Frequently Asked Questions

Focal Point is a retreat for Jewish international development professionals. 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 9:00 am on Monday, July 1, 2019 and concludes at 4:00pm on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

The conference will take place at:

Pearlstone Retreat Center, Baltimore, MD

  • Representatives of OLAM’s 53 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

Focal Point registration is open on a rolling basis until April 18th.

For OLAM partner organizations 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. Registration is on a sliding scale based on organizational size between $200-$300 USD per person.

For Jewish international development and global service practitioners and ROIers: $200 USD per person
A limited number of needs-based travel subsidies are available. Contact for details.


Pearlstone Retreat Center has accommodations on site. 

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.

OLAM Program Director, Yael Shapira at

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