Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day 2015: A chance to meet elected officials

by | Dec 23, 2014 | What’s Happening

Date with the State: Wednesday, Feb. 4
Bus departs Sandler Family Campus at 8:45 am, returns by 6 pm
CRC Briefing on Date with the State: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 pm

Mix civic responsibility, democracy, political action, Jewish values and history with a healthy dose of elbow rubbing with powerful people and you’ll get an idea of what it’s like to participate in Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day.

Held annually at the General Assembly in Richmond, the event brings representatives from Jewish communities throughout the Commonwealth to hold meetings with their city, county or regional delegates and senators, and to join in a communal lunch. As in years past, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General have been invited to speak during the lunch hour and all are expected to attend.

In face-to-face meetings, small teams of community members will visit their elected officials’ private offices to share concerns about legislative decisions affecting the community, relay information about crucial programs and agencies and create visible, tangible evidence of a vocal, voting and informed citizenry.

The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater coordinates the area’s delegation.

Each year, Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day leaves attendees feeling energized and empowered upon their return to Tidewater at the end of the day.

The CRC’s Insiders’ Briefing on Wed., Jan. 28, will provide all registered attendees with detailed talking points and lobbying tips for their Date with the State. It takes place at the Sandler Family Campus at 6:30 pm.

$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. 28, visit