Date with the State

by | Jan 16, 2017 | What’s Happening

Wednesday, Feb. 8, Richmond

The annual Community Relations Council’s delegation to Richmond for Jewish Advocacy Day is the Federation’s flagship political action event. With remarkable events taking place in last year’s national election cycle, no Jew can remain silent on issues such as fighting anti-Semitism, supporting Israel, and safeguarding religious freedom for all Americans. ‘

One of the easiest and most impactful ways to be heard is through on-the-ground citizen advocacy for these positions at the Virginia General Assembly. Comprised of just 140 elected members and meeting in session for just 45 days in odd-numbered years to consider new legislation, the General Assembly moves at a fast pace and often with laser focus. At the same time, members understand the importance of meeting with constituents to hear their concerns on issues before the body.

Tidewater’s elected officials include more than 20 members from both sides of the political aisle. Also, with statewide elections taking place in November 2017, several members of Tidewater’s elected officials plan to vie for statewide office including Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and Frank Wagner (declared candidates for Governor) and Delegate Glenn Davis (Lieutenant Governor).

It is important for all of Tidewater’s delegation members to know that the Jewish community speaks with a loud and unified voice on issues of great importance to its members, and that that voice translates directly to votes in the upcoming election. The relationships created through Date with the State, as well as other contacts, pay long-term dividends.

As session bills are filed and assigned to the various committees, the CRC will closely monitor all proposed legislation and identify those bills and resolutions that require action.

Although the particular legislation that will be discussed on Jewish Advocacy Day is still being decided, some past issues will surely be worth raising again with delegates and senators. The Virginia Israel Advisory Board is a powerful asset to the Commonwealth, and support for community agencies is always on the agenda.

A final wonderful attribute of Date with the State is the opportunity to join in fellowship and solidarity with communities from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia for a day of advocacy and recognition. This full day of political action and relationship building pays huge dividends.

$36 helps defray the cost of bus transportation, kosher lunch and materials. A check mailed to UJFT, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462, att: CRC—Date With the State, confirms a seat on the bus. For more information, or to reserve a seat by Jan. 31, email or visit www.