Effecting change often requires us to tell our elected officials how we feel. The White House and members of Congress listen to their constituents, and care about constituent opinions. But to be effective, you must properly communicate your point. Elected officials and their staff are people too, and as you would react negatively to someone who sent you an angry or threatening letter, so do they. Click the “How to Advocate” button to download some guidelines that are founded on civility and common sense.
Below is a list of Websites where you can find out more about what your government does, and how to contact your leaders. It is also important to maintain knowledge of Israeli relations; take a look at the Embassy of Israel to the U.S. also.
The Heller Community Relations Committee (CRC) of the Jewish Federation, as part of its outreach initiative, meets with candidates and seated elected officials in order to provide them with information about the Federation and potential issues that may come up of particular interest to the Jewish community.
Each election, we offer the candidates in the upcoming election an opportunity to complete a questionnaire developed by CRC leadership to share with you. Candidates in all parties for Congressional Districts 16 and 17, Florida State Senate Districts 21 and 23 and Florida State Representatives Districts 71, 72, 73 and 74 were contacted to participate in this virtual "Meet the Candidates."
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee does not endorse or support candidates for political office but we do provide public policy education on issues of interest to the Jewish community.
Below are the responses from the candidates in alphabetical order.
Click the candidates name to view their responses.
Candidates with "*" next to their names did not submit a questionaire.
Congressional District 17
State Senate District 21
Florida House of Representatives District 71
While advocating to political leaders will get your voice heard by the individual leaders, it is also effective to advocate to your peers.
Though the overall message may be the same, advocating to your peers is much different in its presentation and execution. We live in a country where each individual is allowed their own opinion and voice; how we use that voice can mean the difference between keeping your relationships in tact, or losing them.
Click the SOCIAL ADVOCACY button for some tips on social advocacy.
Through the Heller Community Relations Committee, The Federation of Sarasota-Manatee offers programs throughout the year where you can learn about issues, offer support, attend a rally, engage with community leaders, and more. Click HERE to learn more about the Heller CRC.
Without the donation of advocates and other community members, programs like the Heller CRC wouldn't be offered. Making a donation to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee helps to support advocacy for Israel, and strengthens Jewish life and identity in our community. Click HERE to make a donation to The Federation, and help promote the support of Israel.