IsraAID Humanitarian Professionals Network


Are You Interested In Humanitarian Relief, International Development, and Disaster Response?

Join the IsraAID Humanitarian Professionals Network (IHPN)!

The Humanitarian Professionals Network is an international collective concerned with local and global humanitarian aid, and with IsraAID’s recovery work. Members receive briefings and trainings on humanitarian relief, international development and disaster response topics from Israeli experts. Founded in 2001, IsraAID is an Israel- based international NGO and Humanitarian Aid Agency that has done emergency rescue and recovery work in 51 countries.

IHPN members are leaders, volunteers, and professionals in the medical, dental, mental health, engineering, and other sectors (i.e. photographers, writers, interior designers, educators, and etc.) who are passionate about humanitarian issues and interested in supporting efforts domestically and around the world with IsraAID.

  • Gain Knowledge: Increase your understanding of the humanitarian aid landscape, disaster preparedness, and related topics.
  • Be Prepared: Understand how to respond to disasters. Gain access to expert trainings, briefings, and workshops from IsraAID experts from the ground.
  • Network: Make connections with like minded professionals committed to making an impact. We are currently offering in-person briefings and events in Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area and online via webinars.  
  • Volunteer: Learn about deployment opportunities with IsraAID.

Click here to join the network

Want to respond when a local disaster hits the U.S.? Join our IsraAID Humanitarian Volunteers Network, open to any volunteer. Post-disaster debris removal & home rebuilding. Click here to apply.

Upcoming Events:

See our calendar for a list of upcoming events and webinars in your area!


Contact IHPN Director, Farah Shamolian.

IHPN is Endorsed By:

  • American Israeli Medical AssociationAmerican Israeli Medical Association
  • AJC: American Jewish CommitteeAJC: American Jewish Committee
  • career up nowCareerUP NOW
  • Cedars Sinai AcceleratorCedars Sinai Accelerator
  • The Center for Professional Development, New YorkThe Center for Professional Development, New York
  • Dental Volunteers for IsraelDental Volunteers for Israel
  • Henry ScheinHenry Schein
  • The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management DepartmentThe City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department
  • national voluntary organizations active in disasterNational VOAD: Puerto Rico + NY + Los Angeles
  • Jewish Family and Children's ServicesJewish Family and Children's Services

Generously Supported By:

Seed funding provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles - Click to learn more Koret foundationLisa & Douglas Goldman Fund

”IsraAID is the purest relief work possible.”

Dr. Lior Tamir - Dentist & Founder, Bloom Dental Group

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IHPN LA Task Force:

  • Dr. Sharon Merkin, Epidemiologist & Associate Professor, UCLA
  • Dr. Diana Katsman, Retinal Surgeon, Retina Institute of California
  • Dr. Daniel Lieber, Oncologist
  • Esther Stein, Community leader
  • Dr. Alexander Stein, Thoracic surgeon
  • Leslie Kessler, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Providence St. John’s
  • Dr. Alon Frydman, DDS  
  • Dr. Lucy Uber, Pediatrician
  • Ben Drillings, American Israeli Medical Association
  • Bradley Cook, CareerUp Now
  • Rachel Bartur, LCSW, Therapist
  • Tammi Weinstein, Volunteer Coordinator at Cedars Sinai
  • Arielle Hanien, PsyD, SEP, Rabbi and Psychologist

IHPN SF Task Force:

IHPN Task Force Co-Chair: Aaron Tartakovsky, Co-founder & CEO, Epic Clean Tech

  • Hagit Zeev, MA, LMFT
  • Orit Atzmon, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
  • Sabrina Braham, MD, Pediatrician
  • Lior Tamir, DDS, Bloom Dental Group
  • Lisa Himelstein, MS, LMFT
  • Danielle Kamis,M.D.  Psychiatrist
  • David Cornfield,MD, Physician Scientist
  • Eta Somekh, IsraAID Board Member
  • Martin Bronk, MD, FACS, General Surgeon
  • Adean Golub, Founder and Principal at Rachel and Moe
  • Amy Friedkin, Community Leader
  • Michelle Sandberg, M.D., Pediatrician
  • Steven Sloan, M.D. ENT Doctor
  • Monica Kuniyoshi, Chief Marketing Officer, Gunderson Dettmer
  • Carmen Encino Steinberg, LMFT
  • Afik Faerman, PhD student
  • Ellen Brown M.D., Hospice and Palliative care physician

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IHPN In The News:

IsraAID Seeks Local Volunteer Experts

IsraAID launching new aid initiative to train medical, mental-health professionals

IsraAID starts Humanitarian Professionals Network in US

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