One iconic event, three locations. (And a virtual option, too!) Join us
Cindy R. Golub • Westchester
Metropolis Country Club (Outdoors)
289 Dobbs Ferry Road
White Plains, NY, 10607
Rita K. Levy • Long Island
The Mill River Club (Outdoors)
103 Mill River Road
Upper Brookville, Oyster Bay, NY, 11771
Janna Rosenberg and Dena Rosenberg Verhoff • New York City
2 East 61st Street
New York, NY, 10065
We are thrilled to be back to celebrate our remarkable community and honor, in person, four women who have demonstrated, in extraordinary ways, the Jewish values we hold so dear — love of community, inspired leadership, and unbridled generosity.
Archie Gottesman the co-founder of JewBelong and self-proclaimed co-chief-rebrander-of-Judaism, will headline our event as the keynote speaker and discuss her work making Judaism relatable and relevant in modern times.
This year, the lunch will take place at three locations in person and virtually simultaneously and you will be able to choose your location as you continue the registration process. However you join -- know that we’ll be just as connected as ever.
Whether in person or virtually, we look forward to celebrating with you as a community on October 27th.
At the NY Lions Lunch, masks are strongly encouraged in addition to following standard UJA policy, which requires that all event attendees be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Please bring proof of your Covid-19 vaccination to the event. This event will be held in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, including local, state, and CDC guidelines, to protect the health and welfare of our staff and guests.
This event welcomes donors who give a gift of $6,000 or more, individually or as a family, to UJA's 2022 Annual Campaign.
Archie Gottesman launched a groundbreaking organization and web-based platform rebranding Judaism to make it more warm and welcoming for all. Using awareness campaigns, including billboards in Times Square, NYC, JewBelong also focuses on ending the antisemitism growing in the US. For almost thirty years, Archie was the Chief Branding Officer/Principal of Edison Properties and the voice behind Manhattan Mini Storage’s iconic billboards.
Cindy Golub is proud to be the recipient of the 2022 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award.
UJA has always been an integral part of her life. When she was a young girl, her father was president of their synagogue and ran the annual UJA campaign. While in college, with Israel at war, she knew she had to do something, so she approached UJA and asked how she could help. Their response was “raise money!” and so began her UJA journey.
After college, Cindy immediately sought out UJA and became involved in the young leadership division. There, she met her husband, Ben, and together they learned the art of fundraising, the importance of volunteering, and the meaning of philanthropy. Their goal was and is the same today — to make a difference in the lives of others, enabling them to live with dignity.
Over the years, Cindy has held numerous leadership positions including chair of UJA Women, Westchester Regional Chair, and member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
Cindy is a graduate of the the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA in finance from Columbia University and a Certificate of Financial Planning from New York University. Cindy began her career at Goldman Sachs & Company LLC. in the Fixed Income Division. In 2009, she became a founding principal of G-Squared Advisory LLC, a financial planning firm.
Cindy and Ben's children Alexandra, Phillip and his wife Mojgan, and Jill and her husband Zach can also say that UJA has been a part of their lives — volunteering with UJA is a family affair.
Cindy feels incredibly proud and lucky to have a place in the UJA family where she has the privilege to change lives.
Rita Levy is proud to receive the Peggy Tishman Memorial Award. Rita is the founding co-chair of UJA’s Witness Project, an intergenerational program that has grown from a one-time fundraising effort for Holocaust survivors in need to an annual program that also fosters education against antisemitism. She continues her involvement by serving on the Witness Project Honorary Board and is now the Long Island Women Planned Giving and Endowment chair. She serves on UJA’s Long Island Women’s Cabinet and the LI Executive Committee. In addition, Rita is on the Board of the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center and is co-chair of its Cultural Arts Committee.
After graduating Barnard College, Rita received her MBA from Columbia Business School and MPH from Columbia School of Public Health. Her career in health care finance and administration was in the San Francisco Bay Area. While there, she served on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Brandeis Hillel Day School and was a founding member of San Francisco Federation Working Women’s Forum. The family real estate business brought her, her husband, David, and their two children, Rebecca and Matthew, back to New York.
Rita is an avid reader and a theater and dance enthusiast. She and David split their time between Roslyn and Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Rita enjoys her UJA mission trips — from India and London to Los Angeles and Nashville, and everywhere in between. Most of all, she enjoys the time she spends with her grandchildren, Liam and Elliott, and looks forward to the one on the way.
Janna is proud to be part of a true UJA family: the daughter of a Board member, the sibling of both a member of the Professional Women’s Board and committee member and a member of the REX Steering Committee. Janna is an active lay leader at UJA-Federation of New York and Jewish Federations of North America's Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC). Janna is NYLC's co-vice chair for inclusion. Janna also serves on the Board of Directors at Temple Beth Shalom, in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, as well as the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Avodah, the Jewish Service Corps.
Janna is inspired to seek justice in her personal, philanthropic, and professional life by her family. A member of council at Rosenberg & Estis, Janna, together with her sister, created a pro bono program at the firm. Janna graduated with a B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Janna was born and raised in Hastings-on-Hudson, where she now resides with her husband, also a member of the NYLC, and their three children, each of whom is a participant in UJA and beneficiary of UJA programming.
Dena is proud to be part of an active and engaged UJA family: she is the daughter of a Board member, the sibling of the vice-chair for diversity and inclusion at the National Federation Young Leadership Cabinet and a member of the REX Steering Committee, and the parent of a participant in UJA and grantee programming. At UJA, Dena is an active lay leader and a member of the Professional Women’s Board, and she previously served on the Interfaith Families Planning Committee. She currently serves as co-chair of the Board of Slingshot, is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Manhattan Country School, and is a founding member of the Confronting Antisemitism Committee at the Natan Fund.
Dena graduated from Wesleyan University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and is now an associate at Rosenberg & Estis, PC, where she, along with her sister, created and manage an in-house pro bono immigration program. She is inspired to seek justice in her personal, philanthropic, and professional lives by her family. Dena lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her husband, child, and dog.
NY Lions Chairs
Kym Chartash, Liz Fine, Sharone Gilbert, Temma Kingsley, Laura Kleinhandler, Claudia Poster, Stephanie Spiegel
Chair, Laurie Girsky
Vice Chairs, Staci Barber, Ellen Grossman, Joy Zelin
Host Committee List (as of 9/3)
Simone Abelsohn, Esther Andron, Suzanne Appelbaum, Eneas Arkawy, Shari Aronson, Francine Asher Holtzman, Charlotte Balsam, Bonnie Barest, Pamela Barnett, Jamie Baron, Natalie Barth, Judith Baum, Andrea Baumann Lustig, Carol Becker, Karen Belfer, Emily Benkovitz, Gayle Berg, Joan Berger, Erica Berman, Michelle Bernstein, Caryn Beyer, Tracey Bilski, Marnie Black, Laurie Blitzer, Jill Bodian, Julie Brandes, Cheryl Brandes-Pine, Frances Brandt, Amy Bursky, Debbi Buslik, Sandra Cahn, Miriam Caslow, Madeline Caslow, Deborah Chapin, Louise Chazen Banon, Rhonda Chestler, Mauri Chotin-Zemachson, Rebecca Citron, Joyce Claar, Samantha Claster, Susan Claster, Robin Colner, Marla Cornejo, Anne Corwin, Dorit Corwin, Debbie Cosgrove, Lisa Cummins, Meredith Deutsch, Joanne Diamond, Alisa Doctoroff, Suzanne Doft, Camille Dunst, Kate Eichel, Erika Estis, Vivian Farah, Carol Fasman, Michelle Feig, Cindy Feinberg, Mindy Feldman, Susan Felton, Randi Fetner Sherman, Lisa Finkelstein, Anna Fisch, Lauren Fixel, Meira Fleisch, Pamela Frankel-Stein, Allison Friedland, Kara Friedman, Karen Friedman, Rosele Frishwasser, Patti Fuchs, Stacy Futterman Lavictiore, Jennifer Galeon, Eva Galpern, Mindy Geller, Valerie Gerstein, Marilyn Tune Gessin, Frances Ginsberg, Amy Goldberg, Muriel Goldberg, Lisa Goldman, Jill Goldsmith, Judy Goodman, Marilyn Gottlieb, Mindy Grant, Sandra Greenberg, Michele Gregson, Ellen Grossman, Pearl Halegua, Nancy Halis, Shelley Harrison, Kim Hartman, Ellen Hefter, Susan Held, Stacy Helfstein, Adrienne Henick, Nancy Hirschtritt, Stacy Hoffman, Mindy Horowitz, Amy Hughson, Lenore Hyatt, Avital Ingber, Nancy Jackson, Lynn Jacobs, Amy Jaffe, Suzi Jaffe, Donna Jakubovitz, Robyn Joseph, Stephanie Joseph, Gwen Kalikow, Nancy Kansler, Robin Kaplan, Rayna Karoll, Juli Karson, Shelly Kassen, Karen Kastenbaum, Miriam Katz, Sima Katz, Judy Kaufthal, Sarah Kayle, Gloria Kaylie, Evelyn Kenvin, Ronnit Kessler, Joanne Klaristenfeld, Arlene Kleinberg, Rosemarie Klipper, Lynne Koeppel, Candice Koerner, Lois Kohn-Claar, Annette Krassner, Naomi Kronish, Sheila Lager, Bara Lane, Nancy Lascher, Terry Laufer, Lynn Lax, Marisa Lenger, Sandy Lenger, Elise Leve, Carol Levin, Myra Levine-Harris, Rebecca Levy, Samantha Levy, Diane Levy, Laurence Levy, Kari Lichtenstein, Hadassah Lieberman, Eileen Lieberman, Marcia Lilling, Karen Loewentheil, Heidi Lurensky, Debra Lusman Jennifer Lyss, Marge Magner, Janet Mann, Stephanie Markle, Lizzy Markus, Cindy Masters, Barbara Matas, Cynthia Matte, Cindy Matte, Patti Mayrock, Abby Mendelsohn, Jillian Merns, Nancy Michaels, Jill Miller, Kerry Miller, Valerie Mirels, Linda Mirels, Lori Moore, Abbey Moses, Cara Nash Iason, Beth Nechamkin, Stacey Novick, Susan Oppenheim, Suzi Oppenheimer, Caren Osten Gerszberg, Debbie Paley, Suzanne Peck, Leslie Perelman, Julie Persily, Linda Plattus, Abigail Pogrebin, Marisa Polin, Judith Poss, Debbie Prince, Pauline Raphael, Mindy Richenstein, Debby Riegel, Anna Riesenberg, Seryl Ritter, Jennifer Rochkind, Naomi Rodolitz, Irina Roller, Katheryn Rosen, Penny Rosen, Nanette Rosenberg, Denise Rosenberg, Leora Rosenberg, Jodi Rosenthal, Roni Rubenstein, Bonnie Rudin, Wendy Sandler, Robyn Schneider, Amy Schwarz, Minna Seitelman, Sarene Shamus, Sharon Shane, Rita Sheena, Jessica Sheena Cohen, Merryll Silfen, Klara Silverstein, Tara Slone-Goldstein, Geula Solomon, Linda Solomon, Karen Spar Kasner, Patricia Spergel Bauman, Robin Spielman, Suzi Stadler, Tracy Stein, Ariel Stern, Susan Stern, Janna Stern, Rachel Tennenbaum, Marjorie Troob, Robyn Troob, Judy Tuchman, Mindy Unger, Laura Urken, Teri Volpert, Myra Wagner, Nancy Waldbaum, Rochelle Waldman, Vicki Warner, Bettina Waxman, Wendy Waxman, Laura Wein, Franne Weinberg, Beth Weingarten, Shira Weinstein, Edith Weisfeld, Rachael Wells, Pamela Wexler, Mindy White, Meryl Wiener, Erika Witover, Cynthia Wolff, Samantha Yablon, Lauren Yeager, Nancy Zaro, Joy Zelin, Dana Zeller, Susan Zelman, Nicky Ziman, Jane Zimmy, Mary Zitwer Millman, Wendy Zoland, Dina Zuckerberg, Barbara Zuckerberg, Rachel Zuckerbrot