NORPAC’s Mission to Washington is an annual event where we bring close to a thousand citizen activists to Washington, DC, in order to advocate for a stronger U.S.-Israel relationship with Members of Congress. Mission attendees are bused (or can use their own transportation) to Washington in the morning, and arrive at the Washington Convention Center where they attend a brief plenary session with presentations by Congressional leadership.
Afterwards, individuals converge to their assigned groups – usually of 4 to 6 people – and meet with Members of Congress and their staff to discuss this year’s talking points regarding pressing legislation on U.S.-Israeli concerns. The event wraps up the same day in the early evening, and transportation is provided to get back home.
What We Advocate For
Each year NORPAC selects different issues to present to Members of Congress related to legislation in the U.S. House and Senate. Previously we have advocated for stronger Iran sanctions, continued foreign aid, increasing military and strategic cooperation between the U.S. and Israel, and additional funding for the Iron Dome anti-missile defensive system. A talking points handout is supplied to all Mission attendees well before the event in order to bring them up to speed on the latest, most pressing issues and legislation.
Who Comes on the Missions
People of different age groups and backgrounds come on the Mission to Washington. Many students, professionals, members of the clergy, and retirees join us each year. NORPAC welcomes students from Eighth Grade and up, accompanied by a legal guardian if under 18. We are not lobbyists! We often have people attend the Mission who have never advocated for Israel to a government official before. It is a unique experience for people of all ages, and is educational and inspirational for everyone involved.
Join Rabbi Bassous on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. On a single-day trip you will meet with Members of Congress and their staff, and share your concerns with them about aid to Israel, Iranian threats, security cooperation, and more. Help us make a difference once again! Buses leave for Washington from our area at 6:30 AM and return between 9-10 PM .There will be briefings on the bus. All meals will be provided.
Why wait? Join us on this year’s Mission to Washington and help us make a difference!