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William Daroff
William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of the Jewish Federations of North America, is a leading advocate for the American Jewish community’s agenda in the nation’s capitol. As the chief lobbyist and principle spokesperson on public policy and international affairs for the 155 Jewish federations and 400 independent communities represented by UJC, Daroff ensures that the voice of Jewish federations is a prominent force on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch.

Daroff guides the Jewish community’s advocacy efforts on the federation system’s key domestic policy issues, principally on health and human services, such as Medicare and Medicaid, long-term care, and policies affecting older Americans, as well as homeland security programs and strengthening the capacity of the not-for-profit sector. In addition to his focus on domestic policy, Daroff is a key player in foreign policy circles – advising policy-makers and elected officials on Jewish communal concerns, principally those related to the US-Israel relationship, the Middle East conflict, vulnerable Jewish communities across the world, and the fight to combat states that promote terror. Daroff has testified before committees in both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

Daroff received his Bachelor Degree (summa cum laude) in Political Science & History, Masters Degree in Political Science, and Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He currently lives in suburban Washington, DC, with his wife, Heidi Krizer Daroff, and their two children.

Entries by William Daroff

A Dream We Are ABLE to Enact at Last

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Last week, disability activists across the United States, including myself, were greatly encouraged as the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act moved one step closer to passage in Congress, thus bringing many in the disability community one step closer to being able to plan for their futures.

Standing together...

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Making Inclusion a Reality

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 1:07 PM

This piece originally appeared in Washington Jewish Week.

The baby with Down Syndrome. The senior citizen using a walker. The woman with limited vision. The teen with a hearing impairment. The child on the Autism spectrum.

People with disabilities live in our neighborhoods, go to school with our children, shop...

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The Less-Than-Charitable Cost of Tax Reform

(8) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:37 PM

This piece originally appeared in Roll Call.

If your household is like mine, you made your yearly charitable donations to a number of worthy causes last month, trying to get under the wire for the year's tax deduction. But if the administration proposal to limit deductions passes Congress as a...

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Community: A Gift for the Jewish Future

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 8:47 AM

This post is part of a series from the Ruderman Family Foundation which explores the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community.

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Having just finished celebrating Hanukkah, we spent eight days opening gifts from loved ones as we...

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Fostering Inclusion and Independence

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 1:53 PM

Anytime the Jewish community focuses on the issue of becoming more inclusive and engaging new people in Jewish life, I reflect on the way in which we, as Jews, are taught to value the protection of the most vulnerable among us. "You shall not insult the deaf," reads Leviticus, "or...

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Ensuring the Rights of Persons With Disabilities -- At Home and Abroad

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:02 PM

A version of this piece originally appeared in The Hill's Congress Blog.

As the 112th Congress drew to a close last winter, nearly two-thirds of the U.S. Senate voted to ratify an international treaty that would help ensure millions of people with disabilities around the world have basic rights, open...

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Including Everyone Together

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 6:23 PM

Promoting independent living and community inclusion for people with disabilities is a central reflection of Jewish communal values. Our sages teach us, "Do not separate yourself from the community" (Pirkei Avot 2:5), and the tradition of bringing together Jews in the community from every background lives on in America today.

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The Golden Opportunity of the Silver Tsunami

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 6:24 PM

My maternal grandmother, Johanna Abrahams, z'l, spent the last few years of her life in a spiraling descent of slowly progressing dementia. Born a century ago, she was an early trailblazer -- a university graduate, a community leader, a wife, mother and grandmother who held our family together while moving...

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The ABLE Act: Promoting Inclusion and Independence

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 12:59 PM

The financial strain on individuals with disabilities and their families today is not just a matter of dollars and cents; it's a matter of planning for tomorrow and the long-term future to ensure their independence and inclusion in their community.

Parents of children with disabilities want their kids to be...

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Navigating Health Care Policy

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 2:53 PM

Sandy Teplitzky is a lawyer in Baltimore who represents health care providers every day. Last week, his Jewish activism took him to Washington, D.C., as co-chair of a summit organized by The Jewish Federations of North America that focused on the critical changes in the delivery of healthcare and the...

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Making up the Fabric of America

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 3:07 PM

How different would 2013 be without these 18 Jewish Americans?

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a time of national recognition and celebration of the achievements of the Jewish community to the fabric of American society. For 350 years, Jewish-Americans have made a difference in our nation's government, business, military...

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How Do We Speak of the Holocaust Today?

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 10:22 AM

A few days ago I attended the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington's Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony. While sitting in the audience, I reflected on the many ways we honor and memorialize the victims of this most horrific crime against humanity. We pause to remember the lives lost...

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Priorities for the Jewish Community in 2013

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 1:59 PM

As the chief lobbyist for the Jewish Federations of North America I am often asked about our advocacy issues, and how we decide on those priorities. The key to our efforts is that we form consensus among the Federations in order to focus on issues that are relevant and timely....

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Now Is Not the Time to Discourage Charitable Giving

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 11:02 AM

I was hopeful that the new White House budget released last week would be more friendly to charities and charitable tax deductions than the proposed budgets in past years. Yet I was once again disappointed. Fortunately, thanks to the overwhelming number of Members of Congress from both parties who understand...

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Protecting America's Charities

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2012 | 1:00 PM

The apparent turnaround late last month by the Obama Administration recognizing the importance of tax incentives to bolster charitable giving is good news for the tens of millions of Americans who receive life-saving support from America's nonprofits such as Jewish Federations. We hope the upcoming fiscal year 2013 budget (scheduled...

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Strong Medicaid System is Key to Supporting Nation's Children, Poor and Adults with Disabilities

(3) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 7:23 PM

A program that more than 50 million children, adults with disabilities and older Americans depend upon for support with their health and long-term service needs is under attack in Washington. Medicaid, just like Medicare, is part of the fabric of this nation's health and we must...

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Congress and Caring for Holocaust Survivors

(4) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 12:08 PM

As we light the candles of Chanukah, all Americans should be heartened by a vote taken in the House of Representatives that shines a light on the needs of one of the most vulnerable populations in our nation.

For all the disagreement in Washington, Members of Congress united today to...

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