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.

Carly Pildis

Director of Grassroots Organizing

Carly Pildis currently serves as Zioness's Director of Grassroots Organizing, using her extensive organizing experience to help progressive and Zionist activists advance social, racial and gender justice as openly proud supporters of Jewish self-determination in their communities. In addition to helping mobilize the most powerful collective of Jewish activists America has ever known, she is a Contributing Editor for Tablet Magazine.

After graduating from Bennington College in 2007, She moved to New Hampshire and hit the campaign trail with AJWS, engaging Presidential Primary Candidates on a variety of global justice issues including the crisis in Darfur, international access to basic education, cancellation odious debt for developing nations, and the Global HIV/AIDS Crisis. She then joined Jubilee USA Network, serving as a Interfaith Organizing and Advocacy Fellow. She ran the Jubilee Congregations program, working to mobilize 100 congregations in the fight for debt cancellation in Haiti and other countries suffering due odious debt as well as and IMF/World Bank Reform. After the devastating 2010 Haitian Earthquake,  Carly worked with Jubilee and its partners to pass the Haiti Debt Relief and Earthquake Recovery Act (H.R. 4537).

 

In 2012 she joined Obama for America as a Phone Bank Coordinator based in DC. She was promoted Director of Jewish Outreach for Obama For America DC, organizing Jewish efforts around the city including Shabbat Dinners, Phone Banks, Canvassing and the joint African Americans for Obama and Jewish Americans for Obama Voting Rights Seder. She was promoted again to Operation Vote Director, overseeing outreach to various constituency groups including  African Americans, Jewish Americans, LGBT Americans, Muslim Americans, Latino Americans and Women for Obama. Under her leadership The Obama for America DC Operation Vote project made over 51,000 phone calls into Virginia in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

 

In 2013 she was thrilled to start working for RESULTS. She designed and managed the REAL Change Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship to Fight Poverty, an advocacy training program for young people between the ages of 18–30. During the yearlong program, fellows learn how to work with the media, their communities, and policymakers to create change.  She also designed and managed RESULTS candidate engagement projects around the 2015 Presidential Primaries and 2018 Midterm Elections. As Senior Associate for Advocacy and Organizing, Carly served in the fight for global justice with RESULTS everyday.

In her free time, Carly enjoys writing, engaging in Jewish Twitter, and making Shabbat with her family. She will never stop rooting for Boston sports teams, no matter how long she lives in DC.

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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