WHO WE ARE

The Jewish Orthodox Women’s Medical Association (JOWMA) provides free health education to the entire Orthodox Jewish community and supports a network of current and future Jewish female physician leaders.

Our vision is a Jewish community who has easy access to culturally-sensitive and relevant health information, and can make informed medical decisions. Additionally, we envision a connection between all Jewish women physicians and physician trainees.

Our Programs

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In-Person Community Education

In-person educational series brought to community centers. Event programming is designed by our team of physician and physician trainees around topics that are relevant and requested by the  community.

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Virtual Health Education

Our virtual platform includes live webinar  events with Q&A sessions, our YouTube channel, podcast and hotline, all covering a wide variety of topics addressing community health  concerns. Our dedicated physician and physician trainee volunteers  tailor their materials to what they see as both physicians and community members of the Orthodox Jewish community, and  highlight topics specifically related to Teen Health, Mental Health, Pediatrics, and Women’s Health.

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Physician Support

Our physician support branch creates our virtual  and in-person programming related to creating opportunities, career advancement and education resources for our membership. This includes:

  • The JOWMA Annual Dinner and Symposium
  • CME-accredited Grand Rounds
  • Our annual Graduation Celebration
  • The Pre-med Committee virtual and in-person programming
  • JOWMA city branch networking events
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Team JOWMA

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CEO & Co-Founder

Miriam A. Knoll, MD
Radiation Oncology

Co-founder/CEO of JOWMA, Miriam “Mimi” Knoll, MD DABR, is a board-certified radiation oncologist at Advanced Radiation Oncology Services at Montefiore Nyack Hospital in New York. Dr Knoll received her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed her radiation oncology training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NY.

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Co-Founder & Past CEO

Eliana Fine, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Eliana Fine, MD is a second year obstetrics and gynecology resident at Stony Brook University Hospital. She graduated from Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University 3YMD Program in 2021. Prior to medical school, she obtained a bachelor’s degree at Stern College for Women.

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COO-CFO

Sheindel Ifrah Goldfeiz, DO
Pediatric Neurology

Sheindel (Ifrah) Goldfeiz, DO,  is a Pediatric Neurology resident physician at Rutgers Newark. After graduating with a BA in Elementary and Special Education, Dr. Goldfeiz taught middle school science for three years and subsequently completed a post-bac in basic sciences at Temple University. She graduated medical school from Touro College of Medicine. In her current role as COO-CFO of JOWMA, Dr. Goldfeiz works to promote accessibility to health education in the Jewish community, as well as increase support and opportunities for physicians at all stages of training. She has published work related to epidemiology, mentoring in STEMM, as well as ophthalmology, and is involved in ongoing cultural competency related research projects. She lives in Passaic, NJ with her husband and kids.

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Director of Health Education

Jennie Berkovich, DO
Pediatrician

Jennie Berkovich, DO, FAAP is the Director of Education. Jennie is a board certified pediatrician who loves being a mommy, running, biking and lifting heavy weights. She believes that movement is medicine!  “JOWMA gives me an opportunity to exercise my unique gifts and talents and allows me to be my most authentic self.

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Director Of QI

Ellie Carmody, MD
Infectious Disease

Dr. Ellie Carmody is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine.  She obtained her MD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian, Columbia University and Infectious Diseases fellowship at NYU…

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Creativity Director

Bryana Toran

Bryana is the Creative Director at JOWMA, and has been a graphic designer for over 13 years - though some might say her career began at the age of 12, obsessively designing her AOL profiles and AIM away messages (and yes, she knows how much that ages her). Bryana has worked for many Jewish non-profits over the years, but loves the female empowerment and community health awareness that JOWMA strives to achieve. She currently lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband and 4 children, and her happy place is at the beach.

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Digital Content Director

Adina Levitan

Adina Levitan, MS, CCLS is the Digital Content Director at JOWMA. Adina is excited to blend her background as a child life specialist with her experience as a photographer and film editor to produce high-quality health education materials for the Jewish community.

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Grants and Finance Manager

Shaindy Bressler

I am the bookkeeper for JOWMA. When I am not balancing the books I enjoy spending time with my kids and going to the gym. It is inspiring to work for JOWMA and to see…

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Community Outreach Coordinator

Onit Zisserman

Onit Zisserman is the JOWMA Community Outreach Coordinator. Her love for people and JOWMA’s cause make it a great job for this former preschool teacher.

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Director of Operations

Chaya Sarah Moody

Chaya Sarah (Bassman) Moody is honored to be joining JOWMA as Director of Operations.  Chaya Sarah, a Philadelphia native, received her BA in Broadcast Telecommunication Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Temple University.  She began her career running her own marketing agency specializing in supporting women entrepreneurs.  Chaya Sarah loves to empower women to balance all that they do, with efficiency and grace.  Her meticulous eye for creating streamlined processes, sensitivity to our niche, and vast experience in Jewish nonprofits, makes her a great fit for our team. Chaya Sarah and her family currently live in Passaic, NJ, and she looks forward to playing an integral part in the JOWMA community.

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Executive Assistant

Alyson Cook

Meet Alyson, the Executive Assistant at JOWMA. With a passion for organizational efficiency and team support, Alyson has over 10 years of experience in administrative roles within the Jewish non-profit sector. Known for her exceptional attention to detail and proactive problem-solving skills, Alyson is dedicated to streamlining operations and enhancing productivity at JOWMA. Outside of work, she loves the Peloton, traveling, and exploring new recipes in her kitchen.

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Physician advisory board

Sahar Wertheimer

MD, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Past President

Bat-Sheva Maslow

MD, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Past Chief Marketing Officer

Chana Weinstock Neuberger

MD, Medical Oncology
Past Vice President

Sherrie Neustein Orzel

MD, Pediatrics
Past Vice President

Sharon Stoll

DO, Neurology
Past Co-VP

Tal Weinberger

MD, Psychiatry
Past Co-VP

Ilana Marguilis

MD, Plastic Surgery
Past Treasurer

Sheindel Ifrah

OMS-IV
Past Treasurer

Jessica Goldman

MD, Radiology
Past Chief Development Officer

Jordana (Goldman) Levine

MD, Allergy and Immunology
Past Secretary

Mira Hellmann Ostrove

MD, Gynecologic Surgery
Past Secretary

Sarah Rosanel

MD, Cardiology
Past Treasurer

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

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Community Health Engagement
and Special Programs:

1

In-person
educational series

In-person educational series brought to community centers. Event programming is designed by our team of physician and physician trainees around topics that are relevant and requested by the  community.

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Mental Health
programming

In-person educational series brought to community centers. Event programming is designed by our team of physician and physician trainees around topics that are relevant and requested by the  community.

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Printed Educational
Materials & Editorials

Organized by our Director of Health Education, a board-certified Pediatrician, to bring requested community health materials to hospitals serving OrthodoxJewish communities.

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Infectious Disease
Prevention Task Force

Special programming to specifically address questions related to outbreaks and vaccines in the Orthodox Jewish community, ledby board certified InfectiousDisease physicians & Pediatricians.

Have a question about JOWMA programming?
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