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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we decided to postpone this year’s Focal Point to October 14-15, 2020. While we had originally planned to organize it in New York City, we’ve decided, instead, to turn Focal Point into a virtual gathering.

More information to come soon… Stay tuned!

Frequently Asked Questions

Focal Point Steering Committee

We are grateful for the collaboration and insights of the Focal Point Steering Committee

Paul Anticoni

Chief Executive

World Jewish Relief

Robert Bank

President and CEO

American Jewish World Service (AJWS)

Dr. Georgette Bennett


Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees

Yuval Ekstein


Shalom Corps

Jean-Marc Liling


Crescendo Venture Partners

Ruth Messinger

Global Ambassador

American Jewish World Service (AJWS)

Melanie Nezer

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs


Rabbi Salem Pearce

Director of Organizing


Yotam Polizer



Yaron Schwartz

Senior Manager of Private Sector Partnerships

Tent Partnership for Refugees

Larry Tobin


Shapiro Family Foundation

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