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 PRAZE (PRogramming, Advocacy, Zionism & Education) 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, HMO Update, Volunteerism, Advocacy
Sandra (Sandy) Einberg is currently the Resource Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Geographic Area.
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, the 26th National President of Hadassah, began her term January 1, 2016. Prior to her election, she was the Coordinator of the PRAZE (PRogramming, Advocacy, Zionism & Education) Division.
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: 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: 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: HMO Update, Volunteerism, Women's Health & Wellness, Youth Aliyah & Young Judaea, Advocacy
Nancy Rapoport of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania is the Co-Chair of the Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Council.
State: Mid-Atlantic
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: 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 Vice President 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, she serves as a Hadassah National Vice President and is a member of the Governance, Ethics and Strategic Planning Committees.
State: Florida
Topics: Israel Update, Youth Aliyah & Young Judaea, Advocacy
Judy Shereck is the Coordinator of the PRAZE Division (Programming, Advocacy, Zionism and Education).
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 Member & Unit Services 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 the 27th National President of Hadassah, beginning her term January 1, 2020, after having 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: 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