CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Victor Urecki, the rabbi for Congregation B'nai Jacob in Charleston, will speak on a panel Monday morning and talk about how he and others have strengthened ties with members of West Virginia's congressional delegation on U.S.-Israeli relationships.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, is hosting the conference Sunday through Tuesday in Washington.
Urecki called the chance to speak a real honor.
"Because of our size, because we are a very small, close-knit community, our members have formed close friendships with each member of our congressional delegation. West Virginia is different.
"There will probably be 10 times the number of Jews in that room at the conference as in our entire state. Nevertheless, we have conversations with our members of Congress. That is thrilling."
AIPAC's mission is to strengthen the ties between the United States and its ally, Israel, according to AIPAC's website.
As America's leading pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC works with Democrats, Republicans and independents to enact public policy that enhances the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Urecki is scheduled to be part of a panel on Monday.
"We think it is going to be on Monday morning, starting at 9:30. It may be covered on C-SPAN," Urecki said.
But all meetings during the three-day conference will be broadcast live on AIPAC's website, www.aipac.org/pc.
Urecki said he would not be talking about major "issues of urgency" that will get focused on by some panels, including issues about "Iran's nuclear program, Syria and Egypt, or foreign aid -- a critical issue of Israel as for the rest of the world."
Urecki said he would focus on work here in West Virginia.