Dov Lipman
Founder and Director of Government Relations

Dov was elected to the 19th Knesset in 2013, making him the first American born MK in 30 years. During his time as an MK, he opened the doors of his office to English-speaking olim and he worked to assist them individually and to advance causes on behalf of the community. Former MK Lipman moved to Bet Shemesh with his wife, Dena, and four children in 2004 and is the author of 8 books about Israel and Judaism. Dov’s experience assisting the olim community with corona travel and other challenges led to his founding of Yad L’Olim.

Maureen Ash

Maureen grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She holds a masters in nursing and works as a school nurse. She has been a lifelong activist for Israel and became involved with assisting parents and family members of olim since her youngest daughter made aliyah in 2016. Maureen has been managing three WhatsApp groups with over 500 families of olim for the last few years. Since the corona crisis started, she has been helping and guiding families of olim through the process of traveling to and from Israel. Maureen and her husband Tzvi live in Chicago and also have a home in Jerusalem with children and grandchildren in Israel.

Ariella Bernstein

Ariella Bernstein was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Lawrence, NY. She and her husband Avi have been an adopted family to many new olim and recently published a book, “Aliya: Home, Hope, Reality.” Ariella spent nearly 20 years in Federal sector labor law in the United States. Since making aliyah in 2009, she has held a variety of positions in the non-profit sector and currently works in investor relations. Ariella also volunteers in Jerusalem’s tech sector ecosystem as a mentor to start-ups.

Deborah Finkelstein

Deborah has extensive experience working for non-profit organizations. Her work has been focused in the education and charity sectors, most recently for the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy, as well as for local organizations supporting new immigrants to Israel. Originally from the UK, Deborah holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Hertfordshire. She made aliyah 12 years ago from London and now lives in Modi’in with her family.

Rachel Glaser

Rachel is Deputy Managing Director at GK, a tech-focused international public relations firm. Before her career in communications, Rachel worked in the non-profit sector for seven years, including at Nefesh B’Nefesh, where she assisted hundreds of Olim in their Aliyah process. Rachel has an MA in Government and Security Studies from IDC Herzliya and a BA in International Relations from Boston University.

Nicole Kaufman-Grubner

Nicole made aliyah from Vancouver, Canada in 2013. As Associate Partner at Finn Partners, a global communications firm, she helps Israeli healthtech companies tell their stories to international audiences, providing comprehensive communications and public relations support. She is a board member of a Jerusalem-based group called Shabbat Shelach, which is focused on building community for LGBT women. Nicole graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women with a degree in English Literature and Women’s Studies. She currently lives in Jerusalem with her partner and their daughter.

Rina Hartman

Rina made aliyah in 1997. She is a pediatric developmental speech language pathologist with 33 years of experience after earning her masters degree from City University of New York. As part of her aliyah experience she has navigated the Israeli educational system for four children of her own and also for many of her clients with special needs. Rina lives in Hashmonaim with her family.

Jonah Lazarus

Jonah studies philosophy and politics at the University of Leeds. He won the Yoni Jesner Award in 2015 for his volunteer work with needy families. Jonah served as a community youth leader in 2017-2018 and participated in the UJIA Fast Track program in 2018-2019. He joins the Yad L’Olim team as an intern with the Onward Israel jinternship program.

Drew Alyeshmerni Leach

Drew lives in Los Angeles, CA. Prior, she lived in Israel where she served in the IDF Spokesperson’s unit, obtained a MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University, and led programs to improve the quality of life for Olim in Israel. In 2016, Drew founded M’ever LaYam, the only American non-profit to cut through Israeli bureaucracy to successfully import and deliver personalized care packages from America to Lone Soldiers in Israel. Drew is an outspoken advocate for many causes and believes in transparency of and accessibility to government for all.

Avy Leghziel

Avy made Aliyah from Rome, Italy. As a Professional Development Specialist, he provides Career Consulting and Organizational Development services to a wide range of professionals and organizations. Avy has been involved in initiatives related to world Jewry for the past 15 years, including as the Executive Director of Masa Israel Journey’s Educational Design Unit.
Avy is married to Rajel, who made Aliyah from Mexico, and they have two boys.

Rachel Fleishman Manni

Rachel, a native New Yorker, has made Tel Aviv home for the past 15+ years. She lives in the Old North with her husband and two kids. She’s an avid runner in Park HaYarkon and along the Tayelet, enjoys playing Scrabble, and solving crossword puzzles. A former English teacher of many years in the Israeli Public School system, Rachel currently works from home as a Content Writer, but you can occasionally catch her coffee-shopping (yes, that’s a verb) as Tel Avivim do best.

Stacey Marshall

Stacey earned her degree in Business Administration from Baruch College. Her professional career in New York included positions with firms such as Morgan Stanley, Sander Jacobs, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Ameriprise Financial. In addition, she served as corporate chair of fundraising for The Lustgarten Foundation. Stacey lives in Jerusalem.

Jacob Plumb

Jacob is a high school graduate from Houston, Texas where he developed his passion for Israel, government and politics. He attended Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston and will be studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion this coming year before matriculating to Yeshiva University. Jacob will be interning with Yad L’Olim this summer, focusing on research related to immigration legislation and government policies.

Eliezer Rosenblatt, Adv.

Eliezer is a seasoned attorney and entrepreneur living in Israel. Licensed both in Israel and New York, he founded Rosenblatt Law Office, where he advises companies and individuals in corporate and commercial matters as well as employment and real estate. Eliezer also volunteers his time as a moderator and contributor for the Ask an Israeli Lawyer group which provides free legal guidance and direction to individuals. Hailing from Canada, Eliezer made aliyah in 2007 and currently lives in Beit Shemesh.

P’nina Seplowitz

P’nina is the Director of Admissions & Marketing at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School. P’nina has extensive marketing and management expertise with experience in both corporate and Jewish non-profit environments. She served as the Development Officer for the Areivim Philanthropic Group in New York and is the co-founder and executive director of Better Future for Israel, Inc. P’nina graduated from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, receiving a bachelor’s degree with honors in marketing and lives in Teaneck, NJ with her husband and three children.