Hadassah has appointed Yael Shmookler as the director of development for the Georgia portion of the Southeastern Region, as well as for the organization’s Southern and Florida Central regions.

Shmookler, who lives in Tampa, is responsible for initiating and supporting a program of individual major gifts in each Hadassah region. She will solicit major gifts and work with volunteer leaders to identify and seek donations from major givers.

“Shmookler’s fundraising expertise will be an invaluable asset to Hadassah as we cultivate annual giving and individual major gifts, increase corporate and foundation giving, and expand our volunteer leadership prospects in support of Hadassah’s two world-class hospitals in Jerusalem as well as our groundbreaking medical research,” Hadassah Executive Director and CEO Janice Weinman said in a statement Sept. 6.

Shmookler was born in Haifa and was raised in Tampa. She previously worked in fundraising for the Jewish Agency for Israel across the Southeast.

She and her husband, Edward, have two young children.