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

Paul Anticoni

Chief Executive, World Jewish Relief

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

Phyllis Costanza

CEO, UBS Optimus Foundation

Paige Creigh

Field Program Manager, GlobalGiving

Lisa Eisen

Vice President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Jordan Fruchtman

Chief Program Officer, Moishe House

Suzie Galler

Director of Marketing and Communications, Global Fund for Children

Noah Gottschalk

Humanitarian Policy Lead, Oxfam America

Jerrold Keilson

Vice President, International Capacity Building, American Institutes for Research

Maya Kroitoru

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

Rachel Levitan

Associate Vice President of Program Planning and Management, HIAS

Einav Levy

Founding Director, The Israeli School of Humanitarian Aid

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


17:30 - 18:00 Registration
18:00 - 19:00 Welcome Dinner and Introduction to OLAM
19:00 - 19:45 STRUCTURED NETWORKING: Who is in the Room Part 1
20:00 Optional activity in Washington, D.C.
TBD Optional Jewish text study
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast at Mary Gates Learning Center
09:00 - 10:30 PLENARY: “Do No Harm” - Challenges and Best Practices in Engaging Communities
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 12:15 Sector-Specific Meetings (problem solving in small groups)
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:45 BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Tapping into Global Funding: Reaching Beyond the Usual Suspects, A Jewish Voice in a Non-Jewish World, Engaging with the International Development Field from Outside the DC Bubble
14:45 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 16:00 Community Asset Mapping
16:00 - 16:45 DISCUSSION: Our Relationship with the Larger Jewish Community – Preparation for Day 2
16:45 - 18:00 Break
18:00 - 19:00 Reception
19:00 - 20:30 Celebratory Dinner
20:30 - 22:00 Desserts and Drinks
TBD Optional Yoga
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast at Mary Gates Learning Center
09:00 - 10:00 STRUCTURED NETWORKING: Who is in the Room Part 2
10:00 – 11:30 PLENARY: From Values to Action: Mobilization for Global Social Justice
11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 - 13:00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Connecting the Jewish and the Global: What Makes a Successful Global Service Partnership?, Workshop: The Power of Storytelling: Bringing in Voices from the Field, Vilifying, Whitewashing, and What’s in Between: How to Talk about Israeli Development Work in Social Justice Circles?
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch break and informal networking
13:45 - 14:15 Optional: Program Pitch for Global Service Programs
14:30 - 16:15 CLOSING PLENARY: Today’s Humanitarian Crises: The Story of Self, The Story of Us, The Story of Now
16:15 – 17:00 Concluding Session

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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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