Los Angeles Chapter

The Los Angeles Chapter

WIZO USA, is a nonprofit women’s organization and and independent federation affiliated with World WIZO headquartered in Israel. Since 1959, WIZO is recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative status in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

WIZO LA has been unwaveringly committed to supporting our projects and programs for the women, children and elderly in Israel.  WIZO LA is responsible for operating and maintaining 2 important Day Care Centers; Ramat Shikma in Ramat Gan and the Bertha and Mex Edelstein Citrin Multipurpose Day Care Center in Yavneh.

WIZO is dedicated to the well-being of children- and these centers offer many enrichment activities which are especially critical in economically distressed areas. The centers give children an additional head-start in life and are crucial to the welfare of that community.

In the United states WIZO aims to strengthen the bonds between Israel and American Jewry by promoting Jewish identity and education.  WIZO USA is a charitable tax-exempt organization pursuant to Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax ID: 13-3041381

National Board Members

Gina Raphael

Chair, WIZO LA

Rinat Newman

Vice Chair, WIZO LA

Malka Fogel

Honorary Chair, WIZO LA

Hanna Rubinstein

Honorary Chair, WIZO LA

Marisa Weingarten

Honorary Chair, WIZO LA

Miriam Wizman

Honorary Chair, WIZO LA

Annie Gross

Executive Leadership, WIZO LA

Katalin Mannheim

Executive Leadership, WIZO LA

Eleanor Nankin

Executive Leadership, WIZO LA

Soraya Nazarian

Executive Leadership, WIZO LA

Irene Sirebrenik

Executive Leadership, WIZO LA

Rose Wolfe

Executive Leadership, WIZO LA

Los Angeles Board Members

Lily Artenstein

Gilda Baum-Lappe

Gaby Chazanas

Liat Cohen

Ruth Davidov

Debbie Dolgin

Israela Elkayam

Edith Ellenhorn

Halya Engel

Esther Esudri

Carole Galante Hara

Abigail Goldberg

Stephanie Goldman

Sharon Gomperts

Danielle Gross

Ginette Hodara

Janice Kaufler

Ruth Keibel

Karla Lari

Gila Leibovitch

Ganit Adir Levy

Orly Maciborski

Dianna Mannheim Sternberg

Nava Marmur

Eva Neuman

Natalie Neuman

Ellen Pardau

Brigitte Rosenberg

Janet Sasson

Hendel Schwartz

Nora Schwartz Orner

Jeannine Sefton

Maureen Shapiro

Gloria Shulman

Sarita Spiwak

Ilene Stallman

Ruth Steinberger

Michelle Taus

Karen Toubi

Shari Weiner

Shirin Yadegar

Alana Yasno

Haya Zamel

Sabrina Zamel



WIZO USA, The Women’s International Zionist Organization, is a worldwide non-profit organization that operates over 800 social welfare projects in Israel.

How may we help you?

Build your connection to Jewish women across the world and together improve the lives of millions in Israel. WIZO USA was founded over 99 years ago by women with the shared goal of supporting Israel. Today, vibrant, talented women like you continue to support Israel’s women and children and express their Jewish values in ways that are most meaningful to them.

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