Zena was born in London and grew up in Leeds in North-West England, where she was President of B’nai Brith Girls. Later she served as Chairman of the local WIZO committee and Chairman of the Ladies Guild of East London District Synagogue. She made Aliyah to Israel with her family in 1995. Together with her late husband
Alex z”l, she was one of the founders of Kehilat Yonatan and remains one of the pillars of the congregation to this day. She has two children and four grandchildren.