2011 ZOA Advocacy Mission to Capitol Hill

On May 12, ZOA Brandeis members joined ZOA Chapters from around the country for an exciting, informative and highly effective day of lobbying our Members of Congress.  The day began as hundreds of ZOA members began arriving by bus, train and automobile, all committed to advocating for Israel in this very crucial time.

We heard from Dan Pollak and Josh London, our always-inspiring Co-Directors of Government Relations here in ZOA National’s Washington, D.C. office.  They gave the large gathering tips and techniques for effective lobbying.

Next we heard from various Members of Congress, too numerous to name here, but including outstanding supporters of Israel such as Shelley Berkley of Nevada, Allen West of Florida and Eliot Engel of New York. They inspired us to make our voices heard on Capitol Hill.

After a delicious kosher lunch in the Hart Building, we left in groups to visit the offices of our Members of Congress asking their support on important current issues including:

Support and Passage of HR 1006, the “Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2011” introduced in the House by Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN). This bill would recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel and require the U. S. Embassy in Israel to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem no later than January 1, 2013.  It would also rescind language allowing the President of the United States to continue annually deferring the relocation of the U. S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

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