Patti Jo Wolfson, beloved faculty member and master teacher at Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, attended the recent National Policy Conference of the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She wrote this letter to the community:
I’ve just returned from the 2013 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC. This was my 7th Policy conference and each year I return even more invigorated and more determined to introduce the Congregation Or Ami community to the wonders of AIPAC. Congregants David Litt, Steve and Allison Martini, Chaniel Cooper, and educator Jodi Levine joined me with 13,000 other pro-Israel activists from all 50 states. The theme for this year’s conference was “Shaping Tomorrow Together”.
The program highlights included the ways that America and Israel are working together to build a prosperous future in science innovation, military marvels such as the Iron Dome, and advances in the humanitarian projects. We saw a live demonstration of a paraplegic walking again with the Israeli invention, ReWalk. We heard from an Israeli soldier who worked in the Iron Dome Unit and saw, first hand, how many lives were saved, including his own family, because of Iron Dome’s ability to shoot rockets out of the sky. We heard Israeli and African farmers explain how Israel is developing agricultural projects in Africa to help feed starving nations there.
We witnessed speeches from any distinguished speakers such as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, US Vice President Joe Biden, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (live via satellite) and many important members of our United States Government from both sides of the aisle. Everyone came together to support the friendship between two allies.. Israel and America.
I hope you will consider joining Rabbi Paul, his wife Michelle and myself and the following Congregation Or Ami members, who have already register for the 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC: Jodi Levine, David Litt, and Allison and Steve Martini. We are planning on bringing a delegation of 20 Or Ami members.
I guarantee that attending the AIPAC National Policy Conference will bring joy and satisfaction to your life, just knowing that you are doing something to help the homeland of the Jewish people. It excites and comforts me to know that America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, works with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to enact public policy that enhances the U.S.-Israel relationship. We are making a difference!
In the meantime, Miss Jodi and I are planning a summer informational event for interested COA members to learn more about AIPAC. Please let me know if you are interested in being added to our guest list.
Patti Jo Wolfson