Meet Our Speakers

The Hadassah Speakers Bureau would be pleased to assist you in providing a speaker for any program or event you’re planning. Our speakers are able to talk about a wide variety of subjects, and we can assist in identifying ones most suitable for your needs.

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Topics: Israel Update, Volunteerism, Women's Health & Wellness, Women's Empowerment, Advocacy
Ellen Audet is a past President of the Gainesville, FL chapter, and a member of the Professional Nurses & Allied Health Council
State: Florida
Topics: Israel Update, Women's Empowerment, Youth Aliyah & Young Judaea, Advocacy
Stephanie Z. Bonder is the Chair of EVOLVE Hadassah: The Young Women’s Network, where her goal is to inspire young women with her passion to connect to Israel through Hadassah.
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Hadassah Update, Fundraising, Israel Update, HMO Update
Aileen Bormel is a National Board member. She previously served as Co-Chair of Hadassah Israel Travel (formerly Missions), Co-Chair of the Society of Major Donors for National Hadassah, and the Vice Chair of the January 2015 National Board Mission to Israel.
State: Mid-Atlantic
Topics: Hadassah Update, Israel Update, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Medicine Research, Women's Health & Wellness, Women's Empowerment, Advocacy
Naomi J. Brunnlehrman is the Director of Hadassah’s Education and Advocacy Division.
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Israel Update, Advocacy
Michael D. Cohen currently serves as Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Hadassah Update, Fundraising, Israel Update, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Women's Empowerment, Youth Aliyah & Young Judaea, Advocacy
Tracey Drayer is President of the Nassau Region and the National Grassroots Fundraising Chair.
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Hadassah Update, Fundraising, Israel Update, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Medicine Research
Peg Elefant is currently a Hadassah National Board member.
State: West Coast
Topics: Hadassah Update, Fundraising, Israel Update, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Medicine Research, Women's Health & Wellness, Women's Empowerment, Youth Aliyah & Young Judaea, Advocacy
Ellen Hershkin is the Chair of Hadassah Israel Travel and the immediate past (26th) National President of Hadassah.
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Israel Update, Advocacy
Gil Hoffman has been the chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post for 20 years.
State: Israel
Topics: Hadassah Update, Israel Update, Women's Empowerment
Lisa Hostein is the Executive Editor of Hadassah Magazine.
State: Mid-Atlantic
Topics: Hadassah Update, Israel Update, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Youth Aliyah & Young Judaea
Marcia Gabrilove Ladin is a National Vice President and a member of the Hadassah National Assembly.
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Hadassah Update, Israel Update
Ellyn Lyons is the Chair of Hadassah National’s Speakers Bureau. She is a past National Treasurer of Hadassah and a member of the Honorary Council of Hadassah.
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Israel Update, Women's Empowerment
Rabbi Avis Dimond Miller is President of the Open Dor Foundation, whose purpose is to open the door to Jewish involvement through educational programs.
State: Mid-Atlantic
Topics: Israel Update, Women's Empowerment
Pamela S. Nadell holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University where she directs the Jewish Studies Program.
State: Mid-Atlantic
Topics: Hadassah Update, Israel Update, Women's Health & Wellness, Women's Empowerment, Advocacy
Karen Paikin Barall is the Director of the Government Relations Office at Hadassah, acting as Hadassah's chief lobbyist in Washington DC.
State: Mid-Atlantic
Topics: Israel Update
Sue Polansky from Longmeadow, Massachussetts is the Zionist Affairs Team Leader (Education and Advocacy).
State: Northeast
Topics: Hadassah Update, Israel Update, HMO Update, Women's Empowerment, Advocacy
Marlene Edith Post is a past National President of Hadassah and is the current Chair of Hadassah Magazine.
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Israel Update, Advocacy
Alan Ronkin is the Director of the Washington, DC Regional Office of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), one of the oldest Jewish advocacy organizations in the US.
State: Mid-Atlantic
Topics: Fundraising, Israel Update, HMO Update, Women's Health & Wellness
Maureen (Miki) Schulman is currently serving as the Chair of the National 360 Degrees of Healing Campaign.
State: Florida
Topics: Hadassah Update, Fundraising, Israel Update, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Women's Health & Wellness, Women's Empowerment, Youth Aliyah & Young Judaea, Advocacy
Carol Ann Schwartz of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a National Secretary and serves on the Executive Committee of Hadassah.
State: Midwest
Topics: Israel Update, Youth Aliyah & Young Judaea, Advocacy
Judy Shereck is the Coordinator of the Education and Advocacy Division.
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Hadassah Update, Israel Update, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Women's Empowerment, Advocacy
Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu is Hadassah’s Director of the Engagement Division.
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Hadassah Update, Fundraising, Israel Update, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Medicine Research, Women's Health & Wellness, Women's Empowerment, Youth Aliyah & Young Judaea, Advocacy
Rhoda Smolow is currently the 27th National President of Hadassah. She previously served as the Hadassah National Secretary.
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Israel Update, Advocacy
Gil Troy is an award-winning American presidential historian and a leading Zionist activist.
State: Israel
Topics: Israel Update, Women's Empowerment
Chloé Valdary is an American writer, political activist, and Zionist.
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Hadassah Update, Fundraising, Israel Update, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Women's Health & Wellness, Advocacy
Dana Waxler is the National Annual Giving Co-Chair.
State: Southwest
Topics: Hadassah Update, Fundraising, Israel Update, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Medicine Research, Women's Health & Wellness, Women's Empowerment, Youth Aliyah & Young Judaea, Advocacy
Dr. Janice Weinman Shorenstein is the Executive Director/CEO of Hadassah.
State: New York Tristate
Topics: Israel Update, Advocacy
Captain (res.) Libby Weiss is a strategic communicator and expert on media coverage of Israel.
State: Israel
Topics: Israel Update, Women's Empowerment
Debbie Zimelman is an award-winning photographer living in Modiin, Israel, who specializes in documenting the lives of women in Israel.
State: Israel