Women's Division

The Women’s Division was founded in 2002 in an effort to bring together community members to support The Guardians and prepare for future leadership. The GWD holds activities geared to their interests as well as providing leadership opportunities and social activities for members of all ages.

The Guardians of Los Angeles Jewish Health Women’s Division is committed to creating a community of strong female leaders dedicated to volunteerism, philanthropy and ensuring the legacy of our Jewish future through intergenerational relationships.


As the Guardians Women’s Division co-chairs for this upcoming year, we would like to first thank all the hard work the past co-chair, Ilysa Cooperman has done for the GWD’s growth and success in the last two years. It is an honor for us to take on the lead of an organization that is so devoted to the community with such enthusiastic members. The most exciting part of taking on the role for us is working with such an eager new board and continuing to have memorable events that showcase what an amazing community we have become.

These past months we have seen the GWD flourish and we know there is so much more to come. We already kicked off the term with our first meeting as co-chairs where we thanked our outgoing board and welcomed the new board. Our first meeting also featured special guest speaker Rita Zahir, VP of Marketing & eCommerce at The Giving Keys, who shared with us her startup stories, successes, and tips on how to achieve personal and professional growth. In November, we welcomed guest speaker Joella Savitt from Laughter Yoga, and we have so much more planned for the months to come. Members have had so much fun participating at our events thus far; our annual Halloween Party was a hit in October and in November we had our Spa Day at the Jewish Home where we got to spend quality time with the residents. We can’t wait to be back at the Home on December 15 for our annual Hanukkah Party!

We are so fortunate to have such support from the office staff, both Jessi and Brittany, we could not do it without you and cannot thank you enough. In addition, the consistent encouragement from the YMD and the past co-chairs, Gideon Orion and Jeremy Madick means so much to us. We look forward to working with the current co-chairs, Dan Frankel and Jessie McKenzie during our term. Also, we are lucky to serve our term with new Guardian Presidents Zane Koss and Peter Steigleder; we already we feel their incredible support of the GWD.

To be part of our growing community, please join us for our monthly meetings! They are a great way to learn more about The Guardians and meet our ambitious board and members! Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at the Guardians Office at 6:30pm. We always have an extra seat for you and fabulous noshes.

Vicki Goldman and Susanne Katz
2019 - 2020 GWD Co-Chairs

2018-2019 WOMEN’s Division Leadership

GWD Co-Chairs
Vicki Goldman
Susanne Katz

Vice Chairs, Membership
Michelle Leibowitz
Robyn Wyner

Vice Chair, Events & Activities
Tina Nabati

Vice Chairs, Communication
Jamie Lubin
Michelle Weinberg

Vice Chair, Parties/Mixers
Rebecca Feinerman

Vice Chairs, Professional Development
Amy Goldman
Shannah Katz

Members at Large
Ilana Bernstein
Ilysa Cooperman
Danielle Kitzes