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, 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: 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, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Women's Empowerment
Fran Feldman is the Co-Coordinator of Hadassah National’s Marketing & Communications Division.
State: Northeast
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: Hadassah Update, Israel Update, Women's Empowerment
Lisa Hostein is the Executive Editor of Hadassah Magazine.
State: Mid-Atlantic
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: Women's Health & Wellness, Women's Empowerment, Advocacy
Starr Mirza is an advocate for women’s cardiovascular health and a heart disease survivor herself.
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: 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: 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: Hadassah Update, Fundraising, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Women's Health & Wellness, Women's Empowerment, Youth Aliyah & Young Judaea, Advocacy
Merna Shapiro presently serves as a Hadassah National Vice President and is a member of the Governance, Ethics and Strategic Planning Committees.
State: Florida
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: Hadassah Update, Fundraising, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Women's Empowerment
Kacy Spivack is the Coordinator of the Engagement Division.
State: Southeast
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, 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, 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