Halachic Organ donor Society, 3926 W. Touhy Ave, Suite #365, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712-1028. Phone: 646-599-3895, Email: office@hods.org


The following speakers are available to lecture on organ donation and brain death in Halacha. Contact office@hods.org to arrange a speaking engagement.



Robby Berman, Founder & Director
Jerusalem, Israel

Robert Berman has an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from Baruch College, and a BA from Yeshiva University in economics. He is also a graduate of Gruss Kollel and Yeshivat Hakotel. Mr. Berman has been a social activist for many Jewish causes, and was a freelance journalist published in New York Magazine, the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Week, Moment Magazine and the Jerusalem Report. He is the founder and director of the Halachic Organ Donor Society.


Shepard Schwartz, M.D., President
Efrat, Israel

Dr. Shimshon Schwartz obtained his B.A. from Yeshiva College in 1982 and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1986. He is currently attending chief for the pediatric emergency room in Sharei Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem. Dr. Schwartz also has a private pediatric practice in Jerusalem, and during the summer he is a physician at Camp HASC in upstate New York.


Harold Perl, M.D.
Teaneck, NJ

Dr. Harold Perl received his B.A. from Yeshiva College in 1972 and his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1975. He is presently the Director of Neonatology at Hackensack University Medical Center. He is a founding member of the Bioethics Committee at H.U.M.C. In addition he serves as the Medical Director of the SIDS Center of New Jersey. He maintains an academic appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


Dina Najman, Bioethicist
Bronx, NY

Dina Najman received her B.A. from Yeshiva University in 1990. She was a fellow at Drisha Institute in New York and Nishmat Institute in Jerusalem. She is a certified Bioethicist through the N.Y.U./Einstein Bioethics and Medical Humanities program (1998). Dina lectures on Bioethics and halacha in many communities and has taught in Nishmat, Drisha and Ma’ayanot High School.


Yossi Goldberger, M.D.
Skokie, IL

Dr. Jeffrey Goldberger obtained his B.S. from M.I.T. in 1980 and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1984. He is currently the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University.


Noam Stadlan, M.D.
Skokie, IL

Dr. Noam Stadlan received his B.S from the University of Maryland in 1984 and his M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1988.  He is currently a Neurosurgeon and Director of Spine Surgery at the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery & Neuroresearch, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Rush Medical College in Chicago.