JUFJers deliver mishloach manot in Annapolis for Purim

JUFJ’s Guide to Annapolis Logistics

Where

  • Senate hearings will be in the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401
  • House of Delegates hearings will be in the House Office Building, 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401
  • Find updated information about room numbers at http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/ and click on “Meetings” on the home page.

When

  • Most hearings begin at 1:00 PM Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Find updated information about hearing times at http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/ and click on “Meetings” on the home page.
  • Arrive at the hearing/committee room at least 30 minutes before the hearing starts.
  • Hearings in Annapolis can take a long time! The tentative bill order will usually be announced at the beginning of each hearing, but not always. The order is subject to bill sponsors’ availability, the number of bills, and the number of witnesses signed up to testify. Sometimes hearings can go late into the evening.

How to Get There

  • Please plan for traffic and give yourself extra time to park and get into the building.
    • We strongly suggest reserving a parking spot at least two days in advance by visiting the Annapolis parking website, selecting Gott’s Court Garage (this is the closest to the State House), Noah Hillman Garage, or Knighton Garage, and selecting “Buy Daily Parking.”
    • If you don’t reserve in advance, a good option is the Park Place Garage at One Park Place on West Street. It is a 20-minute walk to the House Office Building; or, park at the Navy Stadium and take the shuttle to the State House.
  • You will need a photo ID to go through security at the front door.
  • When you arrive, check in with a JUFJ staff member.
  • Put your coat on a seat in the hearing room as soon as you arrive. The hearing rooms often fill up and without a seat you will have to wait in the lobby.

What to Bring

  • A JUFJ shirt to wear. Don’t have one? jufj.org/shirts.
  • Warm clothing for standing outside
  • A photo ID to go through security at the front door.
  • A mask to wear when you are indoors
  • Snacks and water!
  • A phone to take photos of other JUFJers doing things in Annapolis, especially if they are wearing JUFJ shirts or buttons. Good options are people testifying, talking to legislators, holding up signs at a rally, etc. If you are comfortable, post photos on social media and tag JUFJ. Send photos to sam@jufj.org.

Who

Here are the people who can join JUFJ at a Maryland General Assembly hearing in Annapolis:

  • You
  • Your Jewish friends and family
  • Your non-Jewish friends and family
  • People who are testifying about legislation
  • People who are not testifying about legislation

Why

Being a visible presence in a General Assembly session or committee hearing is a powerful piece of our advocacy work. Together, we can remind our legislators and each other that Maryland Jews believe in racial, social, and economic justice. And together, we can build a more just Maryland for everyone.

JUFJ Events in Annapolis

  • Maryland Time to Care Coalition Meeting

    February 8 | 4:00 pm5:00 pm

    Join our next coalition meeting for updates and specific ways to take action to ensure the strongest implementation of paid family and medical leave.

  • Day of Action for Maryland Youth Justice

    February 16 | 9:30 am5:00 pm

    Every child must be treated with dignity, respect, and fairness. Join JUFJ and our partners in the Maryland Youth Justice Coalition for a day of action in Annapolis in support of the YES Act! We’ll be gathering outdoors in the morning with the coalition, and then joining the bill’s committee hearing…

  • Purim Action in Annapolis (and more!)

    March 2 | 9:00 am3:00 pm

    Every year on (or near) Purim, JUFJ activists deliver mishloach manot, sweet gifts to our legislators, along with a reminder of our legislative priorities.

  • Maryland Community Meeting

    March 8 | 7:30 pm9:30 pm

    Join us for our next Maryland Community Meeting where we’ll discuss campaign updates and how we can best move our work forward. All are welcome!