Day in the District

Make your voice heard!  Meet face-to-face with federal policymakers—in your own community—to advocate for issues that matter to us, as Zionists and American women. Attend an advocacy training or legislative briefing to learn about Hadassah's policy priorities and then prepare your legislators to fight for the issues that we care about most.  Add your voice to ours as we advocate for Israel and women’s health, including our Gender Equity in Medical Research initiative.

With 330,000 members, Associates and supporters—found across every U.S. congressional district—Hadassah makes an impact at the local, state, and federal levels. Together, we can amplify our impact, strengthen Hadassah's influence in Washington and bring about positive legislative change. 

“Hadassah is like a well-oiled machine. You know how to get things done. You take an issue, research it, and form a plan to take care of it, mobilize your thousands of members across the country and get it done.”
—Representative Rosa DeLauro, ranking member on the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, during her meeting with Hadassah advocates.

In the Press

Hadassah Days in the District are happening in congressional district offices from Southern California to Fargo, North Dakota to New York City.  

National Impact

Your local advocacy strengthens Hadassah's influence in Washington, DC. Two grateful Representatives—Ami Bera and Jim Cooper—thanked Hadassah advocates for helping to secure cosponsors for their important women's health legislation.


A Personal Story

Read a personal account of the Day in the District meeting with Congresswoman DeLauro by Hadassah's Advocacy Communications Network Team Leader.

Become an Advocate

Sign up to attend or help organize a Day in the District in your community.

Hadassah Advocates Get Results

We work closely with key legislators to ensure that our outreach is coordinated and effective, and that our priorities are at the top of the congressional agenda. Following Days in the District with Hadassah advocates, several Representatives became cosponsors of the Research for All Act and the Women's Preventive Health Awareness Campaign. The lead sponsors of both bills sent letters to Hadassah thanking us for our efforts.

Congressman Jim Cooper

"Hadassah has been a real leader raising awareness that men and women are not treated equally in health research. Science needs to serve both men and women, and Hadassah's support for the Research for All Act will hep us reach our goals."

Congressman Ami Bera, MD

"I greatly appreciate Hadassah's partnership in the effort to improve women's health. The efforts of Hadassah members to support [my bill, the] Women's Preventive Health Awareness Campaign, by making it a policy issue in the 'Day in the District' campaign has made a difference in this regard."

A Special Advocacy Message from Congressman Ami Bera

Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) also recorded a special video message to urge Hadassah members to take an active role in government by meeting with their elected officials and making their voices heard on important issues. Rep. Bera, MD, also discusses his own Women's Preventive Health Awareness Campaign legislation.

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Day in the District: A Personal Story

By Pennie Sessler Branden, Team Leader of the Advocacy Communications Network

Our Day in the District was so energizing! On August 18, Paula Samuel, Jessie Palumbo, my daughter Ariel Branden and I sat down with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro for over an hour of productive, honest, and engaging conversation in her Connecticut office.

From gender equity in medical research, to the Iran Nuclear Agreement and to our kids and grandkids, we were able to not only explain and discuss our legislative priorities but also get to know her better on a personal level. The conversation went beyond the surface as Congresswoman DeLauro was well versed in all of our issues, and we were prepared with our Hadassah fact sheets and talking points. These helped us to be very clear and direct on our positions. We even got some new ideas about our potential for more effectiveness on one of our issues, which we immediately shared with our National Advocacy Team.

One of our greatest takeaways was hearing from the Congresswoman that the best time to visit her was during her district work period and not in her DC office. She said that we were always welcome to visit her in Washington, DC, but that meeting at her district office is when she can truly give us more uninterrupted time and attention to discuss our priorities in depth. Her quote above speaks to the unique power Hadassah can yield with this Day in the District program—mobilizing our membership in a way that so many other groups can’t.

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