April 28, 2023

On Our Minds...

Our First JAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC:

Thoughts From First Time Attendees

CAROLYN MORETTI -- Highland Park, IL

I wasn't sure what to expect in DC when I signed up to attend JAC’s 2023 policy conference in Washington last week. But I was excited about all of the opportunities. I had heard so much about experiences at past conferences. As someone who has been politically active and aware my whole life, it was an added bonus for me to meet so many smart, politically active JAC women on this trip. 

Walking the halls of Congress to visit Representatives and Senators felt surreal. I was going to meet with the people I have talked about, called, and wrote postcards to help elect. JAC provided me with the access to meet with them in person. I was able to make my voice and concerns heard. Many of us have made donations, helped get out the vote, and urged our peers to vote for change. At the conference, I was not only able to see them, I was able to ask them to continue to fight for the things that I care about such as gun laws and reproductive rights. 

I also met JAC members from across the country. It was wonderful to hear about their experiences. They eagerly shared their knowledge of Congress and experiences from past conferences. I not only learned from Members of Congress, but also the women and men who joined me at the conference. They shared their knowledge, many having been a part of these trips for years. 

I was so proud to be a part of this trip and to represent JAC. My goal for next year is to bring my friends with me to share in these amazing and empowering experiences. 

From l to r: Lara Shamblott, Allison Shaewitz, Carolyn Moretti, and Marisa Chez at the West Wing of the White House during the JAC Conference.


I am so grateful to JAC for the incredible opportunity to be part of their policy conference. I was excited to attend my first conference as it felt like a way to make a difference during a trying time. JAC’s issues, especially choice & gun violence prevention, are important to me. But I never knew how to make an impact. Donating and making phone calls didn’t feel like enough. However, there is power in numbers. I loved that I could go to the conference, stand with other women (and a few men) with one strong, unified voice and with such a well respected and established organization. 

I didn’t realize how much I would learn. I’m proud of my Jewish heritage, but I wasn’t confident about how to speak about Israel given the current political situation. This conference helped me to understand the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship and how to discuss that with Members of Congress.

I also learned how to advocate more effectively for the issues I deeply care about such as gun violence prevention and choice. I was impressed and inspired by the other conference attendees. They are strong, intelligent, and passionate women. 

I made memories that I’ll cherish for a lifetime. I met Representatives, Senators, and staff who impressed me with their dedication and knowledge. JAC helped me to feel empowered as I discussed issues with Members of Congress and urged them to cosponsor bills and protect our rights.

I’m excited to follow in the footsteps of these amazing JAC women. I want to excite my generation and younger generations to continue to move the needle towards a two state solution, a world where hatred is no longer a worry, where our bodies and medical choices stay between a woman and her doctor, and where gun violence is a thing of the past. JAC is giving me that way.



Friday, May 5

Rep. Jan Schakowsky's 22nd Annual

Ultimate Women's Power Lunch

with special guests LA Mayor Karen Bass & Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA)

Chicago, IL


(Note JAC table when you register)


Sunday, May 7

Women for Brad Luncheon

in support of Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10)

with special guests IL Comptroller Susana Mendoza &

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering

Northbrook, IL


(Note JAC table when you register)


Tuesday, May 9th

Dessert & Discussion on Gun Violence Prevention

with IL Lake County States Attorney Eric Rinehart & Chair of the Illinois Violence Prevention Initiative Sara Knizhnik

Highland Park, IL



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