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Reform Jewish Movement Holds Major Public Policy Conference In Washington


Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Senator Clinton, Speaker Pelosi, Senator Harkin, Tommy Thompson, Ambassador Sallai Meridor joins with important Leaders to discuss issues of the day

Contact: Rachel Slomovitz, 202-387-2800
202-841-2360 (Cell)

April 12, 2007, Washington, DC – More than 400 of the Reform Jewish Movement’s top social justice activists, including clergy and lay leaders, will gather in Washington for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s (RAC) 2007 Consultation on Conscience public policy conference. This year’s conference will be held from Sunday, April 15 to Tuesday, April 17, 2007. 

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright will address the conference as the keynote speaker at the inaugural session open to the public on Sunday evening at 7:30 at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Speakers include:
• Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
• Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
• Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
• Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
• Senator Amy Klobucher (D-MN)
• Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor
• Tommy Thompson,
Former Secretary of Health and Human Services
• Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN)
• Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA)
• Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY)
• Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL)
• Representative Mark Kirk (R-IL)
• David Kuo,
Author and former Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director to the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
• Special Envoy to Sudan Andrew Natsios
• Jim Wallis,
President and Executive Director, Sojourners/Call to Renewal.  

The biennial Consultation on Conscience offers intensive, high-level briefings on current issues and critical legislation that are aimed at educating the participants about issues of importance to the Reform Jewish community and motivating them to become involved. The delegates attending the conference include congregants, social action committee chairs and members, rabbis and rabbinical students, cantors and cantorial students, youth groups, brotherhood and sisterhood leaders, college students, and activists from across the country.

What:    Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s 2007 Consultation on Conscience Conference
When:   Sunday, April 15 – Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Where:  Sunday Evening Session: 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Washington Hebrew Congregation- 3935 Macomb Street, N.W.
Monday Sessions: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at L'Enfant Plaza Hotel 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW:  Washington, D.C. 20024 
Tuesday Sessions: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Cannon Caucus Room, 342 Cannon House Office Building  
Who: Hundreds of rabbis, synagogue leaders, activists and congregants from around the country

For additional details and to RSVP, please email Rachel Slomovitz at Rslomovitz@rac.org or call at 202-841-3260 (cell).

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the
Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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