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Where our journey starts is where the journey starts

Where our journey starts is where the journey starts

The Olami Summit is the global gathering for Jewish campus and young professional communities, where idea-generators, educators, funders and community leaders gather to inspire, to learn and to collaborate on new initiatives that meet the needs of our generation. Find out if an organization near you is bringing a delegation.
This year, delegates will start their journey in Central and Southern Spain where they will explore the rich history and heritage of the Jewish people and then will travel to the UK for an inspiring, educational and empowering weekend in Birmingham.
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1200
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20
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100+
organizations
attending
1200
delegates
registered

Choose greatness.
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Choose greatness.
#Own It.

Olami Summit 2017

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Itinerary

Delegates will travel and experience Spain in groups, based on the organization that they are coming with. Below is a sample itinerary for one group, to show the places and style of trip. Each registered delegation will receive their own itinerary at a later stage.

Spain Experience

The Spain part of the Summit is about experiencing Jewish education through discovering and understanding our Jewish heritage.

Day 1. Sunday – December 24

Madrid

Panoramic tour of Madrid, observing all the important monuments of the city. Walking tour of the old town to start exploring the rich Jewish history of Spain.

Day 2. Monday – December 25

Toledo, Cordoba, Malaga

Toledo – Jerusalem of Spain: Walking tour of the Jewish Quarter, learning and understanding the Jewish life there was once in Spain. Cordoba – The home of Maimonides: Crossing the old Roman bridge, visiting the courtyard of the famous Mosque and learning about the important influence of the Jewish people and Rabbis of Spain upon the rest of the world.

Day 3. Tuesday – December 26

Gibraltar, Ronda

Gibraltar – The British colony in the south of Spain: Visiting the nature reserve on the Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michael’s Cave and the old Jewish cemetery, visiting one of the synagogues.

Ronda – A pictorial village known for its gorgeous bridge and the Arab ancient Hamam, also rich with Jewish history.

Day 4. Wednesday – December 27

Seville

Seville – A tour of this beautiful city, the famous Plaza España, the old Alcazar Palace, the Jewish Quarter and the park of Maria Lucia.

evening: flight to London

Weekend Summit 

Day 5. Thursday – December 28

London

Visiting the most famous historical and cultural sites in the city.

Opening Ceremony
5:00PM

Day 6. friday – December 29

Birmingham

Groups of delegates from around the world will present their Jewish startup ideas at the Innovation Incubator and budding Olami ambassadors will present their pitch for why they should be selected to represent their country. A delegates will join together for a powerful Friday night service and a beautiful Shabbat dinner followed by inspirational programming and a spiritual ‘tish’ until the early hours of the morning.

Day 7. saturday – December 30

Birmingham

Following Shabbat services in the morning, all delegates will join together for a mass learning, high-energy educational experience. Upon the conclusion of Shabbat and Havdala, there will be entertainment.

Day 8. sunday – December 31

Birmingham

Reaching the close of the Summit, delegates will once again be given the stand and it will be their turn to lead talks in an open, engaging and unique way. Then they will gather for the last time, 1200 people strong, for the final closing ceremony where winners of the Innovation Competition and Ambassador program will be announced.

The Summit will end at 2pm

our Speakers

At the Olami Summit, we will be inspired by top speakers from around the world. They will be at the Summit not just to give a talk or lead a session, but to engage and discuss throughout the weekend.

RABBI YISRAEL MEIR LAU

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RABBI SHLOMO FARHI

Director at JFT- Jewish Futures Trust

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Yael Zehavi

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Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz

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our Speakers

At the Olami Summit, we will be inspired by top speakers from around the world. They will be at the Summit not just to give a talk or lead a session, but to engage and discuss throughout the weekend.

Check out the highlights
from 2016

Check out the highlights
from 2016

Seeing the passion of all the teams introducing their ideas made me realize that you’ve managed to inspire great change. I realized that Olami’s project was to encourage us to take part in programs that allow us to become active ourselves—absolutely brilliant! That itself is the winning move!

Matanya, Israel, Winner of the 2016 Innovation Competition

One of the special things I have ever experienced. My brain is exploding from thinking about it so much and its impact on my life.

Yael, Israel

An exceptional Shabbat with fascinating speakers and some very inspiring moments. We are all very sad tobe leaving Sunday and leaving you.

Hanna, France

It was incredible how thousands of Jews despite being from different countries and without knowing us, we were united fighting for the same.

Stefi, Argentina, #EndTheApathy

A meeting with people from my country together with people from around the world who take part in this wonderful organization.

Adva, Israel

Speakers and hosts delivered strong and important messages about the need to give back to the community and keeping Jewish values and traditions for generations to come.

Mitchell Werner, USA

WE ARE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER. STRONGER. GREATER. IT’S OUR JEWISH GREATNESS. WE NEED TO #OWNIT

Seeing the passion of all the teams introducing their ideas made me realize that you’ve managed to inspire great change. I realized that Olami’s project was to encourage us to take part in programs that allow us to become active ourselves—absolutely brilliant! That itself is the winning move!

Matanya, Israel, Winner of the 2016 Innovation Competition

One of the special things I have ever experienced. My brain is exploding from thinking about it so much and its impact on my life.

Yael, Israel

An exceptional Shabbat with fascinating speakers and some very inspiring moments. We are all very sad tobe leaving Sunday and leaving you.

Hanna, France

It was incredible how thousands of Jews despite being from different countries and without knowing us, we were united fighting for the same.

Stefi, Argentina, #EndTheApathy

A meeting with people from my country together with people from around the world who take part in this wonderful organization.

Adva, Israel

Speakers and hosts delivered strong and important messages about the need to give back to the community and keeping Jewish values and traditions for generations to come.

Mitchell Werner, USA

WE ARE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER. STRONGER. GREATER. IT’S OUR JEWISH GREATNESS. WE NEED TO #OWNIT

At Olami, we take leadership seriously.

FAQs

Who can apply to the Regional Ambassadors Program and Innovation Incubator programs? 2017-08-13T06:57:35+00:00
The application is open for any Summit delegate that meets the criteria.
The criteria is specified in detail on the Innovation Incubator/Ambassador pages.
It is only open to those who have registered for the Summit and who have demonstrated leadership potential/experience.
Where do I get more information on the Innovation Incubator and the Regional Ambassadors Program? 2017-08-12T20:16:14+00:00
 Once registered for the Summit, you will be able to access detailed information on the Summit as well as the two leadership opportunities offered.
What type of learning will take place at the Summit? 2017-07-26T18:35:02+00:00

The Summit will hold Bet Midrash style learning sessions as well as informal opportunities for students and Rabbis to connect, engage in discussions and for Rabbis to answer questions.

What it I don’t understand English? 2017-07-26T18:33:54+00:00

Most of the presentations will be in the participants’ native language. For the major presentations where everyone will be together, simultaneous translation devices or subtitles will be available.

Am I going to meet people from different countries? 2017-07-26T18:34:30+00:00

The Summit will gather 1,200 participants from 20 countries. You will have the opportunity to spend time with delegates from around the globe throughout the Summit. Dedicated cross-cultural sessions will take place throughout the Weekend Summit in order to give structured time to cross-country connections.

I won’t be able to attend the Summit. How can I be a part of it? 2017-07-26T18:33:30+00:00

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and stay tuned for ways to be a part of the Summit from the other end of the world.

Do I need to bring food? 2017-07-26T18:32:30+00:00

No! Kosher meals are included in the Summit. Make sure you order kosher food for your flight. Be prepared for beautiful Shabbat meals in an uplifting atmosphere.

What if I don’t know anybody? 2017-07-26T18:32:08+00:00

This is not going to last long! You will be able to meet local Olami Summit 2017 participants before the Summit, at your local pre-Summit event. At the Summit, you will meet hundreds of people from dozens of different countries, and on Shabbat you will have to opportunity to share meals with participants from your region.

What happens at the Summit? 2017-07-26T18:31:19+00:00

The program is designed to engage, unite and inspire. We will have outstanding speakers, learning sessions, great food and the most amazing atmosphere! We will offer a wide variety of events in order to fit different styles.
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and make sure you join our Olami Summit 2017 private Facebook group to get the most up to date information on the Summit, and more.

Will there be security at the event? 2017-07-26T18:29:18+00:00

The Olami Summit 2017 will be under 24/7 Community Security Trust CST surveillance. The CST is working closely with West Midlands Police and the NEC. All delegates and staff will be required to wear their Olami Summit badge at all times. You can further help us by ensuring you do not leave any unattended items around the site, and by reporting any suspicious activity.

How are rooms assigned? 2017-07-26T18:28:14+00:00

Your organization’s staff will assign rooms to your delegation.

What is the venue for the weekend Summit? 2017-07-26T18:27:52+00:00

The Olami Summit 2017 will take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel. This is a large hotel and we are taking over the entire venue.

What is the Spain itinerary? 2017-07-26T18:27:22+00:00

We will be going to the most historical places in Spain: Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Malaga, Ronda, Gibraltar, Sevilla. Click here to view a sample itinerary.

I have special needs, what about me? 2017-07-26T18:23:24+00:00

Upon registration, you will be able to fill out a section detailing your requirements and the Olami Summit 2017 team will assist you and make sure your needs are met.

What’s this about Spain? My organization just told me about the weekend experience. 2017-07-26T18:22:57+00:00

For students traveling from further afield, the Summit begins with four days in Spain.

Is there an option for me to extend or shorten my stay? 2017-07-26T18:22:31+00:00

For those traveling to Spain, the Summit begins on Sunday 24th and finishes at noon on Sunday 31. For those attending the weekend portion only, the Summit begins on Thursday December 28th at 5pm and finishes at noon on Sunday December 31. Each delegate can choose to extend – not shorten – their stay. If you want to change your flight itinerary please liaise with your local staff member who is coordinating your trip. You can stay for as long as you would like. Each team can arrange their own plans and logistics for extending.
If you are extending your trip within the UK, let us know if you would like help connecting with the local Jewish community.

Do I need a visa? 2017-08-09T06:06:17+00:00

Every country has different visa requirements. Make sure to check your visa requirements – and passport validity before booking your flights. Some countries require visas to enter the UK and Spain like Russia and South Africa others like USA, Latin America, and Europe do not. Please look through these links to see if you are in need of a visa and how to apply for one. SpainUK.

Please reach out to us at summit@olami.org if you need any assistance or documents.
Who books our flights? 2017-07-26T18:20:35+00:00

Your delegation leader is responsible for booking your group flights through our preferred partners. If you want to extend or change your individual flights it is your own responsibility to cover any additional fees for flight changes, transfers and transportation. You are also responsible for informing Olami of your flight change through your personal profile page.

How will I get from my local airport to the Summit venue and back? 2017-07-26T18:20:13+00:00

You will meet your local organization’s delegates and fly together as a delegation. Please get in touch with your local Rabbi in order to find out all the details about your trip logistics.

What is included in the Summit? 2017-07-26T18:26:01+00:00

Registering to the Olami Summit 2017 includes: transportation to and from the Summit venues, access to conferences and other programs, accommodation, meals, many surprises and an amazing atmosphere…

The cost of your flights to and from your hometown is not covered by Olami. And transportation to and from the start and finish venue is only covered IF you come as part of a group. If you arrive or leave independent of your group, you are responsible to cover the cost of any related transportation.

I was at the 2016 Summit. Can I come again this year? 2017-07-26T18:18:42+00:00

Thousands of students around the world would like to participate in this year’s Summit and spots are limited. We would like to give newcomers the opportunity to enjoy our Summit, therefore they will get priority bookings. There is an option for students who attended last year’s Summit to pre-register. As we get closer to registration deadline, we will open limited registration spots for pre-registered students.

How do I register? 2017-09-04T09:38:03+00:00

If you would like to register to the Olami Summit 2017, please contact your local staff member. To see a list of participating organizations, click here. The Summit has limited spots available and so this year, is by nomination only. If you are invited to attend, you will receive an email nominating you to register for your spot.

You don’t belong to an Olami-affiliated organization? Find your local Olami member organization here and find out how you can get involved with them. Then hopefully you will be able to attend in 2018.

How can I get involved? 2017-07-19T14:06:24+00:00

If you would like to be part of the Olami Summit team, get outstanding professional experience and help an organization you love email the Summit Marketing team at sweisz@olami.org

I would like to make suggestions 2017-07-19T14:05:04+00:00

We would love to hear what you have in mind! Please contact us at summit@olami.org with any suggestion.

I have a question or query you haven’t listed here. 2017-07-12T10:42:58+00:00

You can contact the Summit team at summit@olami.org. If there is an important question missing, please let us know and we’ll add it in, in order to help other people as well.

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