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

CEO

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.

Graham Carpenter

UK Community Manager

Based in London, Graham previously served as the Communications and Fundraising Manager for Tzedek, (an OLAM partner organisation) and before that as the Community Coordinator for New Israel Fund UK. He is a board member for Liberal Judaism and the World Union for Progressive Judaism, and currently co-chairs the latter’s Strategic Committee for Inspiring the Next Generation. He has held various roles at Limmud Festival, and was named in the 2018 30 under 30 list of “individuals set to define Jewish life in Britain for decades to come”.

In addition to Graham's responsibilities at OLAM, Graham will also support the complementary work of JDC Entwine to engage young UK adults in global Jewish and humanitarian issues and to advance the global Jewish service movement.

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.

Sarit Baum

Program Support Intern

Sarit grew up in London, followed by a gap year in Israel. Sarit returned to London to study for a BSc in Biomedical Sciences at University College London ('UCL') and during her time at University, went on the Chief Rabbi’s 'Ben Azzai' program to India, where she was inspired to pursue a career in International Development. Upon returning from India, Sarit undertook and successfully completed an MSc in Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Sarit is now based in Jerusalem. This is her first internship in International Development, and she hopes to continue her career in the field.

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.