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Hadassah National Public Relations
Hadassah Appoints Lara Werwa Managing Director of Hadassah Metro Now Encompassing Eight Regions in NY Tri-State Area
February 7, 2019 – NEW YORK, NY – Lara Werwa has been named Managing Director, Hadassah Metro, according to Janice Weinman, Executive Director and CEO of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA).
Werwa will be responsible for operations and management of Hadassah Metro which encompasses eight regions in the New York tri-state area including: Hadassah New York; Hadassah Brooklyn; Hadassah Connecticut; Hadassah Nassau; Hadassah Suffolk; Hadassah Westchester; Hadassah Northern New Jersey; and Hadassah Lower New York State. Werwa will work in partnership with leadership in these individual regions to achieve Hadassah’s organizational priorities and goals in the areas of women’s empowerment and health equity, Zionism and support for the State of Israel.
Weinman states, “The New York tri-state region has been a powerful force for change over the course of Hadassah’s long and venerable history. Lara Werwa brings leadership skills, passion and a strong commitment to HWZOA’s mandate to empower women both in the U.S. and Israel. She exemplifies our slogan, ‘Hadassah: The Power of Women Who Do.’”
Werwa enthuses, “I am thrilled to take on a new role within Hadassah Metro and partner with our presidents and region leadership to enhance HWZOA’s impact. Whether Hadassah members are working to aid medical research and care at the Hadassah Medical Organization, are supporting Israel, or advocating for the health and well-being of women and children here in the U.S., I am inspired by their accomplishments, initiative and commitment. It’s an incredible opportunity to work with people who are this passionate about what they do.”
Werwa has dedicated her adult life to the Jewish community both personally and professionally. She was the first Create a Jewish Legacy Director of the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, FL working to ensure the future of Jewish life in the city. She also served as the Assistant Membership Director of the JCC in Jacksonville where she focused on outreach, engagement and building membership.
Werwa currently serves as an International Vice President as well as a Training Consultant for the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism and is a member of the sisterhood at Congregation Beth El in South Orange, NJ.
She relocated from Jacksonville, FL to Livingston, NJ with her family in the summer of 2016 and began working with local area synagogues before joining Hadassah’s Northern New Jersey Region team. Her husband Todd is an Emmy Award winning television producer and her children, Alana and Griffith attend Golda Och Academy.
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA) is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With 300,000 members, associates and supporters Hadassah brings Jewish women together to effect change and advocate on critical issues such as medical care, research and women's empowerment – meeting with elected officials on Capitol Hill and locally through its Day in the District Program. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization's two hospitals, the world-renowned trauma center and the leading research facility in Jerusalem, Hadassah supports the delivery of exemplary patient care to over a million people every year. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize Nomination in 2005 for building “bridges to peace” through equality in medical treatment. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.