March 26, 2021
What's On Our Mind ...
Have a Happy Passover!

Why is this night different from all others? Because this Passover we are finally able to gather with family — even if it is not our entire extended family just yet.

There is finally hope and a new sense of freedom after a challenging year. This comes just in time for the holiday of Passover, which embodies both ideals.

As we sit down at our Seder table, we will read from the Hagaddah and retell the story of the Jews' exodus from Egypt. The story is undoubtedly well-known. However, it is important to recount it year after year. Remembrance is integral to this holiday and the continuation of our heritage.

No one will forget this past year of the epic COVID pandemic. We each have an experience that will stay with us forever. We will share those memories over and over again. We will be reminded of what we lost, but also what we gained. This will be our story to retell.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Passover.

Upcoming Events
Candidate Event
Virtual Reception in Support of
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI)
Wednesday, March 31
7:00 pm ET | 6:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm PT

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Special Event for Current Members Only
Conversation with JAC Member & Superhero
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Senior Chief Deputy Whip, House Energy & Commerce Committee
Tuesday, April 6
5:00 pm ET | 4:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm PT
Israel Elections and Beyond:
A Conversation with Aviv Ezra
Consul General of Israel to the Midwest
Friday, April 16
12:00 pm ET| 11:00 am CT | 9:00 am PT
Special Event for Current Members Only
Conversation with
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA)
House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Agriculture Committee
Monday, April 26
4:30 pm ET | 3:30 pm CT | 1:30 pm PT
Instagram of the Week
March 24, 2021 - On this Women’s History Wednesday, we are honoring Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). In 2007, she became the first woman in Congress’s history to become Speaker of the House. At the time, she was the highest female federal office holder in U.S. history. Under Pelosi’s leadership, the House has passed many landmark bills such as the ACA, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and more recently, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, the Equality Act, and much more. Her leadership has been instrumental to furthering our democracy, protecting JAC values, and inspiring women and girls across the country. #WomensHistoryMonth #EmpoweringWomen #NancyPelosi #SpeakHERPelosi

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The Last Word
"If you can only win an election by making it harder to vote, you should not hold elected office.”
— Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
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