IN RESPONSE TO a request from national Hadassah that its regions hold “Days in the District” in August to meet with congressional representatives while they were in their home states, on Aug. 13, Hadassah Northern NJ members and associates met with two New Jersey legislators.
The first meeting was held with Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Dist. 11) at the Caldwell Diner, with the discussion centering on his position on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. The Hadassah members also presented the organization’s policy platform on gender equity in medical research and asked Frelinghuysen to support the “Research for All Act” that is being presented in Congress as well as the Women’s Preventive Health Awareness Campaign.
The same issues were discussed with Sen. Bob Menendez (D) at a second meeting, held in his Newark office. Menendez invited Hadassah members to his policy announcement on the Iran Nuclear Agreement on Aug. 18 at Seton Hall University; 18 members and associates attended the event and heard the senator declare his opposition to the deal.
“Overall, these were meaningful and important experiences for Hadassah Northern NJ,” said region president Stephanie Z. Bonder of West Caldwell. “We became involved in advocating for causes of importance to us and to Hadassah. We took action and shared our voices.”
On Monday, Sept. 21, at 7:15 p.m., Hadassah Northern NJ will host an American Affairs panel at the Cooperman JCC in West Orange featuring Rosalee Keach of the League of Women Voters; Barbara Bortniker of NORPAC; and Lauren Katz, policy associate of national Hadassah. To RSVP, call 973-530-3996.