Previous Focal Points

Since 2016, OLAM’s annual Focal Point gathers 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.

Focal Point 2020, held Oct. 14 and 15, 2020, was our first virtual event. Nearly 300 people from 17 countries took part in 19 online sessions that explored the Jewish community’s commitment to global issues and deepened participants’ understanding of the field of international development. Our 59 speakers included funders, practitioners, Jewish communal leaders, rabbis, and volunteer program alumni.

Focal Point took place July 1-2, 2019, at the Pearlstone Retreat Center in the United States.


Robert Bank

President and CEO, American Jewish World Service (AJWS)

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Director, JHub

Lisa Eisen

President, US Jewish Portfolio, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Sir Trevor Pears CMG

Executive Chair, Pears Foundation

Ruth Messinger

Social Justice Consultant and Global Ambassador for American Jewish World Service (AJWS)

Rabbi Jennie Rosenn

Rev. Adam Taylor

Executive Director, Sojourners

Caryl M. Stern

President and CEO, UNICEF USA


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