Take a look around the Washington Convention Center during the next three days and you'll see that AIPAC Policy Conference continues to grow more diverse every year. Jews and non-Jews, religious and secular, African Americans and Latinos—all of them are here to show their support for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.
At a breakout session this afternoon called "From Solidarity to Support: African Americans and Israel," a panel of African American community leaders will discuss how they got involved in pro-Israel politics through AIPAC.
In addition, 81 pastors are attending the conference, which features programming specifically designed for Christian supporters of the Jewish state. Tomorrow at noon, a panel discussion called "Friends of Faith: Evangelical Christian Support for Israel" will examine the roots of Christian Zionism.
About 4,200 Policy Conference participants are here as part of more than 200 different synagogue delegations. Among them are more than 400 rabbis and cantors who will be treated to a special track of programming, including a lecture by the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Lord Jonathan Sacks.
Policy Conference is continuing its tradition of hosting delegates from around the world. Pro-Israel activists from dozens of countries are in Washington this week to learn about the key issues affecting Israel.
If you are a Policy Conference veteran, take a moment to approach anyone who you think might be a first-time delegate. Welcome them and ask them how they got involved with AIPAC. We all have a lot to learn from each other.