MAZON Jewish Clergy Justice Mission
November 15-17, 2020
This November, leadership from various denominations can join MAZON in Washington, D.C. for a Jewish Clergy Justice Mission to learn about hunger in America through a Jewish lens, engage in advocacy and policy training, and meet with members of Congress and their staff about these issues on Capitol Hill.
In our COVID-19 reality, we must share the following. We strongly hope that we will be able to travel and gather to learn and advocate once again come November. Even if those restrictions are lifted generally, individuals still might need to take precautions. If we are able to hold this event, we know it will look very different than it has in the past. But ultimately, we certainly know that we will be addressing the effects of COVID-19 on hunger and poverty for years to come, making the front-line advocacy efforts of our clergy partners all the more pressing.
We will keep all interested parties abreast of any changes, and we will keep participants' needs - and indeed, health and safety - at the forefront as we consider the logistics of this event.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is MAZON’s Anti-Hunger Jewish Clergy Justice Mission?
MAZON’s Jewish Clergy Justice Mission will convene rabbis and cantors from various denominations in Washington, DC to learn about hunger in America through a Jewish lens, engage in advocacy and policy training, and meet with members of Congress and their staff about these issues on Capitol Hill.
- High-level briefings on current issues related to anti-hunger advocacy from experts;
- Advocacy training and preparation for strategic visits with members of Congress and key policymakers;
- Special update on MAZON’s priorities and new initiatives from MAZON leadership;
- Networking between rabbinic and cantorial colleagues who share a commitment to social justice.
When is the Jewish Clergy Justice Mission?
The JCJM will take place on Nov 15-17, 2020. While firm times have not been set, we expect programming to begin Sunday evening and end Tuesday afternoon.
This date was chosen to get greater access to Congressional members, made more difficult this year due to the abbreviated Congressional schedule of election season.
Where is the Jewish Clergy Justice Mission?
On Sunday and Monday, all programming will be held at The Darcy (1515 Rhode Island Ave NW Washington, DC 20005).
Tuesday's Lobby Day will be held on Capitol Hill. A detailed schedule of times and locations for Lobby Day will be distributed during the program.
Is there a special hotel rate?
MAZON will reserve a block of hotel rooms at our conference hotel. You are not obligated to stay at The Darcy - please just inform the MAZON team if you are staying elsewhere.
Who is invited to participate?
MAZON’s Jewish Clergy Justice Mission is open to rabbis and cantors of all denominations.
How do I register?
Registration is not yet open, but we invite you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us.
How late can I register?
How much does the Jewish Clergy Justice Mission cost?
The registration fee is TBA.
Participants are responsible for hotel and travel costs.
Are there subsidies available?
Yes, there will be subsidies available for the registration fee. Please email Liz Braun-Lilenfeld if you require financial assistance. She can be reached at email@example.com.
What meals are included with registration? Will they be kosher?
Registration for the Jewish Clergy Justice Mission includes dinner on Sunday, breakfast and lunch on Monday, and breakfast on Tuesday. All meals will be vegetarian/pescatarian, but kosher meals may be requested.
On Tuesday, there will be an option to request a kosher boxed lunch (please indicate your need for this on the registration form). If you do not require kosher food, there will be an option to purchase lunch on your own at one of the Capitol Hill cafeterias.
What is the program schedule?
A draft schedule will be shared closer to the event. Registered participants will receive a welcome packet which will include an updated schedule.
Do I need to schedule my own appointments on Capitol Hill?
No, you do not need to make any Hill appointments. MAZON will schedule all appointments for the Lobby Day on Tuesday. If you would like to extend your stay and make your own appointments with legislators after the Jewish Clergy Justice Mission you are welcome to do so.
What should I wear?
Dress on Sunday and Monday will be business casual. For the Lobby Day on Tuesday, we suggest business clothing and comfortable shoes.
What are daily minyan times at local synagogues?
Please check congregational websites for daily minyan schedules:
Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
2801 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
What more can you tell me about this experience?
Please read the following reflections and press releases about the program:
- Jewish Clergy Justice Mission - 2018: Press release; "Feeding People, Body and Soul," reflection from Rabbis Deana Sussman Berezin and Brian Schuldenfrei
- Jewish Clergy Justice Mission - 2019: Press release; "Serving Our Veterans," a reflection from Rabbi Michael Singer
We are also happy to arrange conversations with cohort members.