898 For years, members of Jewish communities from across the Commonwealth have converged at the State Capitol in Richmond to collaborate on Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day, also known as “Date with the State.”  Our annual Date with the State has proven to be a powerful forum through which we have effectively communicated with our General Assembly members about issues of importance to the Jewish community. This year’s event, spearheaded locally by the Community Relations Council (CRC), will be held on Wednesday, February 1. 

Once again, our Hampton Roads Date with the State delegation will travel together via bus to and from Richmond, leaving the Simon Family JCC about 8:45a.m.  Once at the State Capitol, we will have lunch with our fellow Virginia Jewish communal lobbyists and Heads of Social Service agencies for the state. The Governor and Attorney General have been invited to the lunch, and they usually attend and address concerns to our community.

As lunch ends, Debra Linick, Community Relations Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, will present an issues briefing with lobbying tips.  The delegations then divide up to visit their respective regions' State Senators and Delegates.  Issues being discussed this year include Caring for Virginians with regards to social services, support for the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board, anti-bias legislation and more. 

For more information about how to join this year’s Date with the State, please e-mail Robin Mancoll, Director, Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater at rmancoll@ujft.org or call her at 965-6120.  Also, CRC Legislative Action Committee Chairs Bill Nusbaum and Megan Zuckerman wish to identify personal connections anyone in the community has to our local legislators which may help in delivering our message most successfully; please e-mail or call Robin with those connections, as well.

by Allison Cooper

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