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Faith-based Organizations and Advancing Their Priorities in Washington

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Every four years, new Administrations bring with them new priorities, plans, and issues they look to implement. These new priorities require faith-based organizations to reassess their approaches and relationships to guarantee that their interests and priorities remain important. Joining us today to discuss how faith-based organizations work with the White House and Congress on important social and other issues is William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of United Jewish Communities. In November 2008, William Daroff was named by the Forward Newspaper as being among the fifty most influential Jews in America. As the Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of United Jewish Communities, he is a leading advocate for the American Jewish community’s agenda in the nation’s capitol. As the chief lobbyist and principle spokesperson on public policy and international affairs for the 157 Jewish federations and 400 independent communities represented by UJC, Daroff ensures that the voice of Jewish federations is a prominent force on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch. Daroff guides the Jewish community’s advocacy efforts on the federation system’s key domestic policy issues, principally on health and human services, such as Medicare and Medicaid, long-term care, and policies affecting older Americans, as well as homeland security programs and strengthening the capacity of the not-for-profit sector. In addition to his focus on domestic policy, Daroff is a key player in foreign policy circles – advising policy-makers and elected officials on Jewish communal concerns, principally those related to the US-Israel relationship, the Middle East conflict, vulnerable Jewish communities across the world, and the fight to combat states that promote terror. He currently serves on the Iran Working Group of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Additionally, President

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