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.

It will be virtual, 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 meet-ups within the larger virtual gathering.
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!

Even though Focal Point will be virtual, we’re asking people to commit to a holistic experience of learning, sharing, and connecting over two days. Stay tuned for the exact times!

Because OLAM’s partners and members have consistently spoken about the urgency of this issue and its connection to many organizations; because the global Jewish community is poised to do far more on this issue given our own history and values; and because refugees are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and its economic impact.

OLAM partner organizations and members alongside Jewish communal leaders, funders, and practitioners who are engaged in issues related to refugees and displaced people as well as Jewish leaders who are interested in engaging their communities in this issue. 

Yes! This will still be a great opportunity for you to connect, learn, and network. Plus, we hope you’ll find interesting crossovers and learnings for your work. In today’s world, more and more populations are forced to migrate due to climate change, conflict, food insecurity, and lack of livelihoods. The work you do plays a part in building resilience to prevent the need to migrate.

OLAM Director of Network Engagement and Programs, Yael Shapira at

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