Olga Meshoe, featured speaker of Washington and the CEO of Defend Embrace Invest (in) Support Israel (DEISI), left, and Lauren Iselin, Capital Region Women for Israel chairwoman and board president. Photos courtesy of Joan Heffler.

Approximately, 200 philanthropic “wonder women” recently united in solidarity with the people of Israel at the Jewish National Fund-USA’s “Female Voices For Our Homeland” event at the Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, according to President and Women for Israel Chairwoman Lauren Iselin.

Some of the attendees included back row from left: Chanie Simon, Judy Kahn, Jody Ference, Linda Mandel, Lianne Pinchuk, Diane Burman, and Jewish National Fund-USA Executive Director Sara Hefez.
Front row from left: Jessica Richer, Debbie Ratner, Lauren Iselin, JNF-USA Capital Region Women for Israel chairwoman and board president; Lisa Finkle and Lisa Packer. Photos courtesy of Joan Heffler.

South African Zionist Olga Meshoe Washington, the CEO of Defend Embrace Invest (in) Support Israel (DEISI), was the keynote speaker.

The organization’s second annual Women for Israel reception in the Capital Region local co-chairwomen  were Jody Ference, Judy Kahn, Lisa Packer, and Debbie Ratner.

From left, Barbara Weinstein, Laura Weisblatt, Susan Ungerman, Paula Mosher, Lee Brice and Andrea Leighton.Photos courtesy of Joan Heffler.

The “Female Voices for Our Homeland” program also highlighted Jewish National Fund-USA’s ongoing work to support the land and people of Israel, including its Livnot B’Yachad —Build Together initiative, which is providing the infrastructure and quality of life needed to allow residents to feel safe coming home.

From left, Debbie Rather, Amy Solomon, and Diane Berman.

Information about upcoming events in the Capital Region, may be obtained by contacting Sara Hefez, executive director, New England and the NY  Capital Region, at [email protected] or by calling 617-423-0999, ext. 811.