Thankfully, the political ads and phone calls have stopped.  But, this should not be a signal that we can turn our attention away from the national stage.  Our passion to make things better in our country should not stop on Election Day.  We can’t expect our elected officials to fix everything on their own.  Nor can we expect our elected officials to do everything we want them to do – especially if we remain silent.  I hope you will refocus your pre-election passion into post-election responsibility.  Get involved in the healing of our great country and help determine the direction we take in the years ahead.

This being said, I share with you two organizations that have just been brought to my attention – organizations that are on the ground doing incredible things to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  As you know, so many people are still suffering – and, to make matters worse, they are dealing with the effects of another storm and freezing temperatures.  As I shared with you last week, there are some incredible grassroots organizations, including the Niederhoffer Foundation and 596 Acres, working in New York and New Jersey to assist the victims:

 Niederhoffer Foundation – Sandy Relief

596 Acres

Unrelated to Sandy, but in response to this week’s election, I want to reiterate what I shared with you during the High Holidays: the 113th Congress, which was elected on Tuesday, will contain 91 new members.  Many of these newly elected members of Congress, like many of the 106 members elected in 2010, have little to no understanding of Israel and the American-Israel relationship.  Those of us who care about Israel and the strength of the American-Israel relationship must insure that our national leaders appreciate just how much we want the United States to support the Jewish State.  You can do your part by joining me in Washington, D.C. March 3-5 for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference.  This Conference will bring you face to face with America’s leaders and educate you on the key issues facing Israel today and the need for us all to work together to strengthen America’s bond with the Jewish State.  You can find out more information about AIPAC and the Conference by visiting  Please let me know if you want to join me in Washington!

I thank you in advance for taking a stand and doing your part to make a difference.

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