Ann Bear Memorial Women of Valor

Join Us For the Evening

In these challenging times, we cherish the opportunity to come together and acknowledge the significance of Jewish women’s leadership, as well as the resilience of our communities.

Join us for an evening dedicated to celebrating the remarkable leadership and philanthropic contributions of Jewish women in the Bay Area. 

Together we will honor Carol Weitz, recipient of the 2023 Judith Chapman Memorial Women's Leadership Award, and be inspired by our featured speaker, Amanda Berman, Founder and Executive Director of the Zioness Movement. 

This event is open to all and benefits the Federation's Annual Campaign. Gifts to the campaign may be made in advance of or at the event. 


Ann Bear Memorial Women of Valor Event Host Committee 

Julie Arnheim  

Myrna Aronhoff  

Susan Battat  

Elyse Salven-Blatt 

Stephanie Block  

Lynn Bunim*  

Adele Corvin*  

Dana Corvin*  

Kelny Denebeim  

Betty Denenberg Adler  

Julie Fingersh  

Mimi Gauss  

Beth Katz  

Bernis Kretchmar  


Joyce Linker*  

Sandy Lipkowitz  

Susan Mall  

Jan Newman  

Kate O'Bannon  

Ellice Papp*  

Betsy Pottruck*  

Elizabeth Ross  

Dana Shapiro  

Susie Sorkin  

Roselyne Swig*  

Annie Ulevitch  


* Judith Chapman Memorial Women's Leadership Award Selection Committee members 

Interests: Arts & Culture
December 12, 2023
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SF Jazz Center
201 Franklin Street
San Francisco


Organized By: 
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Rachel Kaber
Amanda Berman, Founder and Executive Director of the Zioness Movement
Amanda Berman (she/her) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Zioness Movement, where she works to empower and activate Zionists on the progressive left to stand proudly in social justice spaces as Jews and Zionists. She is also a civil rights attorney who previously worked to fight antisemitism legally, spearheading such groundbreaking initiatives as the international action against Kuwait Airways for its discrimination against Israeli nationals, and the dual cases against San Francisco State University for its constitutional and civil rights violations against Jewish and Israeli students and community members.

Amanda writes on Jewish and civil rights issues and is a media contributor across various mediums and outlets. She has spoken and presented before diverse audiences including Hadassah, JNF, B’nei Brith, Jewish Federation, AIPAC, JCRC, Hillel, and many others. She is a graduate of the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute, the recipient of Hadassah’s prestigious Myrtle Wreath Award, and was listed by the Algemeiner as one of the top “100 people positively contributing to Jewish life” in 2018. She previously served for 5 years as an Executive Board Member at Friends of the IDF, Young Leadership NY.

Amanda graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Diplomatic History and a Master of Governmental Administration and received her Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was a Public Service Scholar; served in the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic, providing legal services to the underrepresented; served in the Advanced Human Rights Clinic, providing legal services to immigrants and refugees; sat on the Executive Board of the Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women; and was a Fellow in the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Clinic. She practiced securities litigation at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP before dedicating her career to the advancement and protection of the Jewish people and the Zionist community.
Carol Weitz, Judith Chapman Memorial Women's Leadership Award Recipient
With 45 years of experience in insurance and brokerage, Carol Weitz established Weitz Medical Management in 2002, after the passing of her husband of blessed memory, Dr. Ernest Weitz. Her dedication to philanthropy shines through her roles on boards like the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and National Women's Philanthropy.

Carol's heartwarming journey to Judaism began in the 1980s under the guidance of Rabbi Alan Lew (z’l). Her faith is deeply ingrained in her identity.

Family is her source of ongoing joy and pride, including daughter Dr. Susan Mandel (Dr. Howard Mandel) and son Dr. Michael Weitz (Janice Weitz), along with cherished grandchildren and an extended "Zimmerman" family.