Bernard Granor is the immediate past president of the Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia and a past president of the International Association of Hebrew Free Loans. In 1984 along with Aaron Landes, then Rabbi of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, his wife Marie Granor and other senior members of the Synagogue, he founded the Hebrew Free Loan Society. The group initially raised over $60,000 from a gathering at the home of Leonard and Madlyn Abramson.
Bernard is an Attorney, Realtor, and Home Builder. Since 1970 under the name of Granor Price Homes, over 4500 homes were built in the Greater Delaware Valley. He has been President of the North West Chapter of the Philadelphia Board of Realtors and President of the Home Builders Association of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. He taught Real Estate related courses in the evening school (Ogontz Campus) of the Pennsylvania State University from 1972 to 1982
Bernard was President of the West Oak lane Jewish Community Center from 1970 to 1972 and helped to arrange the merger with Beth Sholom Congregation in 1980, where he is a life member of the Board of Directors. He received the Man of the Year award from the Men’s Club of the West Oak Lane Jewish Community Center. For his Synagogue-related services, he was inducted into the Legion of Honor of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains in 1971. In 2010 Bernard and Marie were honored by the Men’s Club of Beth Sholom Congregation as Humanitarians of the Year for their work with the Hebrew Free Loan Society.
Bernard has been active in a number of charitable organizations including membership on the Board of Directors of the Lower Bucks County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was named Citizen of the Year by the Chapter in 2004.
Bernard is married to Marie. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. His son, Marshal, and daughter-in-law, Tamar, were the co-presidents of the Hebrew Free Loan Society.