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The Jewish Federations of North America's Washington office

Our Washington office promotes the interests and concerns of The Jewish Federations of North America, the umbrella organization uniting 153 Jewish Federations and 300 independent communities, to members of Congress and the Administration. The Jewish Federations of North America's Washington office works to ensure that the voice of the Jewish federations is a prominent force in health and human service policy decisions. 

Our Public Policy Priorities 
Our Washington office advocates on issues of concern to the Jewish federations, including long-term care and prescription drug benefits for Jewish elderly, assistance to Jewish families at risk and strengthening the capacity of the not-for-profit sector.  Following are just some example of how The Jewish Federations of North America's Washington office promotes the interests of the Jewish Federation movement in Washington, D.C. 
View our public policy priorities

Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities
Faced with the prospects of increased service demands and associated costs with the expected doubling of the older adult population over the next 20 years, Jewish Federations of North America launched in 2000 its National NORCS Aging In Place Initiative to test the efficacy and adaptability of the NORC-SSP paradigm. The Initiative, funded through federal demonstration grants and a host of local matching sources, involves more than 40 projects in 25 states that are projected to serve upwards of 20,000 older adults during the demonstration periods.  To learn more about NORCs, please visit the NORC National Aging in Place Initiative website at www.norcs.com.

Advocacy in Washington
Every year The Jewish Federations of North America's Washington office brings hundreds of volunteer and professional leaders from across the country to Washington, D.C. Participants of The Jewish Federations of North America's Washington Missions Program come from far and near to tell their representatives about concerns facing their local communities.

Contact The Jewish Federations of North America's Washington Office at 202-785-5900 if you have any questions about our advocacy work or drop us a line to receive policy updates and action alerts. To read the biography of William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy & Director of the Washington Office, click here.

Action Alert: Farm Bill, Behavioral Health, and Holocaust Survivors

Read more about the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act, Responding to the Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act, and how you can get involved.

Read the full Action Alert here.

Action Alert: Summer 2013

In 2013, some legislation JFNA is focused on includes:

The Budget and Annual Appropriations (FY 2014)
Tax Reform
Israel's Security and Iran
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disability Treaty)
Older Americans Act Reauthorization and the RUSH Act (S. 999)
Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act (S.  717)

Read the full Summer 2013 Action Alert here.

 Jewish Federations of North America Health & Long-Term Care Resource Center

This resource center can assist you in educating, engaging, and empowering your Jewish federation or partner agency in moving forward with our public policy agenda geared toward health and long-term care.  It will provide you with the vital tools that you will need as you strengthen your Jewish community’s efforts to deliver a high standard of care to those who are most in need of services.