Staff

 

Amanda Berman

Founder and Executive Director

Amanda Berman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Zioness Movement, a new initiative empowering and activating Zionists on the progressive left to stand proudly in social justice spaces as Jews and Zionists. Until she recently made the transition to focusing exclusively on building the much-needed Zioness community, Amanda was also a civil rights attorney fighting anti-Semitism legally, spearheading such groundbreaking initiatives as the international action against Kuwait Airways for its discrimination against Israeli nationals, and the dual cases against San Francisco State University for its constitutional and civil rights violations against Jewish and Israeli students and community members. 

Amanda writes on Jewish and civil rights issues and is a media contributor across various mediums and outlets. She has spoken and presented before diverse audiences including Hadassah, JNF, B'nei Brith, Jewish Federation, AIPAC, JCRC, Hillel, and many others. She is a graduate of the Anti-Defamation League's Glass Leadership Institute, the recipient of Hadassah's prestigious Myrtle Wreath Award, and was listed by the Algemeiner as one of the top "100 people positively contributing to Jewish life" in 2018. She previously served for 5 years as an Executive Board Member at Friends of the IDF, Young Leadership NY.

 

Amanda graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Diplomatic History and a Master of Governmental Administration and received her Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was a Public Service Scholar; served in the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic, providing legal services to the underrepresented; served in the Advanced Human Rights Clinic, providing legal services to immigrants and refugees; sat on the Executive Board of the Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women; and was a Fellow in the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Clinic. She practiced securities litigation at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP before dedicating her career to the advancement and protection of the Jewish people and the Zionist community.

Leora Einleger

Programs Manager

Leora Einleger graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College, Columbia University with a degree in Political Science. As a college student, Leora experienced firsthand the importance of having an organization like Zioness, as detailed in an article published in the Jerusalem Post about obstacles she faced as both a Zionist and a student in the Gender Studies department. Notwithstanding this experience, Leora worked energetically with Resetting the Table to help create a more open, inclusive, and productive dialogue surrounding Israel on campus.

 

Leora has had a passion for progressive causes since she ran a whole-school fundraiser in 8th grade and raised $10,000 for an organization that provides access to clean water globally in poor communities. More recently, Leora was an Organizing Fellow at NARAL Pro-Choice America, where she educated NARAL members in New York’s 34th State Senate district about politicians who were preventing the passage of the Reproductive Health Act. She further honed her organizing skills in the office of New York Councilmember Mark Levine, where she led the efforts to collect and distribute supplies for migrant children who were sent to New York by the Trump administration without any supporting services. She managed over 200 volunteers and oversaw the delivery of 20 truckloads of supplies for the children.

 

As a Democratic staff intern for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Leora researched and wrote daily briefings for congressional staff members regarding anti-Semitic incidents. She crafted questions on women’s health and on the State Department Budget for members of the Committee to ask Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. Leora also wrote first drafts of a speech on violence against the LGBT community in Chechnya read by Congressman Engel on the House floor.

 

Leora is thrilled to be joining the Zioness team at this challenging time. She looks forward to working closely with local Zioness chapters and supporting Zioness as it grows.

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