Focal Point

OLAM’s annual Focal Point gathering is an exclusive opportunity for Jews engaged in global service, international development, and humanitarian aid to network, exchange ideas and best practices, and celebrate their shared commitment to serving the world’s most vulnerable individuals.

In November 2021, OLAM held its sixth annual Focal Point – a hybrid event, with online sessions and in-person networking events in select cities. This allowed all of OLAM’s partners and friends around the world to be full and active participants in the conference.

Funders, practitioners, Jewish communal leaders, rabbis, volunteer program alumni, and others came together to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the fields of international development, humanitarian aid, and global service and to examine how we can deepen Jewish communal commitment to global issues.

In all, more than 300 people from 20 countries participated in all the events.  53 speakers made presentations at a total of 18 sessions.


Watch Focal Point 2021 opening:

> Greetings from partners, members, and friends from across the globe

> Plenary: Jewish visions of a more equitable and sustainable world


How can we work toward a more equitable and sustainable world while Covid-19 continues to expose and increase inequalities?

What actions can we take to engage a new generation of globally responsible leaders?

What strategies will allow us to build the capacity of Jewish and Israeli global service and international development organizations so that they can address global challenges?


Adam Azari

Founder and Head, The Jewish Effective Giving Initiative

Andrew Mandel

Founder, Tzedek Box

Annie Vainrub

Director of Education, CADENA

Becca Flyer

Interim CEO, KAHAL

Christine Williamson

Founder and Director, Duty of Care International

David Hertz

Co-Founder and President, Gastromotiva

Galla Isaac Stephen

Protection Program Manager, South Sudan Office, IsraAID

Gamal Palmer

Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

Gina Flash

Executive Director, Mensch

Dr. Jessica Beckerman

Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Muso

Lauren Keiles

Communities Manager, The Board of Deputies of British Jews

Lisa Eisen

Co-President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies

Liz Fisher

Executive Director of Amplifier and Senior Advisor for Philanthropy, Jewish Federations of North America

Mark Hetfield

President and CEO, HIAS

Sarah Eisenman

Chief Community and Jewish Life Officer, Jewish Federations of North America

Seth Davis


Yonatan Neril

Founder & Director, The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development

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