Focal Point

How can the Jewish community tackle the world’s greatest challenges and live our values? 

OLAM’s 3rd annual Focal Point conference is an exclusive opportunity for Jews engaged in global service, international development, and humanitarian aid to network, exchange ideas and best practices, and celebrate their shared commitment to serving the world’s most vulnerable individuals.



Impactful networking opportunities with 150 Jewish professionals working in 70 countries

Sector-specific knowledge sharing and problem solving

Thought-provoking discussions with Jewish leaders making a difference in the world

Intimate break-out sessions

JUNE 5-7, 2018

OLAM partner organizations and practitioners of global Jewish service and international development

Early Bird Price: $200

After April 12th: $250

JUNE 6-7, 2018

Joined by Jewish communal leaders and philanthropists

Early Bird Price: $100

After April 12th: $125


701 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


Yosef Abramowitz

President and CEO, Energiya Global Capital

Robert Bank

President and CEO, American Jewish World Service (AJWS)

Aliza Belman Inbal

Director, Pears Program for Global Innovation

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Director, JHub

Yonatan Bram

Chief Operating Officer, Tevel B'Tzedek

Joel Braunold

Executive Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace

Lisa Eisen

Vice President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Jerrold Keilson

Vice President, International Capacity Building, American Institutes for Research

Maya Kroitoru

Director of Planning & Operations, JDC's Global Response, Innovative Development (GRID)

Andrew Quinn

Director, New Voices Fellowship, The Aspen Institute

Jennifer Raskas

Director of the Israel Action Center, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Lilach Shafir

Director of International Education and Jewish Engagement, American Jewish World Service (AJWS)

Rev. Adam Taylor

Executive Director, Sojourners

Fay Twersky

Director, Effective Philanthropy Group, Hewlett Foundation


From Faith to Action: Community Mobilization for Global Social Justice
"Do No Harm" - Challenges and Best Practices in Working with Communities
Tapping into Global Funding: Reaching Beyond the Usual Suspects
Vilifying, Whitewashing, and What’s in Between: How to Talk About Israel Development Work in Jewish Social Justice Circles
Connecting the Jewish and the Global: What Makes a Successful Partnership?
The Power of Storytelling: Voices From the Field
A Jewish Voice in a Non-Jewish World
Celebratory Awards Ceremony Honoring our Community's Achievements in International Development & Global Jewish Service
Program Pitch Opportunity for Global Service Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

We look forward to seeing you at Focal Point!


Focal Point is an invite only conference for the OLAM Community and Affiliates. If you would like to request an invitation to the 2018 Focal Point Conference, please click on the link below.

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Check out 2017’s Focal Point Program Booklet

“Wonderful to meet with organizations facing similar issues, and brainstorm solutions together”

Danny Richmond


“It's rare, but powerful to be in a more intimate setting with funders and practitioners together dedicating time to some of the most pressing needs on the planet today”

Jordan Fruchtman

Moishe House

“I had no idea [this field] existed outside of one or two legacy organizations and a few others I’d encountered anecdotally”

Martin Kaminer

Kaminer Family Foundation

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