MAZON Rabbinic Justice Mission

May 15-16, 2018

Washington, DC

This May, rabbis from various denominations are joining MAZON in Washington, DC for a Rabbinic 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is MAZON’s Anti-Hunger Rabbinic Justice Mission?

MAZON’s Rabbinic Justice Mission will convene rabbis 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.    

Highlights include:

  • High-level briefings on current issues related to anti-hunger advocacy from experts, including Robert Greenstein, President, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities;
  • Advocacy training and preparation for strategic visits with members of Congress and key policy makers;
  • Special update on MAZON’s priorities and new initiatives from MAZON President & CEO Abby J. Leibman;
  • Networking between rabbinic colleagues who share a commitment to social justice

When is the Rabbinic Justice Mission?

The RJM begins at 10am on Tuesday, May 15 and concludes at 2pm on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. 

Where is the Rabbinic Justice Mission?

On Tuesday, all programming will be held at The Westin Washington, DC City Center. The hotel is located at 1400 M Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005.

Wednesday’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 has reserved a block of hotel rooms at The Westin Washington, DC City Center (1400 M Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005). The nightly rate is $269.

Please click here to reserve your room as part of the MAZON room block.   

Attendees can also call 1-800-937-8461 to make their reservations instead of using the link. Please reference MAZON and the dates to ensure the group rate of $269. 

Who is invited to participate?

MAZON’s Rabbinic Justice Mission is open to rabbis of all denominations.

How do I register?

Click here to register.

How late can I register?

Early Bird registration will be open until March 1, 2018. Regular registration will be open from March 2-April 3, 2018. Registration will close on April 3, 2018.

How much does the Rabbinic Justice Mission cost?

The Early Bird registration fee is $100 for rabbis who register by March 1, 2018.

The registration fee will be $150 after March 1. Registration will close April 3.

 Participants are responsible for hotel and travel costs.

Are there subsidies available?

Yes, there are subsidies available for the registration fee. Please email Rabbi Erin Glazer before March 1, 2018 if you require financial assistance. She can be reached at eglazer@mazon.org

What meals are included with registration? Will they be kosher?

Registration for the Rabbinic Justice Mission includes breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and a boxed lunch option on Wednesday. These meals will be certified kosher.

Rabbinic Justice Mission participants are also invited to attend an optional reception honoring MAZON’s outgoing Board Chair on Tuesday night. Kosher-style hors d'oeuvres will be served. A list of kosher and non-kosher restaurants in DC will also be provided. Please indicate whether or not you will attend the reception on the registration form.

On Wednesday, 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?

Below is a draft schedule and is subject to change. Registered participants will receive a welcome packet which will include an updated schedule prior to arrival in DC.

Tuesday, May 15
10am
11am
12:45pm
2pm
3:15-5:15pm
6pm
Breakfast, Opening Program
Morning Program/Speakers
Lunch
Speaker: Bob Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Advocacy Training, Issue Update, Lobby Day Prep
Option: Reception Honoring Shirley Davidoff, Outgoing MAZON Board Chair
Wednesday, May 16
Breakfast on your own
9am
10am
10pm

Morning Program on Capitol Hill
Lobby Visits on Capitol Hill (option: lunch on your own between visits)
Debrief/Closing Program (option: kosher boxed lunch pick-up)

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 Wednesday. If you would like to extend your stay and make your own appointments with legislators after the Rabbinic Justice Mission you are welcome to do so.

What should I wear?

Dress on Tuesday will be business casual. For the Lobby Day on Wednesday 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

www.adasisrael.org  

Kesher Israel

2801 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

www.kesher.org/calendar