Jewish Orthodox Women's Medical Association



JOWMA is a 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization dedicated to providing support, mentorship, and networking opportunities to Jewish female physician, trainees, and pre-med students, as well as providing preventative health education, women's health education, and patient advocacy to the Orthodox Jewish Community.

Become a part of the JOWMA community today by signing up for membership!


A series of introductory classes on women's health by your community physicians.

Monthly Zoom Webinar Courses 






- Anatomy

- Routine Health Screening

- Contraception Pearls

- Sexual Health



- Pregnancy

- Infertility

- Miscarriage



- Egg Freezing

- Contraception

- Abnormal Bleeding

- Pelvic Pain




JOWMA has compiled informational podcasts and documents to keep community members informed and safe. Click the links below to read our response efforts, Mikvah guidance, as well as listen to our podcasts regarding COVID-19. All information we provide is guided by the most recent guidelines from the Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.


NEW! Check out our most recent COVID19 guidelines, so we can all work together to keep our communities safe and open!


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!


Every Thursday, as an extension of the Preventative Health Hotline, JOWMA releases podcasts, so that you can stay informed on the latest health topics, while preparing for Shabbat, or commuting back from work!

Now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Breaker, PocketCasts, and RadioPublic.


  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.

  6. The JOWMA Preventative Health Committee has launched a successful hotline and podcast to distribute accurate and up-to-date healthcare information to the Orthodox Jewish community. 




In the Spring of 2019, we partnered with the NYC Department of Health and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York to create the JOWMA Preventative Health Vaccination Initiative; a response to the recent measles outbreak in Orthodox neighborhoods in New York. The anonymous hotline fielded 100+ calls per day from patients from the community and arranged for private in-home vaccinations staffed by JOWMA physician volunteers. Hundreds of callers listened to messages about vaccine development and safety and the dangers of vaccine preventable illnesses. JOWMA volunteers answered dozens of e-mails, calls, and text messages about vaccines and spent countless hours debunking anti-vaccine myths and helping Jewish families get vaccinated.

Now that the Measles outbreak in NY has subsided, due to overwhelming requests from the Jewish community, we have re-established the JOWMA Community Health Hotline with a new phone number (929-4-GEZUNT or 929-443- 9868), and will offer recordings on a wide variety of health topics, ranging from vaccine education to injury and illness prevention to mental health screenings to nutrition and pediatrics and elder care. Our messages are created by volunteers within the medical field and are specifically geared to the Jewish Orthodox community in a culturally- sensitive manner. The hotline launched with original recordings on the HPV vaccine, post-partum depression, childhood behavioral health, Chanukah fire safety, and flu prevention. We will continue to add more topics as we build a health education repository that is uniquely tailored to the health needs of the Orthodox Jewish community.

For more info, to provide a recording, or to volunteer, please email Dr. Alisa Minkin and Sheindel Ifrah Goldfeiz at

The goals of the committee are to:

1. Provide women's health, reproductive health, and sexual health education to the Orthodox Jewish community.

2. Empower women in their ability to make educated healthcare decisions and provide them with the resources and tools they need to do so.

3. Advance the careers of Jewish female OBGYN physicians, sub-specialists, and trainees.


As part of this committee, we created the JOWMA Women's Health Initiative Virtual Webinar Series, a set of introductory classes on women's health with Q&A sessions for women and girls provided by female physicians from within the Orthodox Jewish community. 

We are always looking for more physicians and trainees interested in promoting women's health to join this committee. For more info or to volunteer, please email Dr. Sahar Wertheimer and Miriam Andrusier at

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 Jewish women who are pursuing a career in medicine.


Our physician mentors are from all different fields of medicine and we try our best to match mentees to mentors according to their medical interests. To date, we have 70 matches made! 


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 Dr. Mira Hellmann-Ostrov and Sheindel Ifrah Goldfeiz at

Preventative Health Committee

Providing preventative health education and resources to the Jewish community.

Women's Health Committee

Providing women's health, reproductive health, and sexual health education  and resources to the Jewish Community.

Mentorship Program

Providing mentorship and support to Jewish female physician, trainees, and
pre-medical students.


For more information or to get involved

General Contact Info:

For general inquiries, sponsorship and partnership opportunities, and to get more involved in JOWMA, please contact:

Eliana Fine, MD Candidate 2021, JOWMA CEO

Mentoring Committee:

For more information about the JOWMA Mentorship Program, please contact:

Mira Hellmann-Ostrov, MD, JOWMA Secretary and Chair of Mentorship Committee

Sheindel Ifrah Goldfeiz, DO Candidate 2024, Vice-Chair of Mentoring Committee 

Preventative Health Committee:

Formore information about the JOWMA Preventative Health Committee, the JOWMA Preventative Health Hotline and Podcast, please contact:

Alisa Minkin, MD, Co-Chair of Preventative Health Committee

Sheindel Ifrah Goldfeiz, DO Candidate 2024, Co-Chair of Preventative Health Committee


Women's Health Committee:

For more information about the JOWMA Women's Health Committee and how to become part of our women's health resources guide for patients as a physician or non-profit Jewish organization that supports women's health/women's health education,
please contact:

Sahar Wertheimer, MD, Chair of Women's Health Committee

Miriam Andrusier, MD Candidate 2021, Vice Chair of Women's Health Committe

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