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Funny, isn't it?

How a world buzzing with so much data offers so little of the simple things we actually want.

The news, the trends and the gurus, the infographics and masterminds, the books and podcasts, all a click away.

So much noise, so little music.

What about the questions, the conversations, the exploration, adventure and authentic connections that lead us to what we actually want? Because they’re pretty simple.

We want to lead a life of meaning – to do work that fills us with purpose and fulfillment.

We want adventure – to have fun and enjoy life! To grow authentic roots and to branch out into new worlds.

We want to be good – to be better humans, and contribute our unique color to the full spectrum of light that makes the world a better place.

And we want to do it with others – a community of like-minded people. To make new friends, and deepen our existing relationships.

We don’t think these are complicated or too much to ask for.

And that’s why Olami exists.

Olami creates the kinds of spaces, opportunities and experiences that enable us to grow in goodness together. 

Through conversations with friends and meaningful one-on-ones with mentors. Through exhilarating trips exploring ourselves, and bonding with the people and world around us. Through business networks of people who recognize that meaningful work starts with meaningful relationships. Or simply through taking time out every now and again to meditate, to remain still.

We’re a modern Jewish tribe.

We bring the wisdom and traditions that our families shared for generations into the present in a way that makes sense.

Together we explore the idea of what it means to be part of a community that cares about making the world better. This is what Olami sees as the Jewish way. Not just to go through life but to grow through life as a global community in pursuit of a good life, and a better world.

Our community is in 28 countries, with close to 300 chapters, and like each of us,

It's growing daily.


Rabbi David Markowitz
Managing Director
Rabbi David Markowitz has been focused on Jewish Outreach for the past 15 years. He has worked in numerous outreach capacities including: educational development, programming, Kiruv training, camp programming, campus outreach and management. Prior to his role with Olami, he worked at the COO of Aish NY and a campus Rabbi in UCLA and managed 10 college campuses for JAM in LA.
Rabbi Raphael Butler
Rabbi Raphael Butler is the President of Olami and The Afikim Foundation, a leading consultant to many in the philanthropic community who seek his guidance to assist them in fulfilling their communal priorities.
Yisrael Schwebel
chief financial officer
Rabbi Avi Cassel
Regional Director, North America
Rabbi Avi Cassel directs over 110 Olami programs, servicing more than 20,000 students around North America. He also oversees STARS, a multi-organization partnership project in the former Soviet Union. Rabbi Cassel is a graduate of the world’s top yeshivot including Mir, Lakewood, and Ner Israel, and has more than 15 years of management and education experience for Olami.
Rabbi Gidon Shoshan
Senior Manager and Director of Educator Recruitment
Rabbi Gidon Shoshan assists the North American Regional Director in overseeing Olami’s vast community of students and organizations in the US and Canada. Rabbi Shoshan’s keen eye for maximizing things helped earn him Harvard University’s Leadership in Education Award in 2012, and he integrates his professional education, his studies at the world’s top yeshivot, and his big heart to help make Olami better and better.
Rabbi Meir Rosenberg
Regional Director, Latin America
Rabbi Meir Rosenberg was born in Costa Rica and grew up in Chile. While studying a B.A. in Industrial Engineering, he volunteered to direct the building of houses for underprivileged families, and spent his summers in Israel, bringing groups of Jewish college students for educational programs. After moving to Israel, Meir studied in Aish HaTorah and at the Mir Yeshiva. Besides his role with Olami, he is the chief editor of AishLatino.com, the largest Jewish website in Spanish, and also serves as COO of Latin America for Aish HaTorah.
Rabbi Arieh Marciano
Regional Director, France
After learning in the best yeshivot including Jerusalem’s Yeshiva Hazon Baroukh and Yeshiva Heikhal Hatorah, Rabbi Marciano spent 10 years learning in a kollel. Rabbi Marciano has been leading Olami France for since 2008.
Rabbi Yakov Tipograf
Regional Director, FSU
Rabbi Yakov Tipograf has been focused on Jewish community work for the past 18 years, having worked in numerous capacities including: project management, educational development, programming and training. Prior to his role with Olami, he worked as substitute director of St. Peterburg Migdal Ohr Jewish school, and as inspector of FSU Jewish school network. Rabbi Tipograf has an MA in Computer Science and worked for a few years in micro-processing.
Rabbi Eli Ilani
Regional Director, Israel
Jackie Glaser
Director of Leadership Development
Jackie had a private practice in Sydney Australia and worked as the resident “Psychologist” on the national “Today Show”. Jackie also consulted and did organizational work for the police, media personalities and other non-profit organizations. Jackie Engel is now the Director of Leadership Development of Olami, Director of the Jewish Leaders Foundation, Director of Souled a Jewish women’s empowerment program in Manhattan and a teacher for Meor Manhattan.
Michal Nordmann
Director of marketing
After graduating from Leeds University, Michal embarked on a career in marketing in London, implementing many successful and award-winning campaigns for Virgin, Heinz, and more. She then became Group Account Director working for the U.K.’s largest charities. In 2009 she moved to New York, where for five years she took her experience in-house to Aish NY. Upon moving to Israel, Michal became a consultant to a range of nonprofits, before focusing her efforts on Olami.
Rabbi Ari Gruen
Director of Trips


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