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Israel Needs Your Help in Washington — Participate in ZOA’s Capitol Hill Mission

For Israel’s sake, please come to Washington with ZOA to participate in our annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Mission.

The traditional Luncheon and Lobbying Day will take place on Thursday, June 20. This year there will be a special Kickoff Dinner the night before, on Wednesday, June 19, which you will have an option to attend. There will be a special guest speaker at the dinner – we will announce who that will be shortly.

Registration is now open for both of these events. See the link below.

Both the dinner and luncheon will be glatt-kosher.

To register for the Mission, go to the link below. Please see the special instructions later in this email for those of you who want to take the bus round-trip from the Philadelphia area on June 20, or return with us that afternoon if you are going for both days.



Why is it important for you to participate in ZOA’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Mission this year?


These times remain perilous and much of the world remains hostile to the Jewish State of Israel.

  • There are now a number of overt public anti-Semitic Israel bashers in Congress. They have repeatedly made hateful statements against the Jewish State and the Jewish people – with no consequences.
  • Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) has codified into Law its policy to pay Arabs to murder Jews and the more Jews an Arab has killed, the higher the pension. These killers are also guaranteed a top government job once they get out of prison. The PA spends $400 million a year on these rewards.
  • The Palestinian Authority never ceases to promote hatred and violence against Jews in their schools, media, speeches, and sermons. They continue to officially praise Jew killers as martyrs.
  • Iran continues to threaten Israel with its buildup of missiles and its nuclear program.


You can help educate our lawmakers in Washington, D.C. about the perils that Israel faces – which also affect our own country’s security. You can have a voice in shaping U.S. policies that are beneficial to Israel and the U.S.


In addition to the optional kickoff dinner, the Mission includes:

  • Attend a briefing from the ZOA Government Relations department on the issues affecting Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship;
  • Participate in a special kosher luncheon on Capitol Hill with members of Congress, in a magnificent Senate room where dozens of members of the House and Senate will address our delegation;
  • Meet our professional lobbyists, and other ZOA activists from around the country;
  • Meet with your representatives in the House and Senate and/or their top aides to talk about issues affecting Israel and the US.-Israel relationship.


You must pay for the Mission via National ZOA. You can pay by check or credit card. To pay by check, call 212-481-1500. You can also pay with a credit card via phone. To pay online, go to https://zoa.org/mission-events/zoa-mission-to-washington/

See the instructions in the images below if you choose to pay online.


For those who want to go on the Mission for June 20 only: Our Greater Philadelphia bus will leave from Northeast Philadelphia and Merion Station. If there is enough demand, we will try to include a pick-up/drop off from Center City and perhaps Bucks County. You must call our office to reserve your bus spot and pay in advance. To pay for the bus, send a check for $55 per person to: ZOA, P.O. Box 56, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.


To pay by credit card, you can do so online at our Web site. The cost will be $58.30 per person, which includes processing fees. Go to: https://zoa.org/donate/philly/

Please see all Mission registration and bus instructions in the images below.

If you have any questions or for more information, please call us at 610-660-9466.

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To pay for the Philadelphia bus by credit card:

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“Safety, Security, Self-Defense” Workshop on April 9

Shalom ZOA Members, Friends and Supporters of Israel,

Please join us for our Greater Philadelphia ZOA special event “Safety, Security, Self-Defense” featuring experts in personal and institutional security, self-defense and emergency first aid. It takes place Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Kaiserman JCC.

See all of the details in the flyer below.

We are asking that you please pre-register to attend this event. You may do so at the Eventbrite link below. This event is free and open to the public.

We are also looking for volunteers to help us before, during and after the event. If you can volunteer or have questions, please call our office at 610-660-9466.

Please let your friends, email lists and social media networks know about this event so that the entire community can benefit.





Upcoming Security/Self-Defense Workshop

You are invited to attend a special workshop that Greater Philadelphia ZOA is sponsoring titled “Learn how to Protect Your Family, Yourself, Your Home & Your Institution.” The event will offer a basic overview of self-defense; firearms; personal, home and institutional security; and first aid led by experts in Krav Maga; firearms safety; situational awareness and institutional security; and “Stop the Bleed” emergency first aid. With acts of Jew-hatred increasing, it is important to have a basic understanding of good practices – just in case.

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. You may pre-register at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-how-to-protect-your-family-yourself-your-home-your-institution-tickets-58398268794

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7 p.m., at the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center,  45 Haverford Rd, Wynnewood.

Please see the flyer below and share it with your friends, your email lists and social-media contacts.

If you have any questions, please call our Office at 610-660-9466.

Purim Sameach!


Concerned about the rampant rise of Jew-hatred in America? Want to do something about it but you are not sure what to do?

Concerned about the rampant rise of Jew-hatred in America?

Want to do something about it but you are not sure what to do?

ZOA can help.

It is important to understand that there is an increase in attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions; an increase in the openness of Jew-hatred; what some of the driving forces behind them are; and importantly: what can be done to
mitigate it and combat it.

Please consider hosting a ZOA event about Jew-hatred in America, the
relationship between Jew-hatred, anti-Israel activity and anti-Zionism, and what each of us can do.

This can be either a public event for a congregation, community organization or a discussion group — or it can be a private parlor meeting in a home or office.

ZOA is fighting back and working tirelessly.

ZOA’s experienced, knowledgeable experts will discuss
both contemporary issues and historical background with your congregation or group or in your home or office, and we can explore active methods and strategies to expose
Jew-hatred, combat it, and gain support for Israel and the Jewish community.

Contact us today to arrange a program, while you are thinking about it, at 610-660-9466 or






“What You Never Knew About Jerusalem … and Why It Matters” the focus of ZOA’s upcoming meeting

Despite the fact that the United States Embassy is now in Jerusalem, and other nations are beginning to follow suit or discussing the potential to move their embassies to Jerusalem, there are still those who want to divide the city, make it also the capital of a “Palestinian” state and deny and deride the Jewish connection to Jerusalem. Therefore, as advocates for Israel, each of us should help make the case that Jerusalem is central to the Jewish People and Israel, and why it must not be divided.

Please join us on Monday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim for our next quarterly meeting featuring an important presentation and discussion with Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Rosenbaum. See the full size flyer below and attached. Also below is a full bio on Rosenbaum.

We are also looking for volunteers to help out before, during and after the event.

For those who may be coming from Center City, we have people looking for a ride. Please call our office at 610-660-9466 if you can help someone attend.

Dr. Jonathan Rosenbaum, President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at Gratz College, and also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, will help us make the case for Jerusalem. He will explain our connection to Jerusalem – including facts that you were not aware of – and why it matters.


So please join us for this event and encourage those you know to attend also. A full-size flyer is below and a PDF is attached. Please post on social media, print it and post it throughout the community, and send it to your email lists.

Thank you!

Jonathan Rosenbaum is a prominent researcher, administrator, rabbi, and consultant, Dr. Rosenbaum has received academic tenure at three institutions, held an endowed professorship, and pioneered online and on-campus academic programs. As a specialist in the ancient Near East and in Biblical studies, he has taught and published in those fields as well as in rabbinics, American Jewish history, and Jewish education.  Additionally, he has served as a deputy director of a major archaeological expedition in Israel.  He studied at Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox rabbinical institutions, earned rabbinical ordination, and occupies the rare position of having served congregations and been recognized as a rabbi in all of those streams of Judaism.

Rosenbaum’s work provides a response to anti-Israel rhetoric and anti-Semitism by presenting the conclusions of current Biblical and Near Eastern scholarship. Utilizing archaeology, ancient inscriptions, histories, chronicles, coins, and Biblical and extra-Biblical texts inscriptions, he documents the historical reality of ancient Israel and Judah from the conquest of Canaan to the fall of the Second Temple. In doing so, he allows primary sources and rigorous, scholarly analysis to refute misconceptions, errors of fact, and falsifications often espoused by supporters of BDS and others who oppose Zionism and the State of Israel.

At our February 4 meeting, Rosenbaum will hone in on Jerusalem, giving us the background on why Jerusalem matters to the Jewish People and Israel, and to give us the tools to help each of us make the case for Jerusalem and why it must remain Israel’s undivided eternal capital.

For more information, please call us at 610-660-9466 or email us at office@zoaphilly.org.

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