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The Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Millstone Institute invite passionate community members to participate in a transformational leadership experience. Leading for Social Change: Washington D.C. Mission will take place Sunday, April 30-Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in addition to the Advocacy Training Experience in advance of the trip.

From behind-the-scenes briefings at the U.S. Department of State to face-to-face meetings with House and Senate leaders, policy makers and Jewish leaders, participants will:

  • Explore the needs of the global Jewish community.
  • Discover the influence the Jewish community has on America’s social and political landscape.
  • Be briefed on national security, Israel and Federation funds flowing to our agencies.
  • Master the new political realities that shape our future.

The three pre-trip sessions in advance of the Mission (February 12, March 5 and April 23) will be facilitated by professional consultants who have expertise in lobbying, grass roots and coalition building and a commitment to working on complex policy issues around human services and the nonprofit sector.

Through access to experts and exploration of complex issues, participants will:

  • Learn skills and tools in outreach and advocacy.
  • Gain tools for lobbying government officials.
  • Grow and develop confidence and competence to be a more active and impactful constituent.

Applicants should have a passion for social justice and an interest in expanding their volunteerism in the St. Louis Jewish community. To apply, visit Space is limited and all applications will be subject to review.

For more information, contact Karen Sher (Millstone Institute) at or 314-442-3824 or Maharat Rori Picker Neiss (Jewish Community Relations Council) at 314-442-3770 or