By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Marketing
Protecting Medicaid and Medicare, safeguarding the Jewish community from terrorism and advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities are just a few of the priorities for William Daroff and the Jewish Federations’ Washington Office this year.
Daroff, named by the Forward newspaper as one of the 50 most influential Jews in America, will bring his unique insight into the inner workings of Capitol Hill to the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s annual Men’s Night Out on April 27.
As the senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington Office, Daroff is a leading advocate for the American Jewish community’s agenda in the nation’s capital.
He is also a social networking pioneer and evangelist. He has twice been named by JTA as being among the top five most influential Jewish Twitterers in the world, and was named by the National Jewish Outreach Program as one of the top 10 Jewish influencers in social media.
“The Jewish community should stand up and speak out on issues that are important to make sure our elected officials know who we are and what we believe,” Daroff recently told the Cleveland Jewish News.
Some of the other topics Daroff and the Washington Office have identified as priorities this year include:
- Empowering older adults to age well with dignity and an enhanced quality of life through the funding of tax credits, partnerships and volunteer opportunities to support Holocaust Survivors; creating new pathways to Baby Boomer retirement and reducing barriers to senior employment; and providing funding to research Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
- Promoting the international interests of the Jewish Federations by combating the assault on Israel’s legitimacy and sovereignty; strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship and safeguarding Israel’s defenses, particularly the Iron Dome; and opposing Iran’s development of a nuclear weapons capability.
- Assisting immigrants and refugees by supporting refugees, particularly those fleeing from Iran; securing funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement; and promoting fair and compassionate immigration reform.
Men’s Night Out is open to men who have pledged a minimum of $365 to the 2015 Campaign for Jewish Needs. The event on April 27 will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the JCC and is $40 for dinner and the program. Register now.