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JWF Monthly Advocacy Issues Update

Dear JWF Trustees and Friends:  
 
We are pleased to share the Advocacy Committee's March update highlighting our grantees and issues impacting Jewish women and girls.

Thank you to everyone who attended our February 29 program on Religious Refusals.  For a brief recap of the event, please read this JUF News article. 

Please save the date for our next Advocacy Committee meeting on April 6 from 12-2pm at Federation. Our special panel presentation will explore how the BDS movement on college campuses gets linked to feminism and LGBTQ rights. (Details to follow.) If you plan on attending, please email Mary Thomas at MaryThomas@juf.org. 
 
Please consider attending RTI's program Sunday, April 3rd from 4:00-6:00pm at Ida Crown Jewish Academy. In partnership with No Shame on U, JCFS, NCJW, JVS, Hillel, and Response, our Cohort 1 RTIs will speak with Jewish community members, parents, teens, rabbis, and youth educators about their research findings on the mental health of Jewish teens in Chicago. There will also be facilitated teen-only and parent-only break out space for intimate discussions, as well as a call to action by our Jewish mental health agencies for increased awareness of the challenges faced by our teens.

As always, please feel free to pass along any information you think we should share with our Trustees.
Fondly,

Nancy Kohn, Advocacy Committee Chair
Sara Kalish, Senior Program Officer

P.S. You are invited to join a group of Jewish leaders on the annual advocacy mission to Springfield, IL on May 4th and May 5th. Do not miss your opportunity to advocate for our concerns with the Governor, members of his administration, and members of the Illinois General Assembly. If you are able to attend, JWF will provide you will specific briefing materials on our advocacy agenda so that you are prepared. If you haven't already, sign up here for the Mission.

P.P.S. Be part of JUF's inaugural Good Deeds Day, a community-wide effort that will engage hundreds of volunteers in a variety of projects at agencies throughout Chicago and the suburbs, on Sunday, April 10.
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