D.C. Day of Action

*Please note that this event has limited capacity. Once capacity is reached, anyone who registers will be added to a waitlist.

The D.C. Day of Action is a peak moment in theReform Movement's 2023 Social Justice Campaign. This campaign aims to build power in solidarity while creating a world of peace and wholeness (shalom), justice and equity (tzedek), and belonging and joy (shayachut and simcha). We will gather in Washington, D.C. for two days to hear from keynote speakers including elected officials and leaders from partner organizations. We will also spend time in smaller cohorts, building community across our networks. The Day of Action will culminate in lobby meetings on Capitol Hill, during which we will advocate for vital policy change.

This event is one step in a series of important actions we will take in our own communities and across the Reform Movement to create change and build our power. Whether you are a seasoned Reform Movement social justice leader or are new to the Movement, we hope you will participate in this important opportunity to act together for justice. 

Dates: May 10-11, 2023

Event Pricing

The URJ subsidizes the cost of our events in order to increase the accessibility of our programming for the broadest possible audience.

The subsidized cost of the Reform Movement's DC Day of Action is $150 and covers the direct costs of producing this event (hotel, bus, and catering fees). The full cost of this event, which includes staff planning time and other unseen costs, is $300.

If you are able, please consider paying the full cost of the gathering. Your generosity in covering the full program expense will allow the URJ to reach more people from diverse backgrounds and communities.

If the costs associated with attending the DC Day of Action are not accessible to you, we have a limited amount of funding available to help subsidize this experience. Please email campaign@rac.org for more information.

Travel Logistics

Hotel

Upon registering for the Day of Action, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on reserving a hotel room in the event room block.

Flight information

The URJ is pleased to provide the following airline discount codes for your use:

For United Airlines

To make flight reservations online, please click on the discount code ZMXA296083

For Delta Airlines

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Union for Reform Judaism
You may also call Delta Meeting Network* at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EST) and refer to Meeting Event Code NM2BX

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation
800 number
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Arrival information

  • The program will begin at 4:00 p.m. ET on May 10 at the event hotel located in Northern Virginia near Reagan National Airport (DCA).
     
  • Hotel information, including a discounted room rate, will be shared upon registration.
     
  • If you are flying to Reagan National Airport (DCA), the hotel provides a complimentary airport shuttle and is connected to a Metro station. You can also opt for a short taxi/ride share ride.
     
  • If you are flying to Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI), please be sure to arrive with enough time to commute via taxi/ride share to the hotel. If flying into Dulles, you can also take the Metro from the new Dulles Metro Station to Northern Virginia.
     
  • If you are taking the train into Washington, D.C.’s Union Station, you can take the Metro or a short taxi/ride share ride to the hotel.

Departure information

On Thursday, May 11, attendees will visit their congressional offices for lobby meetings. These meetings will be scheduled for the morning and afternoon. Please note that in order to participate in your lobby meetings, you should plan to leave Capitol Hill no earlier than 4 p.m. We ask that you please book your return travel plans according to the guidance listed below:

  • From Reagan National Airport (DCA) – Do not depart earlier than 5:30 p.m. ET
  • From Dulles International Airport (IAD) – Do not depart earlier than 6:30 p.m. ET
  • From Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) – Do not depart earlier than 6:30 p.m. ET
  • From Union Station: Do not depart earlier than 5:00 p.m. ET

Healthy and Safety Protocols

In managing COVID, in-person meetings and events are unique. While they present the COVID-related challenges around spending time together in close proximity, their short length reduces the risk of spread within the group as compared with longer immersive programs. We are currently experiencing a shift, both in the evolution of the COVID virus and in the societal and individual responses to it, from pandemic to endemic. This transition is bumpy and indirect. Navigating this rough terrain makes it impossible to establish mitigation protocols that feel aligned for every individual. That being said, the URJ's commitment to public health is steadfast, as well as our commitment to the Jewish value of Ma’akeh le-Gag’chah - safety for others. Our people and their wellbeing are our primary obligation. 

We will continue to evaluate the current COVID conditions, including community transmission and clinical severity, as we look ahead toward the DC Day of Action and will communicate protocols to all registrants via email. We are deeply committed to open, ongoing, and honest communication.

Frequently Asked Questions

What issue(s) will we be acting on at this event?

The D.C. Day of Action is part of the Reform Movement’s Social Justice Campaign, a long-term effort to build power in solidarity and create a world of peace and wholeness (shalom), justice and equity (tzedek), and belonging and joy (shayachut and simcha). We are currently researching potential issues and strategies for this campaign, and you can help weigh in by joining one of our Zoom Town Halls in late January/early February. Our action in Washington, D.C. will be one step in a series of actions we will take in our communities and across the Reform Movement to create change.

Am I required to participate in lobby meetings?

We are planning to schedule lobby meetings for all attendees. After registering, we will follow up with you to confirm your participation in lobby meetings. There will be opportunities to volunteer for a leadership role in your meeting, but you may also attend solely as a participant among your state/congressional delegation.

Who will we meet with during our lobby meetings?

We will do our best to ensure that everyone attends two meetings; in most cases this will be one Senate and one House meeting. While we cannot guarantee that you will meet with your Senator or Representative, we will do our best to ensure that meetings are scheduled with their appropriate staff member.

This event is short. How and when will I prepare for my lobby meetings?

All preparation for lobby meetings will take place in advance over Zoom. We will offer 1-2 trainings focused on the lobbying experience and issues. Those who volunteer for leadership roles will have additional opportunities to come together for training and support. Each state/congressional delegation will meet once over Zoom prior to the event.

Who is the intended audience for this event?

The Day of Action is an opportunity for both seasoned and emerging Reform Movement social justice leaders.

I want to help make the Day of Action and Reform Movement’s Social Justice Campaign successful. What can I do?

Everyone has a role to play in making our campaign and time in Washington a success. If you are interested in a particular leadership role, such as helping move your own community into action or coordinating actions with local decision-makers (including the lobby visits that will take place on May 11), you can let us know when you register.

I’m planning to attend by myself. Will there be opportunities to meet other attendees?

In addition to meeting others in your delegation over Zoom, the event will begin with a round of breakout sessions. You will also spend Thursday on Capitol Hill with your delegation.

We will facilitate a meeting spot for attendees who wish to have dinner with fellow participants on Wednesday evening.

Will meals be provided during this event?

No meals will be provided, but we will have a reception with drinks and a light dessert Wednesday evening. You will have a two-hour break for dinner on Wednesday. We will provide a list of local restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. You may also dine at the hotel restaurant. You should plan to purchase your breakfast on Thursday morning at the hotel or nearby. You should plan to purchase your lunch on Capitol Hill; we will provide information about lunch options closer to the event.

This campaign is made possible in part by the Leo and Libby Nevas Foundation.