AIPAC Policy Conference 2015
February 28 - March 3, 2015
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
Our Brother Alephs and Sister B’nai B’rith Girls,
BBYO’s commitment to Israel is both rooted in our history and ingrained deeply in our values. The Aleph Zadik Aleph and the B’nai B’rith Girls are prioritizing Israel education, awareness and informed advocacy through our Speak UP For Israel initiative, and by sending more Jewish teens to Israel.
AIPAC, one of our Speak UP partners, is one of the nation’s most influential lobbies. BBYO is proud to be one of AIPAC’s youth partners and we are committed to sending strong leaders that are politically minded, pro-Israel teens to this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference.
During AIPAC Policy Conference, thousands of Jewish adult leaders from around the world committed to the strength and endurance of the State of Israel and the Global Jewish community will gather for this important annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
The conference includes over 100 unique sessions facilitated by the world’s leading political and military experts about Israel’s current challenges and achievements. The Gala Banquet will feature more than half of the House of Representatives and Senate powerfully displaying their continued commitment to Israel – and is one of the largest gatherings of members of Congress, second only to the State of the Union Address. In past years, President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and many Presidential candidates have made it a priority to make an appearance.
Please submit your applications by Friday, January 2, 12:00 PM EST. Staff will be consulted on all applicants. AIPAC’s student conference fee for BBYO participants is a subsidized down to $299. Student delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in the AIPAC High School Hotel Block for $250 per delegate for three nights (February 28, March 1, and March 2). There will be four students of the same gender per hotel room, and again, AIPAC cannot accommodate roommate requests. Lunch, specified dinners, transportation to D.C. and to the hotel is not covered. Once accepted as a BBYO delegate, we will provide you with more about travel, accommodations and the program.
Because BBYO has limited space, the teens chosen to represent BBYO -- and transitively, the Jewish teen community -- will be held to the highest standards of conduct. You will be expected, furthermore, to bring back the lessons you have learned and participate in BBYO’s new Speak UP initiative Teens4Israel. This program will provide you with skills and knowledge to advocate for Israel and lobby at your local political offices.
If you, your parents or teachers have any questions about the program, please contact Joey Eisman (JEisman@BBYO.org).
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