"Whether you are from West Virginia or New York or California, your participation matters in Washington.
"You can make a huge difference when you stand together. It gives me a clear appreciation of what goes on in Washington, how important it is to make our feelings known and to have conversation with our members of Congress in a polite and intelligent fashion, not by screaming," Urecki said.
Vice President Joe Biden will be the main speaker at one of the general assembly sessions during the three-day conference.
The event also will feature appearances by Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C.; Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
Ehud Barak, Israel's former prime minister and defense minister, will also be among the conference speakers.
"The general assemblies will be explaining what AIPAC is all about, and the U.S.-Israel relationship," Urecki said. "And it will be a thrill to be up there highlighting what West Virginia is all about."
There will be up to 200 breakout sessions after the featured assemblies, some of which will be conducted in Spanish.
"We will also have a Palestinian negotiator and a former Israeli negotiator to talk about their work. We will hear a very intelligent dialogue about critical issues and about how complicated the situation is.
"We will talk about Iran, about how difficult that situation is and whether they will abandon their nuclear program," Urecki said. "We are trying to do everything we can do to avoid a military conflict.
"We will have 13,000 people gathering at the conference. We will hear different thoughts and ideas. We all come to listen to people.
"It is unbelievable how much bipartisanship there is. Unlike a lot of conferences, AIPAC makes sure everyone gets their time. Everyone will be polite, despite what is going on in Congress right now. It is exciting."
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