He is of Jewish descent.
In 1994, he helped to established the Helpmann Academy named in honour of famous South Australian Sir Robert Helpmann. The academy is designed to promote the arts in South Australia. He was the first chairman and is still a member of its board.
The gentlemen's club, The Adelaide Club was under fire when Bensimon was rejected twice for membership to the club on the basis of Anti-Semitism. This was denied by the Club president, stating that is was "offensive" to suggest the club was racist and that it has "a diverse membership". Bensimon is keen to be nominated as often as possible in the hope that the "racist" members of the club can be exposed .