Frequently Asked Questions

Focal Point is a conference for Jewish international development professionals, communal leaders, philanthropists, and global service program alumni. Attendees are able to exchange ideas and best practices, and celebrate their shared commitment to serving the world’s most vulnerable individuals.

Focal Point begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 and concludes at 5:00pm on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Jewish communal leaders and philanthropists are invited to join starting Wednesday evening, June 6, 2018.

The conference will take place at:

Mary Gates Learning Center 701 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

  • Representatives of OLAM’s 50 partner organizations – Jewish and Israeli organizations devoted to global service and international development
  • Jewish individual practitioners working in non-sectarian global service and international development organizations
  • Jewish funders and philanthropy professionals
  • Leaders of major Jewish communal institutions
  • Outstanding young adults invested in global Jewish service

Focal Point registration is open on a rolling basis until May 1st.

For OLAM partner organizations (attending June 5-7):
Early Bird Registration by April 12, 2018: $200 USD per person
Registration after April 12, 2018: $250 USD per person
New this year: We are offering subsidies to up to two staff per partner organization: CEO/senior-level staff and one additional staff who would gain from the Focal Point experience.

For Jewish international development and global service practitioners (non-partner organizations) (attending June 5-7):
Early Bird Registration by April 12, 2018: $200 USD per person
Registration after April 12, 2018: $250 USD per person
A limited number of needs-based subsidies are available. Contact for details.

For Jewish communal leaders and funders (attending June 6-7):
Early Bird Registration by April 12, 2018: $100 USD per person
Registration after April 12, 2018: $125 USD per person

For OLAM partner organizations:

Your registration fee for Focal Point includes a shared double-occupancy hotel room for two nights: Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6 at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria. If you request hotel accommodation on your registration form, OLAM will automatically book the room on your behalf. There is no need to contact the hotel directly.

For everyone else:

Registration fee does not include hotel accommodation. However, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, a three minute walk from the conference center, that is available to Focal Point participants at a discounted rate.

All food served at Focal Point will be strictly kosher. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available. If you have additional dietary needs, please indicate these on your registration form.

You will be meeting lots of new people so be sure to bring business cards!

There is no dress code for Focal Point, but we suggest business-casual attire for the daytime and business-formal attire for Wednesday evening’s dinner and reception. In addition, June in the Washington, DC area is generally warm but rainstorms are possible. We suggest bringing layers including rain gear.

See below for a number of conferences relating to global service and international development that are taking place in the weeks prior to and following Focal Point.*

SID-Washington’s 2018 Annual Conference – May 31, 2018, Washington, DC

InterAction Forum – June 12-14, Washington, DC

Jewish Intentional Communities Conference – June 14-17, Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD

Service Unites Conference on Volunteering and Service – June 18-20, Atlanta, GA

*Please note that these conferences are not a part of the OLAM in Motion program.

OLAM Program Director, Yael Shapira at

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