Press release | Oct 19, 2022 — Hadassah Appoints Judith T. Alperin Chief Development Officer

NEW YORK, NY: October 19, 2022 – Hadassah, the Zionist Women’s Organization of America, is pleased to announce that Judith T. Alperin has been appointed Director of Development. Alperin, who will lead a team of 90 philanthropy professionals and volunteer leaders across the country, will report to Chief Executive Naomi Adler and be a member of Hadassah’s leadership team. The position takes effect on November 3.

In addition to leading Hadassah’s Philanthropy division, Alperin will partner with Adler to solicit and manage major gifts. She will work closely with senior volunteer leaders Viviane Kovacs and Ruth Ann Freedman, National Coordinator and Vice Division Coordinator, respectively, who play a critical role in shaping Hadassah’s fundraising effort, and with Deputy Director of Development Max Winer.

Alperin will also collaborate with Hadassah’s overseas operations. She will work with Hadassah’s offices in Israel and Hadassah International, Hadassah’s global philanthropic arm, to raise funds to support the work of Hadassah Medical Organization, Hadassah’s medical center in Jerusalem. Increasing donations to Hadassah Youth Aliya villages will be another key area of ​​focus. Campus-like communities offer comprehensive services to at-risk Israeli teens and young immigrants from places in the world where it is no longer safe to be Jewish.

Alperin comes to Hadassah after nearly seven years as CEO of the Jewish Federation, Foundation and JCC of Greater New Haven. During her tenure, she completed the integration of the Federation and New Haven JCC into a single $10 million operation with a staff of 250. In 2021, the Federation adopted a strategic plan based on the results of an Alperin-led review, visioning and community planning process.

From 2011 to 2016, Alperin served as deputy executive director of the Jewish Federation of Lehigh Valley in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Among many other accomplishments, she led an annual campaign that raised $2.3 million despite the economic downturn of 2008 and secured 16 donations of $100,000 or more from Lions of Judah members in the Jewish Federation of North America, a group of women who are philanthropic leaders committed to supporting the Jewish community. From 2005 to 2011, Alperin was associate director of development for the Lehigh Federation, then director of development.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Judy as our new Director of Development,” said Rhoda Smolow, National President of Hadassah. “She is a dynamic leader and a prodigious fundraiser who understands what it takes to support Hadassah’s work to support Israel, fight anti-Semitism, advocate for women’s healthcare and help raise funds. our hospitals in Israel need to do their exemplary work.”

Added Adler, CEO of Hadassah“Judy is fortunate to have a strong and experienced management team led by National Coordinator Viviane Kovacs, Vice Coordinator Ruth Ann Freedman and Deputy Director of Development Max Winer, who has done an outstanding job as Director of interim development over the past nine months.”

“I am thrilled to join Hadassah,” said Alpine. “As Chief Development Officer, I will be able to put everything I have learned in my previous functions at the service of a mission in which I am personally, as well as professionally, committed. And in Naomi Adler, I will have a partner fundraiser whose vision and passion inspires everyone she meets.”

Alperin received a BS in political science from Rutgers University and is an Executive Leadership Fellow with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. She was selected for the first cohort of the Jewish Federation of North America Fundraising University (2012-2014). An accomplished baker and entrepreneur, she founded and ran Sweetiepies, a dessert company, before becoming a professional philanthropist.


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, HWZOA unites women to bring about change and advocate on critical issues such as Israel’s security, the fight against anti-Semitism and the promotion of women’s health. Through the two Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) hospitals in Jerusalem, HWZOA helps support both exemplary care for more than one million people each year and world-renowned medical research. HMO serves regardless of race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005 for building bridges to peace through medicine. Additionally, HWZOA supports several Youth Aliyah Villages that put at-risk children in Israel on the path to a prosperous future. For more information, visit or follow Hadassah on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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