Janice Weinman will receive the 2018 Pamela Claman Award from the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) on Dec. 12 at their North American Momentum Conference in College Park, MD, announced JWRP President Andrea Shlipak Mail.
Shlipak Mail states, “The Pamela Claman Award is presented to an international role model who has significantly impacted the Jewish world with inspired leadership. For over 100 years, Hadassah has empowered women to make a difference for Israel and the global Jewish community. Last year, Dr. Weinman showed tremendous vision by launching a partnership between Hadassah and JWRP which has expanded both organization’s reach and impact.”
Weinman states, “Both Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., (HWZOA) and JWRP share a common goal of ensuring that Jewish women carry on the traditions of our people and our homeland. When we learned JWRP’s Momentum trip exposes Jewish women to spirituality, Jewish life and Israel, we thought the partnership was a perfect match. We’ve seen an amazing impact, with women returning from their Momentum trip feeling enlightened, energized and committed to maintaining a Jewish home and fulfilling the goals of Jewish continuity.
“We’ve seen these women gel as a group and assume leadership roles in their communities after their Momentum trip. Together, Hadassah and JWRP can create a generation of women who are committed and knowledgeable to Israel and Jewish values,” Weinman continues.
“The mission to Israel was only the beginning. The journey continues with a year of learning, growing and creating change using the inspirational and educational resources that JWRP offers with the Year of Growth curriculum. These educational programs empower our Hadassah women to strengthen their relationships to their Jewish roots by focusing on Israel, Jewish culture, history and making a difference in the world.”
Janice Weinman was appointed Executive Director / CEO of Hadassah in 2012. She came directly from her post as President of K.I.D.S., an organization supporting millions of children in need in communities across the United States and overseas. Prior to her position at K.I.D.S., she served as Vice President for External Affairs of The Mount Sinai Hospital / NYU Medical Center and Health System in New York. Weinman also previously served as Executive Director and of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She served in both the Carter and Clinton administrations.
Among the many leadership positions Weinman has held in civic and community organizations are: serving as an inaugural board member of the Hadassah Foundation, Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Chairman of the Board of the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and member of the Visiting Committee of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.
Founded in 2009, the JWRP seeks to inspire Jewish women to transform themselves, their families, their communities and the world through their flagship program Momentum, an eight-day journey to Israel. For more information, visit www.jwrp.org/momentum.