Friday, November 30, 2012

JCRC Hosts William Daroff at the JCC

JCRC Director Linda Feldman and William Daroff
Federation's Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) held its Fall meeting last night in the theater of the Lawrence Family JCC.  Tad Parzen, JCRC Chair, and Linda Feldman, JCRC Director, welcomed more than 60 community leaders with an informal dinner in the beautiful art gallery.  JCRC community updates were provided by Jennie Starr, Leslie Caspi, Barry Klein, Lisa Pearl, Rabbi Laurie Coskey, Caridad Sanchez and Jessica Nare.  They spoke about current projects related to Israel Advocacy, Public Policy/Legislative Advocacy and Interfaith/Intergroup Relations and encouraged participation from all those interested.

William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of the Jewish Federations of North America addressed many diverse issues presented to him by Rabbi Philip Graubart of Congregation Beth El.  William spoke about the presidential elections and whether the administration was really pro-Israel, how Jews vote and their influence in Congress, the threat of a nuclear Iran, implications of the latest UN vote and the fiscal cliff.  He also answered many related questions from the audience.  One very important message he left us with is that advocacy matters; we must understand and know that it is the average citizen whose voice is often heard by Congress over the lobbyists that knock on their doors ever day. We can make a difference.

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