About Olami
We are a community of believers


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We believe in Jewish greatness.

We believe that Jewish teachings and values enable each Jew to reach their inner potential, to achieve their greatness. We call it our “Jewish greatness”, because we are achieving it through Judaism.

We believe in the power of community.

We are not in this alone. We are a part of something bigger, something greater, something global. And something powerful. A global community focused on reaching our own personal greatness and inspiring others to reach theirs. Because as Jews, we believe that we are in this together, side by side. We are one family, one nation, one people. We are responsible for each other. Always have been, always will be.

We believe that the power of our community is the passion of our people.

We are enthusiastic students and young professionals who want to be our best and make a difference in the world. We bring a vast and vibrant peer-to-peer network and social connections that span the globe. We are wise and passionate mentors and educators who are grounded in education, wisdom and knowledge and who role model a path of excellence. We are community members who believe in the vision and want to come on board to provide the guidance and resources so that we can all achieve it.

While every Olami member organization is independent, we all share a common vision, and work together through sharing of resources, ideas, programs, training and more in order to get us closer to that vision. Find an organization close to you here.

To date, over 100,000 students’ lives worldwide have been impacted by Olami.

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OUR STORY

Over a decade ago, in response to the alarming rate of assimilation in the Jewish college communities across the globe, a number of benefactors joined together to launch a worldwide campus and young professional effort to reconnect Jews to their heritage, their faith and their land and to inspire Jewish greatness within each of them.

Now, over ten years later, Olami is a global community representing a united effort of organizations in over 300 locations around the world to secure an inspired, engaged and knowledgeable Jewish tomorrow.

With the Olami Foundation providing manpower, program development and management, students all over the world are experiencing the exhilaration of Jewish living through textual study, Shabbat, seminars and trips, and most critically, through the eternal bond between the Diaspora Jew and the State of Israel.

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Rabbi David Markowitz
Rabbi David Markowitz
Managing Director
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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
President
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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
Yisrael Schwebel
CTO
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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.

Rabbi Avi Cassel
Rabbi Avi Cassel
Regional Director, North America
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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
Rabbi Gidon Shoshan
Senior Manager and Director of Educator Recruitment
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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.

Rabbi Meir Rosenberg
Rabbi Meir Rosenberg
Regional Director, Latin America
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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.

Rabbi Arieh Marciano
Rabbi Arieh Marciano
Regional Director, France
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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
Rabbi Yakov Tipograf
Regional Director, FSU
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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.

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Rabbi Eli Ilani
Regional Director, Israel
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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.

Jackie Glaser
Jackie Glaser
Director of Leadership Development
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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
Michal Nordmann
Director of Marketing
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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.

Ari Gruen
Rabbi Ari Gruen
Director of Trips
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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.


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