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Dear AJFCA friends,
Registration for the 2013 Government Affairs Institute and AJFCA Advocacy Mission (GAI) is now OPEN!

Based on the successful 2011 AJFCA Advocacy Mission held in partnership with the Government Affairs Institute, we plan to repeat and improve upon this expanded format.  We have revised the program and content based on your feedback, and this program will offer topics that are timely and relevant to your work.  Capitol Hill visits will be planned in advance.  Additionally, we are aiming for a White House component, which would be new for the GAI.  We strongly encourage you to attend.

The GAI will be held from Tuesday, February 5 - Thursday, February 7, 2013, in Washington, DC and you can register through this link: www.wynjade.com/jewishfederations13/GAI.

The GAI is our premier gathering of professionals and lay leaders who are interested in public policy.  The GAI brings together professionals and volunteers from Jewish family and children's service agencies and Federations to advocate on policies that impact the vulnerable populations that you serve. Throughout the GAI you will hear from distinguished leaders from the Administration and Congress and you will have the opportunity to meet individually with your community's Congressional representatives.  

GAI activities will officially begin at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5th.  We strongly encourage new participants to attend the GAI and learn from seasoned colleagues from around the country.  To help our newer participants, we are considering hosting an optional Advocacy 101 training session that would begin at 11:00 a.m. on February 5th.  This session would discuss the priority advocacy issues, and provide guidance on advocacy in general, including building relationships with public officials.  Please contact us if you would be interested in attending this pre-GAI session.  The GAI will end at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7th.

Each person attending is required to register for the conference and for hotel accommodations (if needed) through the following link:  www.wynjade.com/jewishfederations13/GAI.  The registration fee of $250 (includes meals) will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the registration and credit card information is also required for hotel reservations as all hotel reservations must be booked online through this registration site. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites DC Convention Center for a discounted rate of $229 per night (includes breakfast).  

PLEASE NOTE:  Registering early will enable more effective scheduling of your visits to Capitol Hill and the Administration.  We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible.   To secure your spot now, register at www.wynjade.com/jewishfederations13/GAI.

If you have any questions about content please contact Shelley Rood.  We look forward to welcoming you at the 2013 GAI!

Thank you,

Shelley Rood
Washington Director, AJFCA
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