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Hadassah Names New Executive Director/CEO

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Dr. Janice Weinman comes to national women’s organization with decades of nonprofit, advocacy experience

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Dr. Janice Weinman, incoming Hadassah Executive Director/CEO





NEW YORK - Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is pleased to announce thatDr. Janice Weinman has been named Executive Director/CEO.  Weinman will take over the post on June 18.  She is currently the President of Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.)

“Janice Weinman is an exceptional executive, with over 35 years of experience in a broad range of not-for profit management, policy development, public service and philanthropy,” said Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah. “She comes to Hadassah with talent and substantial background in advocating for women’s, children’s and health causes that are important to us.  I speak on behalf of Hadassah’s more than 330,000 members when I say how excited we are to have Janice on board as together, we embark upon Hadassah’s second century.”

Weinman is familiar with Hadassah’s life-changing work in the United States and Israel; she was an inaugural board member of the Hadassah Foundation, which seeks to augment the work of Hadassah, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls in the United States and Israel.

“I am deeply privileged to be joining the Hadassah family,” Weinman says.  “For me, this is the culmination of my life’s commitment to the Jewish people, to Israel and to the next generation of Zionists.  I look forward to bringing to this venerable organization the skills and experience in the fields of education, health care and social service that I have developed during my career in the government and the not-for-profit world.”

As President of K.I.D.S., Weinman leads the organization’s work in fulfilling its mission of providing over $100 million annually in new clothing, shoes, toys, books and baby products to millions of children in need in communities across the United States and overseas. The organization seeks to reach children and families suffering from chronic poverty, life-altering circumstances and national disasters.

Prior to her position at K.I.D.S., Weinman served as Vice President for External Affairs of The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she was responsible for government and community relations, marketing, communications and public affairs. 

Weinman previously served as Executive Director and CEO of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a nationwide grassroots network of more than 100,000 members and 600 college and university partners, which promotes equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. In Weinman’s role, she was responsible for leading AAUW’s three corporations: the association itself, the AAUW Educational Foundation, and the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.

Prior to joining AAUW, Weinman was Executive Vice President of the College Board, which works to ensure all students in the United States have adequate preparation and the opportunity to enroll in and graduate from college.  She also served for 10 years as Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Among the many leadership positions Weinman has held in civic and community organizations, she has served as 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, member of the Board of the Council for Basic Education, and member of the Visiting Committee of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

She holds doctorate and master’s degrees from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s from Brandeis University.  She lives with her husband, Stuart Shorenstein, in New York, and they have one daughter, Marissa.

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