Overview

The Hadassah Speakers Bureau offers top-tier speakers and experts who can inspire and engage audiences on everything from antisemitism or Alzhiemer’s disease to women’s health and Zionism. Whether you’re looking to inspire your current members or attract new ones, whether you are hosting a synagogue gathering, or community event, we’ve got a speaker for you.

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Aileen Bormel

Mid-Atlantic

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.

Alan Ronkin

Mid-Atlantic

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.

Ann Eisenberg

Mid-Atlantic

Ann Berbert Eisenberg is Training Chair for the Philanthropy Division of Hadassah. She was President of Hadassah Southern Seaboard, of Hadassah Richmond, VA and of the Sabra Group.

Avis Dimond Miller

Mid-Atlantic

Rabbi Avis Dimond Miller is President of the Open Dor Foundation, whose purpose is to open the door to Jewish involvement through educational programs.

Barbara Spack

New York Tristate

Barbara B. Spack is the Coordinator of Hadassah National’s Executive Division. She previously served as the Young Judaea Hadassah Chair and is on the Honorary Council of Hadassah.

Bonnie Lipton

Midwest

Bonnie Lipton is a former National President of Hadassah, an Honorary Vice President, and a member of the Honorary Council of Hadassah.

Carol Ann Schwartz

Midwest

Carol Ann Schwartz of Cincinnati, Ohio, is National Secretary and serves on the Executive Committee of Hadassah.

Carol Goodman Kaufman

Northeast

Carol Goodman Kaufman is the Co-Chair of Youth Aliyah.

Chloé Valdary

New York Tristate

Chloé Valdary is an American writer, political activist, and Zionist.

Connie Baum Newman

New York Tristate

Dr. Connie Newman served as the President of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), an organization of women doctors and medical students.

Dana Waxler

South West

Dana Waxler is the National Annual Giving Co-Chair.

Debbie Zimelman

Israel

Debbie Zimelman is an award-winning photographer living in Modiin, Israel, who specializes in documenting the lives of women in Israel.

Debra Friedman

Mid-Atlantic

Debbie Friedman is a member of the National Portfolio Council and Training Co-Chair for the Philanthropy Division.

Diane Issenberg

Florida

Diane Issenberg is the Coordinator for the Philanthropy Division and is on Hadassah’s Honorary Council

Ellen Audet

Florida

Ellen Audet is a past President of the Gainesville, FL chapter, and a member of the Professional Nurses & Allied Health Council

Ellen Hershkin

New York Tristate

Ellen Hershkin is the Chair of Hadassah Israel Travel and the immediate past (26th) National President of Hadassah.

Ellyn Lyons

New York Tristate

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.

Fran Feldman

Northeast

Fran Feldman is the Co-Coordinator of Hadassah National’s Marketing & Communications Division.

Gail Hammerman

New York Tristate

Gail Hammerman is a National Vice President. She has previously served as a National Secretary.

Gil Hoffman

Israel

Gil Hoffman has been the chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post for 20 years.

Gil Troy

Israel

Gil Troy is an award-winning American presidential historian and a leading Zionist activist.

Gilat Yeye

Israel

Gilat Yeye is the Head Nurse at Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem.

Janice Weinman Shorenstein

New York Tristate

Dr. Janice Weinman Shorenstein is the Executive Director/CEO of Hadassah.

Joel S. Policzer

Florida

Dr. Joel S. Policzer is Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of hospice and palliative medicine services,

Joshua W. Rednik

New York Tristate

Joshua W. Rednik is Chief Development Officer for Hadassah, and the director of the Philanthropy Division.

Judy Shereck

New York Tristate

Judy Shereck is the Zionist Advocacy Chair.

Kacy Spivack

Southeast

Kacy Spivack is the Chair of Data & Impact Center.

Karen Ezrine

Florida

Dr. Karen Ezrine is the Chair of Hadassah International.

Karen Paikin Barall

Mid-Atlantic

Karen Paikin Barall is the Director of the Government Relations Office at Hadassah, acting as Hadassah's chief lobbyist in Washington DC.

Libby Weiss

Israel

Captain (res.) Libby Weiss is a strategic communicator and expert on media coverage of Israel.

Lisa Hostein

Mid-Atlantic

Lisa Hostein is the Executive Editor of Hadassah Magazine.

Marcia Gabrilove Ladin

New York Tristate

Marcia Gabrilove Ladin is a National Vice President and a member of the Hadassah National Assembly.

Marcie Natan

New York Tristate

Marcie Natan is the Co-Chair of Youth Aliyah and a Past National President of Hadassah.

Marlene Edith Post

New York Tristate

Marlene Edith Post is a past National President of Hadassah and is the current Chair of Hadassah Magazine.

Maureen (Miki) Schulman

Florida

Maureen (Miki) Schulman is currently serving as the Chair of the National 360 Degrees of Healing Campaign.

Merna Shapiro

Florida

Merna Shapiro is the Coordinator of Engagement Division and is a member of the Governance, Ethics and Strategic Planning Committees.

Michael D. Cohen

New York Tristate

Michael D. Cohen currently serves as Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Michele Rubin

Midwest

Michele Rubin currently serves as Chair of the National Membership Department.

Mindy Bloom

Mid-Atlantic

Mindy Petock Bloom is a member of Hadassah’s National Board.

Nancy Falchuk

Northeast

Nancy Falchuk was the 24th Hadassah National President, a former National Chair of Hadassah Magazine, and a founding member of Hadassah Medical Organization.

Nancy Golin Wiadro

Florida

Nancy Golin Wiadro is the National Major Gifts Chair.

Nancy Rapoport

Mid-Atlantic

Nancy Rapoport of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania is the Co-Chair of the Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Council.

Naomi J. Brunnlehrman

New York Tristate

Naomi J. Brunnlehrman is the Director of Hadassah’s Education and Advocacy Division.

Pamela S. Nadell

Mid-Atlantic

Pamela S. Nadell holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University where she directs the Jewish Studies Program.

Peg Elefant

West Coast

Peg Elefant is currently a Hadassah National Board member.

Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu

New York Tristate

Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu is Hadassah’s Director of the Engagement Division.

Rhoda Smolow

New York Tristate

Rhoda Smolow is currently the 27th National President of Hadassah. She previously served as the Hadassah National Secretary.

Ruth Ann Freedman

Midwest

Dr. Ruth Ann Freedman is the Philanthropy Division Vice Coordinator. She previously served as a National Vice President of Hadassah.

Ruth Gursky

New York Tristate

Ruth Gursky is on the National Assembly as a member of the Youth Aliyah Team.

Sandy Einberg

West Coast

Sandra (Sandy) Einberg is currently the Resource Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Geographic Area.

Saralyn Mark

Mid-Atlantic

Dr. Saralyn Mark, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women's health specialist, is a Senior Director, Leadership Development Faculty for The Advisory Board.

Starr Mirza

Mid-Atlantic

Starr Mirza is an advocate for women’s cardiovascular health and a heart disease survivor herself.

Stephanie Z. Bonder

New York Tristate

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.

Sue Polansky

Northeast

Sue Polansky from Longmeadow, Massachussetts is the Zionist Affairs Team Leader (Education and Advocacy).

Susan Lafer

Florida

Susan Lafer is Co-Chair of the Hadassah Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Council and the Past President of Hadassah Florida Central.

Tracey Drayer

New York Tristate

Tracey Drayer is President of the Nassau Region and the Chair of Grassroots Fundraising.

Viviane Kovacs

New York Tristate

Viviane Kovacs is Coordinator of the Philanthropy Division and the immediate past vice coordinator of the division.

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