Hadassah International proudly announces the appointment of Joyce Rabin as the Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America’s (HWZOA) National Chair of Hadassah International, succeeding Sherry Altura who has served in this role for the past 4½ years.

Joyce previously served on the Hadassah International Board of Directors during her term as Coordinator of Development for HWZOA. An experienced fundraiser, she has led fundraising workshops for many of our Hadassah International units, working with its leaders to help develop successful strategies to support their outreach to prospective donors.

During these past critical years, Joyce has represented Hadassah on the Hadassah Medical Organization’s (HMO) Board of Directors and has been instrumental in communicating to our members, leaders and donors the progress of the recovery program to bring HMO to financial stability. Joyce is especially proud to have developed the fundraising campaign to build the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower as its first Campaign Coordinator.

Please join us in welcoming Joyce to her new position. She will formally be elected to the Hadassah International Board of Directors in the spring as its Vice-President.

We are deeply thankful to Sherry Altura for her many years of service to Hadassah International; her passion and creativity, dedication, and leadership as President and Vice-President laid the foundations for a newer, fresher and more dynamic organization. She was responsible for electing a truly international team and broke the gender paradigms.  Sherry’s leadership as Vice-President is most appreciated.



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Moishe Sandler,  President, Hadassah International                                    Melissa Kaplan, Director Hadassah International




Joyce Rabin of New York, New York, is currently Hadassah Medical Organization Chair. She is a member of the HWZOA National Board, AND serves on the HMO Board of Directors.

Joyce is a past National HWZOA Vice-President. She previously served as the Coordinator of the Executive Division and the Hadassah Medical Organization Tower Campaign Coordinator.  Prior to this, she served as Coordinator of the Development Division and Chair of the Major Gifts Department. In addition, Joyce was Co-Chair of the 2005 HWZOA Convention in Washington, D.C. and was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. 

Joyce is a past Hadassah President of the Nassau Region on Long Island, New York. In her local Jewish community,  Joyce served as Program Chair of the Long Island Jewish Women’s Forum, on the Executive Board of the Five Towns Jewish Council, and as an active member of Temple Sinai of Long Island and the Long Island Women’s Division of State of Israel Bonds. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish National Fund for ten years.

Joyce holds a BS in Education from the University of Buffalo and a Master’s Degree from Brooklyn College.  She taught in the New York City Public School System for nine years before joining Hadassah in 1976.  After her first trip to Israel in 1981, Joyce knew that she wanted to devote her life to the work of Hadassah.

She and her husband, Jeffrey, have two daughters, Jennifer and Jill, who are part of a four-generation family of Life Members which include Joyce’s mother, her mother-in-law and her two granddaughters. Joyce and Jeff are Keepers of the Gate and members of the Society of Major Donors.