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Jewish Orthodox Women's Medical Association



JOWMA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and advancing the careers of Orthodox Jewish female physicians. We aim to develop leadership and education, while cultivating networking and mentoring opportunities within the Jewish female community. 

Since JOWMA's inception in April 2019:

  1. We hosted an inaugural event with over 100 physicians, trainees, and pre-medical students.

  2. We partnered with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to create the 100% free and confidential JOWMA vaccination hotline to increase acces to the MMR vaccine. The original hotline was then expanded to create the JOWMA Preventative Health Education Hotline and features up to date, reliable and accurate health information. To date, the hotline has received over 1,000 calls.

  3. We launched a membership platform that now includes a base of over 200 Jewish female physicians, fellows/residents, medical students, pre-medical students and high school students interested in medicine.

  4. We hosted our first annual JOWMA Symposium 2020, which was attended by over 200 Jewish female physicians, trainees, and pre-medical students for a day of professional development, continuing medical education, as well as mentoring and networking opportunities.

  5. JOWMA is now in the midst of launching a two-part webinar learning series focused on pertinent health education topics within the Jewish community. Each webinar will contain 2 parts: the first dedicated toward healthcare professionals, while the second is intended for the community. Our first webinar series will discuss HPV and highlight important aspects of the HPV virus, disease, and vaccine prevention.

The JOWMA Inaugural Event:



Our Jewish Preventive Health Committee focuses on responding to public health issues within the Jewish community. Our first goal is to help stop the current measles outbreak within the community by working with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide free and confidential vaccination services to families in Boro Park and Williamsburg. We are establishing a confidential hotline that community members can call to ask for their children to be vaccinated in the privacy of their own homes (i.e. without having to worry about the logistics of getting a large family to the doctor's office or about possible criticism from anti-vaccine neighbors), and then physician volunteers from the committee will go to the family's home to provide MMR vaccines and health education. 

For more info, or to volunteer, please email Maureen Nemetski, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, at  health@jowma.org

Our Community Education Committee focuses on providing health education and awareness to the Jewish community. Our first initiative is to create a webinar series featuring important updates and resources on a variety of topics related to health issues that are pertinent to the Jewish community. Our first webinar will feature the HPV vaccine.

For more info, or to volunteer, please email info@jowma.org

Our Mentorship Program focuses on matching residents, medical students, pre-medical students, and high school students interested in medicine with established, well-known physician mentors. The goal of our Mentorship Program is to provide mentorship, career counseling, guidance, research opportunities, networking, and general support to religious Jewish women who are pushing a career in medicine. Our physician mentors are from all different fields of medicine and we will mentees to mentors according to their medical interests. Please note, our Mentorship Program is only available to active members.

For more info, or to sign up as a mentor or mentee, please email mentoring@jowma.org

Jewish Preventative Health Committee

Providing preventative health services to the Jewish community.

Community Education

Providing health education and awareness to the Jewish community.


Providing mentorship and support to religious Jewish female physicians and trainees.


NEW! The JOWMA Preventative Health Hotline

THe JOWMA Preventative Health Hotline aims to educate listeners about relevant topics such as safety and injury prevention, mental health resources, vaccine safety and more!

Call 929-4- GEZUNT now!

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