Frequently Asked Questions

Focal Point is a gathering for OLAM’s partner organizations and members alongside Jewish communal leaders, funders, and  international development practitioners. Attendees are able to exchange ideas and best practices and celebrate their shared commitment to serving the world’s most vulnerable individuals.

Focal Point 2020 will be on October 14-15, 2020.

For the first time ever, Focal Point will take place virtually, so you can tune in from anywhere in the world!

Please note that, if it’s possible by October, we will find a way to incorporate some regional in-person meet-ups within the larger virtual gathering (as permitted by local health and safety guidelines).

Even though a virtual gathering is not what we first had in mind, we are excited about the many opportunities that are opened to us in an online space, including:
  • One-on-one networking opportunities with practitioners, speakers and the OLAM team
  • Round-table discussions with keynote speakers
  • Q&A sessions with experts from the field
  • Intimate breakout groups to share and gain inspiration from one another
  • More attendees from around the world will be able participate, especially those who couldn’t join us in the past.
And much more!

We are excited to include attendees from across the globe. In and in order to take into account the various time zones, we will offer approximately 4-5 hours a day of a live global gathering. We will supplement live sessions with pre-recorded materials that we will encourage you to watch in your own time as well as individualized and group networking at your own convenience during the course of the two days.

The live gathering will take place 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT / 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM UK / 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Israel. We will also offer regional meet-ups (either virtually or in person) on October 14 in the afternoon (US) / October 15 in the morning (Europe & Israel).

We are asking attendees to commit to a holistic experience of learning, sharing, and connecting over two days, so please reserve your schedule on October 14 and 15, 2020 for your full participation.

Focal Point is open to anyone passionate about engaging the Jewish community in international development, global service, and humanitarian aid. We hope to see a diverse group of practitioners, Jewish communal professionals, funders, rabbis, and more! Organizations are encouraged to register any and all relevant staff. We are pleased to offer a 10% discount to 3 or more staff per organization!

Registration closes on Wednesday, September 30.

Feel free to reach out to OLAM’s Director of Network Engagement and Programs, Yael Shapira at [email protected].

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