Gold Medal Paralympian, Entrepreneur, Mother, Israeli Force of Nature


Hosted by Atlanta

Keren Leibovitch during the Paralympics

Thursday, February 11, 2021

1:00 pm (ET) / 10:00 am (PT)


Join Jewish National Fund's Women for Israel to meet one of today’s most inspirational Israeli women. Keren Leibovitch is a world class swimmer: three-time world champion, five-time European champion, holder of three world records, and eight-time Paralympic medal winner, including four golds. Join us as Jewish National Fund opens a window to her extraordinary worlds of athleticism, motherhood, and entrepreneurship to help others with disabilities overcome adversity.


This complimentary event is part of the Women for Israel: Continuing the Journey series open to all donors who have contributed $360+ to the 2021 Women’s campaign.


Thanks to the generosity of the Bookbinder Family Foundation and the Fineberg Foundation, all gifts made to our work with special needs and disabilities during the month of February will be matched.* 


* up to $1 million 

Featured Guest Speaker


Keren Leibovitch

Gold Medal Paralympian and Entrepreneur

Keren Leibovitch is a gold-medal winning Paralympic athlete. During her service in the Israel Defense Forces, she broke her back and was paralyzed from the waist down. After two major back surgeries and three years in the hospital, the only sport she could compete in was swimming. Leibovitch swam in the 2000 Sydney Paralympics where she set world records in the 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter freestyle events. Leibovitch competed again in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics, earning one more gold medal, two silver and a bronze. Remarkably, due in-part to her training regiment, Leibovich learned to walk again. Today, she owns a Pilates studio catering to individuals with and without disabilities.  

Moderated By

Teddi Sanford

Peabody Award Winner

 In Keren’s honor, we will be raising money for Jewish National Fund's Partner Program in Israel, LOTEM-Making Nature Accessible. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to support the critical in-service training, which trains professionals on how best to integrate those with special needs into Israeli society.

Click HERE to hear from Keren leading up to the event. 

Event Chairs

Jackie Goldstein
Cheryl Morrison

Event Ambassadors

Ilene Adler ∙ Caryn Berzack ∙ Laurie Besmertnik ∙ Justine Cohen ∙ Delilah Cohen ∙ Dorian Denburg

Romi Elkounovitch ∙ Vanessa Frank ∙ Diane Heller ∙ Michelle Horesh ∙ Barbara Kaplan ∙ Laurie Landy

Sharon Levison ∙ Barbara Lincoln ∙ Mira Liniado ∙ Lynne Merriam ∙ Nina Paul ∙ Aviva Postelnik

Laura Schilling ∙ Cheryl Simonoff ∙ Helaine Sugarman ∙ Marlene Sukiennik ∙ Roni Wolk

More Information

Beth Gluck, Executive Director, Greater Atlanta

[email protected] or 404.236.8990 x851



For additional upcoming Women for Israel events, visit jnf.org/ondemand