National Officers

All Officers Are Members of the National Board and the Executive Committee.

Treasurer
Michelle Hubertus

Past National Presidents
Carmela E. Kalmanson
Bonnie Lipton
Marlene E. Post
Nancy Falchuk
Marcie Natan
Ellen Hershkin

National Board Members

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Members
Phyllis J. Abramson
Liz Alpert
Haidi Appel
Joyce Backman
Stephanie Z Bonder
Aileen Bormel
Lisa Davidson
Tracey Drayer
Sara Efron
Ruth Ann Freedman
Sheila Glass
Lynn Gold-Benjamin
Michelle Goldberg
Zandra Goldberg
Linda S. Goldstein
Jill B. Goldstone
Dianne Gottlieb
Carole Greenfield
Haren Haber
Lynda Heyman
Roz Kantor
Debbie Knight
Viviane Kovacs
Rebecca Krasnegor
Dr. Stacey Maslow
Susan Moye
Carol Rosenthal
Michele Rubin
Roni Schwartz
Shelley Sherman
Robin Shuman
Barbara Shurberg
Diane Sigel
Kacy Spivack
Anastasia Torres-Gil
Dana Waxler
Laurie Werner
Elaine Winograd
Deborah Wiskind

Third Year Presidents
Geri Lipschitz
JoAnne Shapiro
Renee Sidman
Michelle Conwisar

Second Year Presidents
Sandra Smith
Leslie Gonzalez
Tami Rabin

First Year Presidents
Sharon Goretsky

National Portfolio Council

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Phyllis J Abramson
Renee Albert
Liz Alpert
Iris Altschuler
Lynn Altshuler
Amy Applebaum
Miriam Aron
Marion Aronheim
Sara Aronson
Joan Astor
Joyce Backman
Joan Baron
Rachel Baum
Sue Beller
Phyllis Berlow
Esther Yelen Berman
Stacy Berman
Kenneth Bernstein (National Associates President)
Elaine Binder
Barbara Black
Gail Black
Donna Blankinship
Linda Freedman Block
Karen Bloom
Nancy Bluth
Stephanie Z. Bonder
Bonnie Boring
Aileen Bormel
Laura Brandspiegel
Aliza Bricklin
Dorothy Bucksbaum
Sharon Cadoff
Caren Caplan
Carol Charen
Randi Cohen Coblenz
Ruth G. Cole
Erin Coleman
Jody Comins
Lisa Davidson (Organization Division Coordinator)
Lisa Davidson
Lynn Davidson
Leslie Deman
Sheila Derman
Amy Dicker
Rhoda Dombchik
Madelyn Donoff
Stacey Dorenfeld
Tracey Drayer
Rochelle Edelman
Sandy Einberg
Ann Eisenberg
Marsha Eisenberg
Luisa Ellenbogen
Sarah Elpern
Joan Chernoff Epstein
Judy Erdheim
Karen Ezrine
Nancy Falchuk
Sherri Ades Falchuk
Marissa Fayer
Carol Fein
Karen Feit
Frances Feldman (Marketing & Communications Division Co-Coordinator)
Elise Feldscher
Rena Feuerstein
Barbara Fink
Adrian Fischer
Barbara Fleischer
Michele Foster
Rachel Freedman
Ruth Ann Freedman (Philanthropy Division Vice-Coordinator)
Connie Cirillo Freeman
Debbie Friedman
Lynn Furness
Leslie Gaffin
Roz Garber (Hadassah Foundation Chair)
Janie Garnett
Doris Geller
Sheila Glass
Susan Glicksberg
Lynn Gold-Benjamin
Michelle Goldberg (Engagement Division Vice-Coordinator)
Zandra Goldberg
Michelle Goldberg
Dawn Goldstein
Linda Goldstein
Jill B. Goldstone
Dianne Gottlieb
Sophie Gottlieb
Carole Greenfield
Ruth Grossberg
Rae Gurewitsch
Ruth Gursky
Haren A. Haber
Linda Hakerem
Gail Hammerman
Phyllis Harstein
Fran Heicklen
Kathy Hershfield
Ellen Hershkin
Lynda Heyman
Leslie Hickey
Diane Issenberg
Jane Jacobson
Dorrie Kahn
Merle Kahn
Marla Kameny
Roz Kantor
Marlene Kaplan
Ann Karty
Carol Goodman Kaufman
Sherryl Kaufman
Stacey Keen
Sharon Kelson
Kathy Kerstein

Debbie Kessler (Education & Advocacy Division Vice-Coordinator)
Sandra King
Sally Kleinman
Debbie Knight
Viviane Kovacs (Philanthropy Division Coordinator)
Rebecca Krasnegor
Michelle Krasner
Marcia Gabrilove Ladin (Marketing & Communications Co-Coordinator)
Susan Lafer
Joyce Laiter
Evie Roberts Levine
Dorothy Lasensky
Rickie Leiter
Patricia Levinson
Judith Levitsky
Dina Lipschultz
Bonnie Lipton
Malia Litman
Paula London
Anne Lowe
Karen Lustig
Ellyn Lyons
Sheila Macks
Randa Maher
Judith Mann
Dale Marcus
Ellen Masters
Debra Mazon
Julie Morris
Gail Moskowitz
Peggy Moss
Miffie Nagorsky
Mindy Nagorsky
Luisa Narins
Melanie Nasberg
Marcie Natan
Soraya Nazarian
Jane Nyce
Carol Ogusky
Cathy Olswing
Judy Padolf
Judith L. Palkovitz
Rochelle Parker
Emily Pinchuk
Carolyn Plessner
Sue Polansky
Hanna Pollack
Lin Pomerantz
Traci Portnoff
Marlene Post
Barbara Raben
Joyce Rabin
Ada Rabinowitz
Edria Ragosin
Sonia Raizes
Lonye Rasch
Beatrice Roitman Johnson
Frieda Rosenberg (Education & Advocacy Division Coordinator)
Carol Rosenthal
Marlene Rosenthal
Carol Rotenberg
Greta Rothchild
Michele Rubin
Joan Walder Sacarob
Alecia Sachs
Tamar Sadeh
Iris Sandberg
Jill Sapperstein
Rhonda Saunders
Judith Saxe
Barbara Scheinberg
Kimi Schulman
Maureen Schulman
Betty Shapiro
Merna Shapiro (Engagement Division Coordinator)
Rita Shapiro
Judy Shereck
Shelley Sherman
Susan Musicant Shikora
Janice Shorenstein
Robin Shuman
Barbara Shurberg
Sandy Sidorsky
Diane Sigel
Natalie Silverman
Judith Silversmith
Belle Simon
Sharon Sisselsky
Amy Solomon (Organization Division Vice-Coordinator)
Barbara Spack (Executive Division Coordinator)
Cheryl Sperber
Amy Solomon
Barbara Spack
Kacy Spivack
Tema Sternberg
Jane Strom
Fern Tannenbaum
Diane Taub
Iris Tishkoff
Anastasia Torres-Gil
Rosalyn Tuton
Karen Rosenson Ulm
Roselle Ungar
Ruthanne Warnick
Dana Waxler
Judy Waxman
Marcia Weller
Marsha Werner
Nancy Wiadro
Deborah Wiskind
Janet Young
Ruth Zimbler

Region Presidents & Coordinators

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Hadassah Boston: Leslie Gonzalez
Hadassah Brooklyn Coordinators: Adriane Adam, Shelli Feldman, Ethel Gold
Hadassah Central Pacific Coast: Susan Cohen Grossman
Hadassah Chicago-North Shore: Francine Ephraim
Hadassah Connecticut: Dr. Sharon Sobel
Hadassah Desert-Mountain: Renee Sidman
Hadassah Florida Atlantic: Bobbi Prager
Hadassah Florida Broward: Lois Berkson
Hadassah Florida Central: Andrea Holper
Hadassah Great Plains: Elaine Silver
Hadassah Greater Baltimore: Kay Schuster / Ellen Sizemore
Hadassah Greater Detroit: Mandy Garver
Hadassah Greater Miami Coordinator: Clara Gillman
Hadassah Greater Philadelphia: Randi Freeman
Hadassah Greater Southwest: Sandra Smith
Hadassah Greater Washington: Ilene Schneider

Hadassah Lower New York State: Susan Fishman
Hadassah Nassau: Rachel Rosen
Hadassah New York Co-Coordinators: Lisa Holland Davis / Rita Lourie Galena
Hadassah Northern New England: Louise Borke
Hadassah Northern New Jersey: Geri Lipschitz
Hadassah Pacific Northwest: Tami Rabin
Hadassah Southeastern: Michele Weiner-Merbaum
Hadassah Southern: Susan Smolinsky
Hadassah Southern California: Michelle Conwisar
Hadassah Southern New England: Judy Goldman / Stephanie Marks Plotkin
Hadassah Southern New Jersey Co-Coordinators: Dr. Laura Brandspiegel / Carol Roth / Debbie Glick
Hadassah Southern Seaboard: Sharon Goretsky
Hadassah Suffolk: JoAnne Shapiro
Hadassah Westchester: TBD

Honorary Council

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Chris Adler
Renee Albert
Sandra Alfonsi
Sherry Altura
Haidi Appel
Gerry Sue Arnold
Miriam Aron
Sara Aronson
Wendy Backelman
Claire Baer
Elaine Baker
Phyllis Berlas
Bettye Berlin
Phyllis Berlow
Esther Yelen Berman
Rhoda Bernstein
Elaine Binder
Aileen Bormel
Pennie Sessler Branden
Freda Brode
Dorothy Bucksbaum
Sharon Cadoff
Judith R. Clements
Gail Cohen
Ruth Cole
Karen Dannin
Lisa Davidson
Sheila Derman
Roberta M. Ebert
Rochelle Edelman
Sandy Einberg
Marsha Eisenberg
Barbara Extein
Nancy Falchuk
Sherri Ades Falchuk
Carol FeinKaren Feit
Frances Feldman
Rena Feuerstein
Barbara Fleischer
Linda Elfmon Fleishman
Elizabeth Fox
Arlene Freedman
Debbie Friedman
Leslie Gaffin
Dorothy Ganz
Rae G. Gelfand
Clara Gillman
Norma Gindes
Rae M. Ginsburg
Lynn Gold-Benjamin
Michelle Goldberg
Carol Goldsmith
Sandra Goldstein
Rita Gottlieb
Anna E. Greenberg
Doris Greenberg
Adele Greenblatt
Janice Greenwald
Ruth Grossberg
Haren A. Haber
Linda Hakerem
Betty Rapoport Hamburger
Ruth Hendelman
Sylvia Herman
Jill Hershbein
Ellen Hershkin
Marjorie G. Housen
Ruth B Hurwitz
Diane Issenberg
Sharon Jacobson
Paula Jarnicki
Leah-Dee Kahn
Carmela Kalmanson
Roz Kantor
Marlene Kaplan
Shelley Kaplan
Helene Karpa
Carol Goodman Kaufman
Eddysse Kessler
Joyce C. Kitey
Josie Kivort
Bea Klein
Bobbee Slotsky Kramer
Sharon Krischer
Marcia Gabrilove Ladin

Sheila Lebowitz
Rickie Leiter
Barbara Levin
Patricia Levinson
Gail Lieb
Bobbie Limor
Bonnie Lipton
Seema Liston
Lee Lobel-Zwang
Valerie Lowenstein
Karen Lustig
Ellyn Lyons
Sheila Macks
Susan Mark
Debra Mazon
Barbara G. Melamed
Dovie Melnick
Linda Minkes
Deborah Minkoff
Sue Mizrahi
Julie Morris
Linda Glesser Morris
Susan Moye
Miffie Nagorsky
Marcie Natan
Soraya Nazarian
Jane Nyce
Helaine Ohayon
Barbara Pailet
Judy Palkovitz
Stacie Podos
Hanna Pollack
Joy E. Pollock, Esq
Marlene Post
Joyce Rabin
Ada Sutker Rabinowitz
Sonia Raizes
Lonye Rasch
Leah Stern Reicin
Renee Resnik
Roz Rosen
Frieda Rosenberg
Carol Rosenthal
Benita Ross
Barbara Sabin
Joan Sacarob
Alecia Sachs
Judy Saxe
Lisl Schick
Sharon Schneider
Maureen Schulman
Sima Schuster
Roni Schwartz
Elaine M. Senter
Betty Shapiro
Rhesa E. Shapiro
Deborah Shendelman
Judy Shereck
Shelley Sherman
Nancy Shuman
Jacqueline Silverberg
Natalie Silverman
Belle Simon
Sharon Sisselsky
Annette Sondock
Barbara Spack
Cecile Stern
Judith Swartz
Fern Tannenbaum
Diane Taub
Barbara Topol
Roselle Ungar
Karen Venezky
Susan Weinberg
Helen Weinberg
Laurie Weitz
Laurie Werner
Nancy Wiadro
Elaine Winograd
Susan Yorke
Ruth Zimbler
Susan Zimmerman
Jane Zolot
Theda Zuckerman

Rhoda Smolow

Hadassah National President

Rhoda Smolow is the 27th National President of Hadassah. She is honored by the trust, faith and support the volunteers around the country have bestowed on her!  She began her term on January 1, 2020, after having served as the Hadassah National Secretary. She previously served as a National Vice President and National Organization Department Chair and Presidential Development Co-Chair. Rhoda is also honored to be a Hadassah Representative to the AZM-The American Zionist Movement, The Jewish Agency for Israel, The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the World Zionist Organization.

Rhoda is a Past President of Hadassah Nassau and held many positions on the Nassau Region Board. Prior to that she held the position of Great Neck Chapter Co-President. Rhoda’s first trip to Israel as a teen ignited her passion for Israel. She has been to Israel 12 times, 10 of her trips have been with Hadassah.

Rhoda graduated from Washington University with a BA in education and psychology. She went on to the University of Pennsylvania to get her Masters to become a reading specialist.

Carol Ann Schwartz

National Secretary

Carol Ann Schwartz presently serves as Hadassah National Secretary and on the Executive Committee. Previously, Carol Ann has served as the Hadassah 2016 National Convention Chair in Atlanta, National Social Media Chair, National Presidential Development Co-Chair, President of Hadassah Central States and the Cincinnati Chapter; Carol Ann is an Advocacy Training Specialist through the former Washington Action Office. She was selected as a participant for the 2nd Young Leaders Mission to Israel and was a recipient of the Presidents’ Award. Carol Ann became involved with Hadassah because “I could tell the organization was doing something important — women’s health education, medical research, children-at-risk — and I could personally make a difference”. Carol Ann and her husband Michael are members of the Society of Major Donors as well as Keepers of the Gate. In addition to her national position with Hadassah, Carol Ann is the Executive Vice President of The Morris Investment Company.

Michelle Hubertus

National Treasurer

Michelle Hubertus is Hadassah's National Treasurer, serves on the Executive Committee and is a Director of Hadassah International, LTD.  Previously, Michelle has served as a Henrietta Szold member of the National Board, Hadassah Leadership Fellow, Northern New Jersey Region Membership Coordinator, Millburn Short Hills Chapter President, and served on numerous committees. Professionally, Michelle is a senior risk and capital management executive with over 25 years of experience successfully leading risk management, data governance, regulatory, and systems teams overseeing change initiatives at multiple global, systemically-important banks. Michelle holds a BA in economics and international affairs from Lafayette College and earned an MBA in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Michelle and her husband Jim are Hadassah Founders and proud parents of three resilient children.

Janet Hand Deixler

National Vice President

Janet was a member of the Portfolio Council and the last Region President of the former Hadassah Upper Mid-Atlantic region, where she held several positions including Vice President, Annual Giving and Treasurer. She served as the Hadassah Northeast Co-Chair of a Leadership Retreat, and within her own chapter, served in a variety of leadership positions culminating in President. Janet was admitted to the US Supreme Court as a participant in Hadassah’s Attorney’s Council Swearing-In Program. She and her husband Miles are Keepers of the Gate.

Peg Elefant

National Vice President

Peg Elefant, a national vice president, has demonstrated exemplary leadership over her 40-plus years of Hadassah, including service as a creative consultant, curriculum developer and chair for Building Hadassah Community; national leadership vice chair; Pacific Northwest Region president; and national online training chair. Peg has been intricately involved in Hadassah leadership, creating and delivering trainings for region presidents, multi-region conferences and individual regions. Having served on the Constitution and Governance Committee, Peg has a deep understanding of Hadassah’s constitution and bylaws and how they support the operations of the organization. As an artist, Peg paints both in Israel and at home in Oregon. She believes that art is a way of communicating a sense of place and has shared her knowledge and artwork with multiple regions. Originally from Northern California, Peg has lived in Corvallis, Oregon for over 40 years, where she first encountered and developed a passion for Hadassah.

Shelly Kaplan

National Vice President

Shelley Kaplan is a Hadassah National Vice President. She also serves on the Hadassah Medical Organization Board of Directors, Shelley has held numerous Hadassah National positions including Treasurer, Speakers Bureau Chair, elected member of the Finance Committee and the National Board, Chair and Vice Chair of Major Gifts and Development Resource Services Chair. Shelley also served on the Hadassah International Board of Directors and as President of Hadassah Southern New Jersey from 2006-2009. She is a member of the Ocean Township Chapter.
Shelley and her husband, Sheldon, are proud members of the Society of Major Donors. Shelley and her daughters, Jennifer and Hannah, are Hadassah life members. Her husband and son, Ethan, are Associates.

Valerie Lowenstein

National Vice President

Valerie Lowenstein is a national vice president, a member of the Ethics Committee and the National Nurses and Allied Health Professional Council. Previously, Valerie served as the national chair of Stewardship; national chair of the Department of Health and Wellness; and vice chair of Hadassah Travel. She also served on the National Governance and Constitution Committee as well as the Strategic Planning Committee. Locally, she continues to serve on the Hadassah Boston Region Board and the Health Professional Committee. Valerie is a past president of Hadassah Boston Chapter as well as the Landy Kaplan Nurses Council. She was the recipient of the Hadassah Leadership Award from the Hadassah Boston Chapter and the Volunteer of the Year award from the Landy Kaplan Nurses Council. Valerie and her husband Arnie are members of the Society of Major Donors and Keepers of the Gate.

Jill Sapperstein

National Vice President

Jill Sapperstein is a national vice president and previously served as the national chair of the Operations Division, while being a member of the National Board and Portfolio Council. Prior to her service on the National Assembly, Jill was president of Hadassah Greater Baltimore. During her years of service to Hadassah Greater Baltimore, Jill held many positions including vice president of fundraising, treasurer and president of the Tikvah Chapter. Jill also chaired the 1988 National Young Leaders Institute. She is a member of the Legacy and Chai Societies, a Golden Keeper of the Gate, and along with her husband Louis, a member of the Society of Major Donors.  Jill and Lou are the proud parents of three and grandparents of four, all of whom are Life Members or Associates.

Dr. Rachel Schonberger

National Vice President

Dr. Rachel Schonberger is a National Vice President and previously served as the Chair of Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO). She has also served as President of both Hadassah Southeastern and the Hadassah Greater Atlanta Chapter. Rachel was a founder and chair of the Hadassah National Physicians Council and led the committee that established the first accredited continuing medical education course sponsored by Hadassah for physicians in Jerusalem. Rachel, whose mother was a physician and Hadassah group president, is the 3rd generation of a 4-generation physician family. Rachel is proud to be a product of Young Judaea and Camp Tel Yehudah.  Rachel and her husband Larry are members of the Society of Major Donors.