Paramus, NJ, April 28, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Over 100 students from The Frisch School senior class traveled to Washington, D.C. this past Wednesday to lobby 40 members of the United States Congress. Groups of eight students each met with a member of the House or Senate and had a chance to discuss issues regarding the Middle East. Some of the issues discussed included the Iran Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, the fate of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers in Lebanon and Gaza and foreign aid to Israel.
"As future leaders of the Jewish community, it is necessary and important to lobby Congress in support of Israel," said Benjamin Rabinovitch, a Frisch senior. "The future of the Jewish community is in our hands and as young Jewish Americans, we were proud to have our voices heard in Washington."
"We are very proud of our senior class," said Dr. Kalman Stein, Frisch's principal. "They have not only taken major strides in their academic learning, but also in their ability to engage in society and participate in the democratic process."
"It was an honor meeting with the various political representatives in Washington," said Yaron Schwartz, a senior at Frisch. "The Senators and Representatives showed their immense support and respect for the State of Israel and they had a keen understanding of the important issues. As the future leaders of the Jewish community, we found it extremely rewarding to have a frank and open discussion about the issues that would affect our future and the future of the State of Israel."
The students met with Senator Frank Lautenberg (D, NJ), Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtnen (R, FL-18), Congressman Steven C. Latourette (R, OH-14), Congressman Tim Holden (D, PA-17), Congressman Steve Rothman (D, NJ-9), Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D, NJ-8), Congressman Scott Garrett (R, NJ-5), Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY-20), Congressman Vito Fossella (R, NY-13) Congresswoman Shelly Berkley (D, NV-1) and top aids for other Senators and Representatives. The students also had the opportunity to meet with the staff of the House and Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"It is truly an honor to meet with students of the Frisch School in Paramus year after year," said Congressman Steve Rothman. "Each time, I am impressed by the depth of their knowledge and their passion about issues ranging from Iran's nuclear threat to foreign aid to Israel. The Frisch School has clearly done an outstanding job instilling in its students the ideals of American democracy and our Jewish heritage."
The students researched the issues they lobbied for as well as the legislative record of the Senator or Congressman with whom they visited. In addition, members of the Frisch faculty conducted training sessions with the students to help prepare for the visit to Washington.
Helena Tendler, another Frisch senior, noted, "This lobbying trip has played a large role in my development as a young Jewish woman. It gave me the opportunity to interact with some of the top political leaders in the country and it helped me develop the skills necessary to make a difference on important issues."
The Frisch School, located in Paramus, NJ, is a private, co-ed Jewish High School with a demanding dual curriculum of Judaic and college preparatory studies. The goals of The Frisch School are to promote the values of the Jewish heritage and the ideals of American democracy, within an environment that encourages critical and creative thought. With over 600 students and 100 teachers and faculty, The Frisch School is the second largest co-ed Yeshiva High School in America.
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April 26, 2007
CONTACT: Aaron Keigher