Both in our business life and personal life, at Ackerman Development, we always strive to soar to new heights, trying to better ourselves always and in all ways.

When we first heard about the worthy cause of Mr. Bernie Zweig, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for charity, we immediately decided to close the gap of his funding for the trip.

Shalva is a worthy organization that helps children with special needs from birth to young adulthood to develop skills required for a better life.

Please visit to learn more about the important work of Shalva. 


A few words from Bernie:

Dear Friends,

As I am approaching my 70th birthday next year, I am thankful and blessed for the wonderful life I’ve had so far.

I have a loving family and relatives. I’ve had a meaningful career at New York Life, friends from back in Boro Park where I grew up, friends from high school at Ner Israel, from Brooklyn College, from the Grossingers Hotel, Ramaz, Amit, Pine Lake Park, neighbors at 393 West End Ave., and friends and acquaintances on the West Side including those at Lincoln Square Synagogue.

Because of the encouragement and support that I received when training and completing the Jerusalem Marathon to celebrate my 65th birthday I’ve decided to take on another personal and charitable challenge to celebrate my 70th.

I will join a group of individuals who will set off to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft.) located in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro is a natural wonder and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. We will hike through five eco-systems, including rainforest, desert and arctic terrain.

My three goals are:

1) Getting in the best physical shape of my life by training up to six days a week as preparation for this arduous trek

2) Having YOU consider taking on a physical goal which could result in your better health.

3) Raising funds for a worthy organization named Shalva that helps children with special needs from birth to young adulthood to develop skills required for a better life.


On October 14th, 2018, Bernie ascended up the mountain.

We all would like to wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and convey our gratitude for the inspiration he gives others.

As you can see from the picture below, Bernie has conquered the mountain, waiving Ackerman Development flag with heartfelt thanks, on the summit of Mt. Kiliminjaro, Tanzania.

Please visit the web-page to learn more about this wonderful cause:

Shalva Challenge - Climb 4 Shalva