WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Several high school students from Westchester County were on Capitol Hill on Monday, Dec. 8, meeting with members of the U.S House of Representatives, including Rep. Nita Lowey, R-Westchester/Rockland.
The meeting followed a weekendlong educational program run by The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
The students were from schools including Congregation of Emanu-El of Westchester in Rye, Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester in Chappaqua and Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains.
RAC’s flagship youth program, the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar, seeks to educate Reform Jewish teens about relevant public policy issues of concern to the Jewish community. At the culmination of their conference, the students visit Capitol Hill to advocate for issues that they have learned about during the weekend.
Students from the three congregations gave presentations to Lowey’s staff on the topics of climate change, violence against women and gun violence. The students then spent 25 minutes speaking with the congresswoman about Congress’ central role in ensuring a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, and Lowey talked about the importance of voting and participating in the public policy process.