JFNA’s Washington office is the eyes and ears for Federations in America’s capital. It represents Federations’ interests and concerns to members of Congress and the Administration and advocates for key legislation that supports Federations’ work and affects the safety and security of Jewish institutions.
It also organizes policy planning meetings with thought leaders doing similar work and supports missions to Washington that connect local Federation leaders to top elected officials.
The Washington office joins other advocacy groups in lobbying for $10 billion in federal support for social services. These funds augment Federations’ philanthropic dollars invested in affiliated hospitals, senior care, community centers, family and children’s service agencies, and vocational programs.
One-quarter of the 130,000 Holocaust survivors in the U.S. live in poverty. Federations’ National Holocaust Survivor Initiative, which benefits from the support of our friends in Congress and the Administration, is raising $45 million over three years to help local Jewish agencies meet the growing need for increased services for survivors, including home health care and emergency assistance.
Ensuring that every Jew can participate in Jewish life is a significant Federation priority. The Washington office is part of a coalition of groups advocating for legislation that expands support in all areas of life for those with disabilities.
It also works with local Federations to help them develop programs and facilities that make Jewish life accessible to all members of their communities.
The Washington office lobbies annually for federal and state funds that help vulnerable Jewish communal institutions, such as community centers, schools and synagogues, protect themselves against security threats. It also helps them determine how best to utilize those funds.
Federations’ Secure Community Network (SCN) helps communities coordinate with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to provide additional safeguards.
We hope to hear from you. You can reach out to the JFNA Washington Office at 202.785.5900.