OLAM IN MOTION

OLAM in Motion is a subsidized travel program that enables OLAM partner organizations to build bridges to the Jewish world and to each other. OLAM in Motion subsidies can be used to attend a major Jewish conference, run a speaking tour in the Jewish community, bring a Jewish educator to the field, and pursue collaboration with other OLAM partners.

How it works

OLAM partner organizations can apply for up to $1500 in subsidies per calendar year, with no one opportunity exceeding $1000. Applications for subsidies will be accepted on a rolling basis from January 31st, 2018 until November 1st, 2018. In order to enable as many people as possible to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by OLAM in Motion, we encourage partners to split the $1500 between more than one person in their organization.

OLAM in Motion subsidies are earmarked for economy class flights and conference registration fees. Subsidies do not cover ground travel, cancellation fees, flight class upgrades, room or board, per diem for food, equipment, visas, vaccinations, travelers insurance, or any other expenses. For more information, look at OLAM in Motion’s FAQ.

Applications must be filled out *at least 14 days before departure* and must include a phone interview. Within 30 days of return, the approved traveler must submit their completed reimbursement form.

OLAM in Motion Categories:

What: A subsidized flight and/or conference registration fee to attend a Jewish conference as either a presenter, participant, or member of an OLAM delegation. Note: You must attend the entire conference. Being approved for an OLAM in Motion subsidy is not a guarantee that you can register and/or present at the conference. You need to be in direct contact with the conference organizers to register and/or pitch a session. Check out this list of Jewish conferences in 2018 for ideas of where to go!
Who: Staff of OLAM partner organizations
Where: Anywhere!

This is not for:

  • Conferences lacking overt Jewish content

What: A subsidized flight to “make your own” speaking tour in the Jewish community. Note: This requires a minimum of 4 speaking engagements before Jewish audiences, either in one city or multiple cities.
Who: Staff of OLAM partner organizations
Where: In front of new Jewish audiences, which your organization has not reached before

This is not for:

  • Speaking engagements targeting alumni of your own organization
  • Speaking engagements hosted by communities that have previously hosted a speaking engagement by your organization

What: A subsidized flight to bring a trained Jewish educator to serve as a scholar-in-residence at a project site in the field. Note: This requires a minimum of 4 Jewish social justice experiences led by the educator (e.g. text study sessions, a Jewish ritual, Shabbat or holiday-themed program, etc.)
Who: Jewish educators outside of your own organization
Where: In the field

This is not for:

  • Staff of your own organization or Jewish educators previously affiliated with your organization

What: A subsidized flight to explore new or to expand existing joint projects with another OLAM partner organization.
Who: Staff of OLAM partner organizations
Where: In the field

This is not for:

  • Ongoing maintenance and oversight of existing projects between OLAM partner organizations

What: A subsidized flight to either visit another OLAM partner organization in the field to learn from their work or to bring another OLAM partner to your field project to share expertise.
Who: Staff of OLAM partner organizations (either as a learner-observer or as an educator-mentor-expert)
Where: In the field

This is not for:

  • A visit to a partner organization you have visited before
  • A visit to your own program, center or project

*Please note we are no longer providing subsidies for sending media specialists to the field.

  1. Apply. Apply for your travel subsidy at least 14 business days before departure. Late or retroactive requests will not be accepted.
  2. Interview. After submitting your application you will have a phone interview with OLAM’s Operations Manager, Ariel Cohen, to discuss your application and how to make the most of this opportunity. Be sure you have time to speak before your flight!
  3. Hear Back. OLAM staff will update you regarding the status of your application within 10 business days of the phone interview. All requests must be approved in writing before travel is booked.
  4. Book your travel! Get ready to fly!
  5. Report. Within 30 days of return, you MUST submit your completed reimbursement form. You will also be required to:
    • Submit the flight invoice (and conference receipt, if relevant)
    • Share 3-5 photos from the experience
    • Report back on specific metrics
    • Post in the OLAM Community Facebook group 
    •  For a more detailed explanation of the full reimbursement process see OLAM in Motion FAQ
  6. Payment. OLAM in Motion subsidies are awarded in the form of reimbursements, processed retroactively after your travel. All reimbursements are based on the exchange rate on the date of purchase.

OLAM in Motion is a partner benefit for OLAM partner organizations. Partner organizations self-identify as Jewish and/or Israeli, work with vulnerable communities in the developing world, and have affirmed their commitment to OLAM’s vision, mission, shared principles, and partner benefits and commitments. All staff members of OLAM partner organizations are eligible to apply for OLAM in Motion travel subsidies, provided they have the approval of their CEO.  

If your organization is not an OLAM partner organization, please contact us to see if you are eligible to become one.  

OLAM partner organizations can apply for up to $1500 in subsidies per calendar year, with no one opportunity exceeding $1000. In order to enable as many people as possible to take advantage of these opportunities afforded by OLAM in Motion, we encourage partners to split the $1500 between more than one person.

Applications for subsidies for the fiscal year 2018 will be accepted on a rolling basis from January 31st, 2018 until November 1st, 2018. There are a limited number of subsidies; the earlier in the year you apply, the better!

With the exception of subsidies for bringing a Jewish educator to the field, the person traveling must fill out the application form. In the case of subsidies for bringing a Jewish educator to the field, a staff member of the OLAM partner organization must submit the form. All application forms must have the prior approval of the CEO.

You’ll hear from us within 10 days of your interview unless you are notified otherwise.

OLAM in Motion subsidies are earmarked for economy class flights and/or conference registration fees.  

Subsidies DO NOT cover ground  travel, cancellation fees, flight class upgrades, room or board, per diem for food, equipment, visas, vaccinations, or any other expenses, travel-related or otherwise.

No. As a general rule, the applicant is directly responsible for booking their own flights and conference registration, unless we explicitly indicate otherwise. Please wait to book flights and/or register for the conference until after receiving written approval from OLAM.

OLAM is also happy to help you set up additional meetings over your trip. In the application form, make sure to indicate whether you’d like us to help facilitate connections to Jewish communal professionals, other Jewish individuals or organizations working in the field, and/or expert advisors.

OLAM in Motion subsidies are designed to enable OLAM partner organizations to build bridges to the Jewish world and to each other.

We ask you to acknowledge OLAM’s role in any organizational activities or deliverables derived from this subsidy. For example, when posting about your attendance at a Jewish conference on social media, please include a line acknowledging that your participation was made possible by OLAM.

In addition, you must share your experience in the OLAM Community Facebook group and complete the reimbursement form within 30 days of returning from your travel.

Within 30 days of return, you MUST submit your completed reimbursement form and upload all requested documents. Approved OLAM in Motion subsidies are awarded in the form of reimbursements, processed retroactively after your travel.

Partners will be reimbursed in either U.S. dollars or Israeli NIS.

Ariel Cohen: ariel@olamtogether.org

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