Hadassah Announces New Executive Committee Members

Tuesday, March 30, 2021


Alix Friedman


Melissa Cohen


March 30, 2021: New York, NY – Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), announces that Shelley Kaplan and Michelle Hubertus have begun their terms as National Vice President and National Treasurer, respectively, on the Executive Committee of Hadassah’s National Board, the organization’s governing body.

Kaplan is a 32-year Hadassah volunteer leader from Ocean, NJ, who has sat on the Board since 2006 and was National Treasurer from 2018 to 2020. She is also a board member of Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) and a former board member of Hadassah International. Kaplan serves on Hadassah’s Oversight and Compliance and National Finance committees, chaired Hadassah’s National Speakers Bureau and Major Gifts Committee, vice-chaired the National Major Gifts Committee and was Region President of Hadassah Southern New Jersey. Kaplan and her husband, Sheldon, are members of the Society of Major Donors and Keepers of the Gate.  She succeeds Merna Shapiro.

Hubertus is a 23-year Hadassah volunteer leader from Short Hills, NJ, who has sat on the Board since 2018 and is also a director of Hadassah International. She has served on a variety of Board subcommittees, as Membership Coordinator for Hadassah’s Northern New Jersey Region and as President of Hadassah’s Millburn Short Hills chapter. She and her husband, James, are Hadassah Founders and Keepers of the Gate. A former Hadassah Leadership Fellow, Hubertus succeeds Kaplan in this position.

Said Rhoda Smolow, President of Hadassah: “Shelley and Michelle exemplify Hadassah’s motto, ‘Women Who Do.’ It is because of the dedication, enthusiasm and energy of women like them that Hadassah is able to realize its mission of providing outstanding medical care through our hospitals in Israel, fighting antisemitism, promoting Zionism and advancing the cause of women’s health.”

In addition to the new Executive Committee officers, these Hadassah members were elected to the National Board: Liz Alpert, Stephanie Z. Bonder, Tracey Drayer, Lisa Davidson, Linda Goldstein, Dianne Gottlieb, Haren Haber, Roz Kantor, Viviane Kovacs, Rebecca Krasnegor, Valerie Lowenstein, Dr. Stacey Maslow, Michele Rubin, Kacy Spivack, Anastasia Torres-Gil, Laurie Werner, Elaine Winograd and Deborah Wiskind.

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Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, Associates, and supporters, Hadassah brings women together to effect change and advocate on such critical issues as ensuring the security of Israel, combating antisemitism, and promoting women’s health. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization's (HMO) two hospitals in Jerusalem, Hadassah delivers exemplary patient care to over a million people every year and supports world-renowned medical research. HMO serves without regard to race, religion, or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize Nomination in 2005 for building “bridges to peace.” Additionally, Hadassah supports several Youth Aliyah villages that set at-risk children in Israel on the path to a successful future. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.