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Advocacy Update

JFNA, AJFCA & IAJVS member agencies came together in Washington, DC this past Tuesday and Wednesday for the 2014 Government Affairs Institute & Advocacy Mission.  This was an opportunity to hear from speakers on policy issues that matter most to our agencies, discuss advocacy issues, receive briefings at the White House from key Government officials, lunch with Congressional members, and have the opportunity to make Hill visits to their local representatives.  
Click here to see highlights of the GAI in photos - more pictures will be added in the coming days.  For information on how you can get more involved with AJFCA's Legislative Agenda - contact Washington Director Shelley Rood.

As part of Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, AJFCA members joined Lee Sherman and AJFCA's new Director of Older Adult & Disabilities Services Liz Woodward for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day on February 6 hosted by the Jewish Federations of North America and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

Speakers from the Collaboration to promote Self-Determination and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities briefed a collection of over 40 members of Jewish social service and disability advocacy organizations on 2 important pieces of legislation to promote inclusion: the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty and the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE). Participants also visited over 30 congressional offices to advocate for support of these policies.

Support these important pieces of legislature to promote better inclusion of people with disabilities at home and across the world by contacting your congressman. Learn more about the issues here:

In 2005, the United Nations declared January 27 an international memorial day for t
he victims of the Holocaust. In honor of this, Tablet Magazine asked photographer Jason Florio to take humane portraits of a small sampling of New York's Holocaust survivors--to avoid remembering the Shoah in the abstract, and to remind readers of the dignified specificity of each survivor's life.  Click here to view the nine portraits, and listen to the short audio interviews that accompany each one.

Tablet Magazine Creates Stunning Collection of Survivors' Stories