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ZOA Meeting on June 21 Focusing on Self-Defense

Please join us on Wednesday, June 21, for our next quarterly meeting featuring a great lineup of speakers.

The event will begin at 7:30 at the Kaiserman JCC, 45 Haverford Rd., Wynnewood.

Ira Gelman, a martial arts and self-defense expert, will present a seminar on protecting yourself, your family and your institution. Also, Mireia Pons, PR and fundraising director for Yatar Israel, an elite volunteer security unit, will make a presentation about her group. Finally, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day Way,  reunification of Jerusalem and liberation of Judea and Samaria, we will hear from Six-Day War veteran Itzhak Nissim. All of this and more at the next ZOA event.

Free and open to the public – please help others benefit from these important presentations by letting your friends, neighbors, social-media contacts and others know about this meeting. Forward this email including the flyer below.

Volunteers needed to help pre- and post-event.

To volunteer or for more information, please call us at 610-660-9466.

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Help Us Lobby Congress for Pro-Israel Legislation

Shalom ZOA Members, Friends and Supporters of Israel,

As many of you know, Tuesday, June 6, was our Washington Advocacy Mission. We lobbied for four bills in the Senate, and six resolutions in the House. Nearly 70 people from our region participated in the Mission and they were among 200 participants from 19 states who convened in Washington for a day of hands-on pro-Israel advocacy in the halls of Congress.

Before we lobbied, we attended a festive, three-hour luncheon that featured talks by Dr. Sebastian Gorka from the Trump Administration; Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. Sherrod Brown; a number of House members including Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Mark Meadows, and Rep. Louie Gohmert; Christian Zionist leader Gary Bauer; national security expert Frank Gaffney; journalist Molly Hemingway; and others.

For those of you who were not able to participate in the ZOA Washington Advocacy Mission this year, you can still play an important role in helping these important legislative items become laws by lobbying for them with your phone, fax machine or email.

Please contact your lawmakers (both senators and your House member) and ask that Senator _____________ and Representative _________________ co-sponsor the appropriate legislation. Also, please contact everyone you know throughout the nation and ask them to do likewise.

Below are the bill/resolution numbers, the names of the legislation, links to the text of each piece of legislation and for local lawmakers a scorecard of who is already a co-sponsor. There are also links to the Senate and House directories so that you can get the contact information for each lawmaker.

Each of these legislative items with strengthen and benefit both America and Israel.  They were selected as priority items by ZOA National President Mort Klein.

Yesterday was quite an amazing day for everyone who participated in the Mission. Following briefings from our two lobbyists and a welcome from Mort Klein, we heard talks from Dr. Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant national security advisor to President Trump; a number of senators including Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Sherrod Brown; quite a few House members including Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows; leading Christian Zionist Gary Bauer, national security expert Frank Gaffney; and journalist Molly Hemingway.

After this festive luncheon, we fanned out across both the Senate and House office buildings to lobby members of both bodies in their offices. It was an upbeat, positive and productive day.

You can help get our legislative priorities “across the finish line” by contacting your lawmakers and asking others to do likewise. Thank you in advance for your help!

Congress contact information:




S 474: “The Taylor Force Act”

S 722: “Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017”

S 11: “Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act”

S 107: “Safeguard Israel Act of 2017”


HR 1164: “The Taylor Force Act”

HR 1698: “Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act”

HR 257: “Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel Act”

HR 373: “Refusing to Assist Paying for United Nations Actions Against Israel Act”

HR 2232: “Promoting Equality and Accountability at the United Nations Act of 2017”

HR 769: “Safeguard Israel Act of 2017”

To read each of the bills/resolutions:

S 474 (Taylor Force Act): https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/s474/BILLS-115s474is.pdf

S 722 (Iran): https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/s722/BILLS-115s722rs.pdf

S 11 (Embassy): https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/s11/BILLS-115s11is.pdf

S 107 (UN): https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/s107/BILLS-115s107is.pdf


HR 1164 (Taylor Force Act): https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr1164/BILLS-115hr1164ih.pdf

HR 1698 (Iran): https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr1698/BILLS-115hr1698ih.pdf

HR 257 (Embassy): https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr257/BILLS-115hr257ih.pdf

HR 373 (UN 1): https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr373/BILLS-115hr373ih.pdf

HR 2232 (UN 2): https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr2232/BILLS-115hr2232ih.pdf

HR: 769 (UN 3): https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr769/BILLS-115hr769ih.pdf








Time Running Short To Register for the ZOA Washington Mission

Shalom ZOA Members, Friends and supporters of Israel,

Please take advantage of your opportunity to participate in ZOA’s important Pro-israel Capitol Hill Mission on Tuesday, June 6 – as time to register is running short.

Join other Zionists from throughout our region on one of our two buses as we travel to Capitol Hill where we will meet up with other pro-Israel advocates from throughout America for a day of hands-on pro-Israel activism. It is vital that we see our lawmakers and that they see us in Washington.

Bus pickups/drop-offs from Northeast Philadelphia, Center City and Lower Merion.

On the way down there will be a briefing about lobbying, and when we arrive there will be a welcome from ZOA National President Mort Klein, and a briefing on legislation from ZOA’s two lobbyists. A festive luncheon (dietary laws observed) follows, during which numerous senators and House members will come speak to us about their support for Israel, their gratitude for our advocacy and words of encouragement. Then we will lobby: first in the Senate and then in the House, before returning home.

ZOA’s Pro-Israel Capitol Hill Mission is always a satisfying day because of what we accomplish, and to be with so many other Zionists, and a friendly, receptive Congress. The event is always a great learning experience for high school and college students. Greater Philadelphia ZOA is offering free bus fare for local students.

Please see more details in the graphic below.

Thank you to the many members and friends who have already registered for the Mission!






Today, May 12: Last Day for Washington Mission Discount

Shalom ZOA Members, Friends and Supporters of Israel,

Today – Friday – is the very last day to get the discounted rate to participate in ZOA’s National Pro-Israel Capitol Hill Mission, which takes place on Tuesday, June 6. Buses will leave from Northeast Philadelphia, Center City and Lower Merion. Take advantage of this opportunity to save $50 and help Israel by speaking directly with lawmakers from our area and/or their top staff about legislation that will help Israel and America. Join dozens from our area who have already registered for the Mission.

There is a special student discount for the Mission. It is a great learning experience for high school and college students to see our government in action, and to get an early start engaged in pro-Israel advocacy.

The event includes special briefings, a glatt-kosher luncheon with dozens of lawmakers from throughout America stopping by to offer remarks about their support for Israel, a welcome from National ZOA President Mort Klein and opportunities to network with fellow Zionists from our region and beyond.

Register by phone today directly with National ZOA by calling 212-481-1500. The bus fare is a separate fee of $55 payable to Greater Philadelphia ZOA. We are paying the bus fare for all students who attend the Mission. Please call us to reserve your bus seat at 610-660-9466.

Thank you to those of you who have already registered. We look forward to seeing you on June 6!

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Join Greater Philadelphia ZOA in Washington to Lobby for Israel

We want to thank those of you who have already registered to participate in ZOA’s Pro-Israel Capitol Hill Mission.

There is still an opportunity for others to spend a day doing hands-on, pro-Israel advocacy with ZOA in Washington on June 6 – and save $50, but not for much longer.

Please consider participating in our Pro-Israel Capitol Hill Mission, and help us increase our numbers. The price of the Mission is $159 but it will increase to $209 on Wednesday. The cost for students is $75, but it will increase as well on Wednesday. Greater Philadelphia ZOA will pay the $55 bus fare for students.

Many of you have participated in our Washington Advocacy Mission in the past. You know not only how important a day it is, but you also know what a wonderful, meaningful and satisfying day it is to go to Washington, meet with our lawmakers, hear from other lawmakers from throughout our country and interact with Zionists from across America. For those of you who have not participated in this Mission previously, this is a rare opportunity to join with a small group of people for an intimate meeting with your lawmakers in their offices to discuss some of the most pivotal legislation and critical issues important to Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship. The day includes a memorable luncheon where lawmakers from the House and Senate come to talk to us about the matters we care about and they pledge their support for Israel. Dietary laws observed. There is also a lobbying workshop/briefing, and a welcome from Mort Klein, our National President.

We will have bus pick-ups/drop-offs from Northeast Philadelphia, Center City and Lower Merion.

Please register for the Mission as soon as possible! To register or if you have any questions, please call us at 610-660-9466.

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