Category: Elections

Save the Date: JPAC’s Advocacy Day 2014




May 12th – May 13th

Join Jewish community members from across the State to influence decision-makers in Sacramento on issues of concern to the broader Jewish Community.

Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street Sacramento 95814

Monday, May 12: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. – Legislators’ Reception

Tuesday, May 13: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Program & Legislative Appointments

General Registration is $85.  Students are $45.

Visit to register online.

 Questions? Contact Julie Zeisler, JPAC Association Director at


Advocacy Day 2013 Press Release

May 21, 2013

For immediate release:

On May 20 and 21, over 60 representatives from 13 Jewish organizations across California came to Sacramento to participate in the 2013 Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California (JPAC) Advocacy Day in Sacramento. Advocates heard from high-ranking public officials including State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, and Assembly Speaker John Perez who received JPAC’s 2013 Legislator of the Year Award.

JPAC Advocacy Day is an annual mission to Sacramento that brings together lay leaders and staff from Jewish organizations all over California, including Jewish Federations, Jewish Community Relations Councils, and Jewish Family and Children’s Services, as well as nationally known organizations including the Ant-Defamation League, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women.   It is an opportunity to come together in Sacramento and strengthen relationships, discuss policy, and represent the greater Jewish community statewide to our legislators.

The event kicked off Monday night as over 20 legislators joined JPAC advocates at a reception at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento to mingle and schmooze, including Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), Asm. Bob Blumenfield,  Asm. Achadjian, Asm. Fox, Asm. Adrin Nazarian, and Asm Mark Levine.  They mingled with Rabbi Doug Kahn, executive director of the Bay Area’s Jewish Community Relations Council, Anita Friedman, JFCS executive director, and multiple heads of local JCRC’s and Federations.  At the reception, JPAC also honored Assembly Speaker John Perez with the Jerry Sampson Award, which recognizes and honors a California State Legislator who embodies the spirit and dedication to good civic government and whose leadership and advocacy on behalf of the organized Jewish community’s priority concerns have been exemplary.   Speaker Perez regaled the crowd with stories of conversations with the likes of Governor Jerry Brown and Senate President Pro tem about Jewish values and the definition of Yiddish terms.

On Tuesday May 21, JPAC hosted two panel discussions: the first on the intersection of gun violence and mental health and the second on the Israel/CA trade relationship.  The first panel featured State Senator Kevin De Leon, Assembly member Nancy Skinner, and Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of CA, Rusty Selix.  The second panel featured Assembly member Bob Blumenfield, Abigail Browning of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and Israeli Consul General of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Andy David.  The lively discussion on both panels educated and informed JPAC advocates and were useful during their legislative meetings that afternoon.

Additionally, with a strong and united voice, advocates met with over 50 senators and assembly members at the capitol and advocated on three issues.  The first is the Life Act, a package of eight senate bills addressing gun safety and gun violence prevention and which closes loopholes to many existing gun safety laws.  The second was AB 518, which establishes the Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) program as a Medi-Cal eligible benefit and codifies the program in State law.  The third was not a bill, but asks that law makers sign onto a letter to the UC Regents thanking them for their stance against divestment from companies that do business with Israel.  This letter came about in light of the divestment activities taking place in the halls of student government on many University of California campuses.   During our legislative appointments, JPAC advocates reported practically a rate of 100% support from legislators on our policy priorities for this year, and all of the advocates ended the day with a great deal of satisfaction that their voices were not only heard, but welcomed and respected by our California law makers.

Contact Julie Zeisler for more information on how to get involved with JPAC at


About JPAC:

The Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California (JPAC) is the largest single-state coalition of Jewish organizations in the nation. Comprised of local Jewish Federations, Jewish Community Relations Committees and Councils, and other Jewish community advocacy groups from throughout California we advocate on behalf of Jewish social service agencies, traditional community concerns, and broadly shared values that affect the citizens of our State. Click here for more information.



State Legislators Meet with JPAC Board

On January 29, 2013, JPAC Board members from all over the State met in Sacramento for our first meeting of 2013.  Led by our new Board chair Dave Rand, we discussed our priorities and legislative goals for 2013, and chatted with Israeli Consul General of San Francisco Dr. Andy David, as well as newly elected Assembly member Richard Bloom from District 50 (West LA).

Following the meeting, we went over to the Capitol and met with five influential legislators from around the state: Holly Mitchell (District 54), Marc Levine (District 10), Mark Stone (District 29), Anthony Rendon (District 63), and Kevin De Leon (District 22).







Register today for JPAC’s Advocacy Day!

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already the middle of January 2013! Time is flying, and that also means that JPAC’s Advocacy Day is going to come up fast- May 20-21 to be exact!  JPAC wants YOU and members of your community, your colleagues, your volunteers, your staff, and your friends who are interested in lobbying on issues of importance to them and to the larger California Jewish community.

JPAC’s Advocacy Day provides opportunities to:
-Participate in real civic engagement
-Be a part of a Statewide community working for common goals
-Network with colleagues and friends around the State
-Meet elected officials and engage in meaningful conversations with them
-Experience the thrill of being in the State Capitol with the largest coalition of Jewish organizations in the nation

Click HERE to register TODAY!

Thank California’s Elected Officials for their Continued Support for Israel’s Right to Self-Defense


Members of the State Senate and Assembly have been a vital voice in support of an unshakeable US commitment to Israel and it’s security as it faces increased threats in a region in turmoil. As Hamas rockets have rained down on Israeli civilians, Israel has been forced to safeguard its citizens.

Write to thank Speaker John A. Pérez, Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, and Assemblymember Mike Feuer for speaking up for Israel. You can also view their statements HERE.

Speaker John A. Pérez:
219 State Capitol
California 94249-0046
Phone: (916) 319-2046
Fax: (916) 319-2146

Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0040
Tel: (916) 319-2040
Fax: (916) 319-2140

6150 Van Nuys Blvd.
Suite 305
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Tel: (818) 904-3840
Fax: (818) 902-0764

Assemblymember Mike Feuer
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0042
Tel: (916) 319-2042
Fax: (916) 319-2142


9200 Sunset Blvd.
Suite 1212
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tel: (310) 285-5490
Tel: (818) 902-0521
Fax: (310) 285-5499



California’s 2013 Budget Projection

The Legislative Analysts Office has released their outlook for the 2013-2014 fiscal year and project a $1.9 billion deficit. While this could be considered a budget crisis (and in most economies it is), it is a vast improvement over the deficit originally projected.  Click here for more information about the LAO’s analysis.

Proposition 30 Passed!

Proposition 30 Passed!

At JPAC’s most recent Board meeting, held on October 24, 2012 at the LA Jewish Federation building, the Board voted 8-0, with 13 abstentions to support Proposition 30.  JPAC sent a letter of support to Governor Brown’s Proposition 30 campaign in advance of the November 6th election.  You can read our letter here, and also check out an op-ed piece written by Paul Castro and Terry Friedman of the Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Los Angeles.