By COLlive reporter
One of the highlights of the annual policy conference of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is the pilgrimage of its participants to Capitol Hill, where they meet elected and government officials.
This year, one such trip was done not only on behalf of US-Israel interests but also for a religious Jewish cause.
Rabbi Shneur Oirechman, Director of Chabad Lubavitch of the Panhandle in Tallahassee, went to the office of Florida’s Republican Senator Rick Scott in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.
He came equipped with a Mezuzah in hand, which he affixed on the doorpost of the office of Scott’s Chief of Staff Jackie Schutz and Legislative Correspondent Emily Lucas, who are Jewish. After reciting a blessing, the rabbi offered his own blessing for the success of their work.
Meeting Senator Scott were also Rabbi Berl and Chanie Goldman of the Chabad Jewish Center at University of Florida in Gainesville, Rabbi Chaim Lipskier of Chabad at University of Central Florida and Rabbi Shmuly Novak of Chabad of Southside in Jacksonville.
Meeting Senator Scott at the AIPAC Congressional reception were students from Florida State University (FSU) and their Student Government President Ecan Steinberg and supporter Carol Mayer.
They also met with Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio, who is from Florida, and thanked him and his colleagues for their commitment to strengthening the US-Israel relationship.
The conference and the many Jewish people attending it gave the Shluchim an opportunity to help Jewish men with putting on Tefillin and having conversations about Judaism and Israel’s central role in it.
Rabbi Chaim Bruk, Director of Chabad in Bozeman, Montana, was interviewed on Tuesday’s Montana Talks on NewsTalk 95.5 about his participation in the conference.
Great time at @AIPAC tonight with Rabbi Bruk @MontanaJew. Israel is one of our strongest allies and I am committed to strengthening the close relationship between our countries. 🇺🇸🇮🇱 pic.twitter.com/5YdJMzkRps
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) March 26, 2019