Our Staff

Amy Weiss

Director of Jewish Communal Engagement and Learning

Amy is originally from Boston and is currently based in Washington, DC. She has worked in experiential and informal Jewish Education for 13 years, focused on service learning and social justice programming. Amy has worked extensively with global Jewish organizations through her work with Hillel. She earned her BA in Political Science from The George Washington University, a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from The Baltimore Hebrew Institute and spent two years studying at The Pardes Institute of Studies in Jerusalem. Amy enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Dyonna Ginsburg


Prior to OLAM, Dyonna served as Director of Education and Service Learning at The Jewish Agency; Executive Director of Bema'aglei Tzedek, an Israeli social change NGO; and co-founder of Siach, a global network of Jewish social justice and environmental professionals. She has a BA in International Relations from Columbia University and an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University. A frequent lecturer, she was named "one of Israel's 50 most inspiring women" by Nashim magazine in 2015.

Naomi Lipstein

Communications Manager

Naomi began her career as a writer and editor of television news, before joining the Jewish communal field, as Director of Marketing and Communications at a Jewish Federation. After making aliyah, she spent several years focusing on formulating communications strategies for various organizations and companies. Prior to joining OLAM, Naomi served as the website manager for Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection. Naomi has a BA in Communications and Political Science from Queens College and an MA in Environmental Studies from Ben-Gurion University. She also spent a year studying at the Arava Institue for Environmental Studies.

Yael Shapira

Director of Network Engagement and Programs

Yael is from Jerusalem and is currently based in Washington, DC. She has worked to support international development programs through a variety of NGOs, with a focus on providing access to education for marginalized populations. She has lived in Niger, India, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Switzerland, in addition to working and traveling in other countries. Prior to OLAM, Yael planned Learning Tours for European Parliamentarians at CARE.

Yael has a BA in International Relations from Boston University and an MA in International Education and Development from the George Washington University.

Angela Stoddard

Jewish Service Corps Fellow

Angela Stoddard has been placed in OLAM's London office for 2022-2023, via JDC Entwine's Global Jewish Service Corps Fellowship. Angela, who hails from the UK, began working in youth development and international development when she was selected at age 15 to represent the Girl Guides at their World Centre in Mexico. Since then, she has volunteered and worked in several programs across the globe, including leading peacebuilding and reconciliation workshops in Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as part of the European Solidarity Corps program; working as the Communications Officer for The School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania; and teaching English as a third language in Netanya, Israel as part of the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program. Now that she has returned to the UK, Angela is an Assistant Sea Scout Leader.

Angela has a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Manchester.

Emma Weleminsky

UK Community Manager

Emma is based in London and has formerly worked at St Albans Museums, Willesden Jewish Cemetery, and Jewish Museum London. Emma began her career as a religious studies teacher for under-resourced schools, with the Teach First programme. She has previously been Shabbat co-chair for Limmud Festival. Emma, an alumnus of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme, is an active member of her local synagogue, supporting environmental initiatives. She is also an associate governor for a community primary school. Emma has a BA in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge.

In addition to Emma's responsibilities at OLAM, Emma her role includes supporting the complementary work of OLAM partner - JDC Entwine - to engage young UK adults in global Jewish and humanitarian issues and to advance the global Jewish service movement.