EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER
Elana (Bekerman) Frank, MPA
Elana Frank, a native of Atlanta, GA lived, studied, and worked in Maryland, Manhattan, Israel, and New Jersey. Elana is quite vocal about her fertility struggle and her desire to help others. Elana has 20 years of experience working with non-profits (in America and in Israel) in fundraising, marketing, community outreach, volunteer recruitment, Board development and program development.
The Jewish Fertility Foundation was “birthed” by Elana Frank, an Atlanta native and current resident. It took her ten years and countless rounds of IUI and IVF cycles and embryo donation to make three babies. Because she was a resident of Israel at that time of her first two children, their socialized medicine afforded her the opportunity to inexpensively reach a solution. When she returned to the US, she realized that others weren’t as lucky as her - in terms of treatment success, community support, and financial aid. She learned for others it takes years, miscarriages, unbearable debt, oceans of tears, and heartache before finally giving birth, if at all. And with the cost of IVF ranging on average from $14,000 - $25,000 in America many don’t even have a chance for a chance. Knowing that there was this grave need for funding, support and enhanced awareness of this sometimes “unspoken” issue in the Jewish community, she decided to create Jewish Fertility Foundation.