they truly need to fulfill their individual promise.

I recently led a trip to Israel to take people to see our project at the Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each resident shares a room, and gets to pick their paint colors, bed linens and other things that make it their home. A resident was so proud to show off her cheerful room, filled with her favorite color pink. Her joy radiated outward like sunshine after a long cloudy week.

That joy is what always surprises people when I take them on a tour. It is the delight of shared abundance, of helping all of the people of Israel get what they need, not just a few. This isn’t about monetary or material wealth. It’s about having what it takes for the people of Israel to be who they were meant to be.

Recently, I was asked why I do what I do and why I do it for Bnai Zion. I immediately replied, ‘Because I am my father’s revenge.’ If living well is the best revenge, then I see it as my job – and my dad’s legacy – to strive to ensure that everyone living in Israel has what they truly need to fulfill their individual promise.

It’s the best, most satisfying and lasting revenge. Giving to the world, making Israel the best place it can be for all who live there. Truly thriving – that’s what it’s about. The old line is, ‘Living well is the best revenge.’

And that’s why I do what I do.