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JPAC will tackle poverty, hate speech, and support Holocaust Survivors at this year’s Advocacy Day

On May 14-15, close to 150 individuals from across California who are interested in working to advance social justice and Jewish values will convene in Sacramento for JPAC’s Advocacy Day. This year, we will be focusing on advocating to end poverty and homelessness with a package of bills that address poverty from different angles. We will be advocating for funding to provide services for Holocaust Survivors who are struggling to live out their days in dignity. And, we will asking for funding to increase training and preparedness for college campuses confronted with hate speech. And finally, we will continue to advocate for the California Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which provides funding for nonprofits that are at high risk of a hate crime or terrorist act.

Many of us want to be engaged in the political process to ensure equality and opportunity for all Californians. The Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California (JPAC) provides access to that engagement. JPAC’s Advocacy Day is the culminating effort of months of research, coalition building and convening to bring concerned citizens from the Jewish community to Sacramento to meet with key legislators on issues that impact our State. To register and for more information, please visit

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JPAC’s Advocacy Day 2017 was a huge success!

On May 8-9, 2017, more than 120 Jewish community leaders representing over 15 organizations from across California, as well as students at UCLA and CSUN, came to Sacramento for the Jewish Public Affairs Committee’s (JPAC’s) annual Advocacy Day. After an opening reception honoring Senator Holly Mitchell with the Jerry Sampson for Legislator of the Year, participants attended a dinner with the Legislative Jewish Caucus, including chair Assemblymember Marc Levine and vice-chair Senator Ben Allen.
The next day opened with a panel moderated by John Myers of the Los Angeles Times that addressed the implications of federal healthcare policy on California. This timely panel included Senator Dr. Richard Pan; Beth Parker, Chief Legal Counsel for Planned Parenthood in California; and Anthony Wright, Executive Director of Health Access.

The second panel discussed the impact of federal immigration policies on California and was moderated by Ronald Coleman of the CA Immigrant Policy Center. The panelists were Assemblymember Rob Bonta, ACLU Legislative Advocate Maya Ingram and MALDEF Legislative Staff Attorney Jeanette Zanipatin. This panel helped prepare attendees who would later be lobbying on a package of immigration-related bills at the Capitol.

During lunch, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla talked about his plans to expand voting accessibility throughout the state. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra also addressed the group, stressing that the leadership in California is committed to protecting the rights and liberties of all those who reside here.

During the lobbying visits with more than 60 members of the Legislature, JPAC participants focused on three priorities: immigration, an anti-poverty measure, and protecting at-risk communities by requesting an increase in the allocation of a Nonprofit Security Grant. Participants met with representatives on both sides of the aisle and stressed the importance of these issues in the California Jewish Community.

Thank you to everyone who attended!

Save the Date for Advocacy Day 2017

With the 2016 election just behind us, there is a lot of momentum to get involved and work to ensure the well-being and opportunity for all Californians.  Please save the date to join with JPAC to meet with the State Legislature and lobby them on issues of importance to the greater California Jewish community and community at large.   Each year, we provide opportunities for one on one discussions with colleagues and elected officials, hear from experts on relevant policy issues (housing, poverty, state budget, BDS, among others), and learn how to effectively advocate to influence public policy.  We hope you can join us on May 8-9 in 2017!





May 11th – May 12th

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 11: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. – Legislators’ Reception

Tuesday, May 12: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Program & Legislative Appointments

Visit to register online.

 Questions? Contact Julie Zeisler, JPAC Association Director at

JPAC Advocacy Day 2014 a huge success!

On May 12 and 13, 2014, Over 85 JPAC advocates came together in Sacramento on Monday evening and Tuesday for JPAC’s annual Advocacy Day.  JPAC advocates represented Jewish organizations from across California, including multiple federations and JCRC’s, Hadassah, the Jewish Labor Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, and Jewish Family Services agencies.  The event kicked off Monday night with state legislators joining JPAC at a reception at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento.  JPAC honored Assembly Member and Budget Committee Chair Nancy Skinner with the Legislator of the Year Award. Skinner graciously accepted her award and offered words of encouragement and support for JPAC, stating that JPAC has been a champion of promoting services for the state’s most vulnerable and a major player in helping government do what is right in Sacramento.   Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom dropped by, as well as Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg, Senator Marty Block, Asemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Asemblymember Steve Fox, Asemblymember Bradford, Asemblymember Brown, Assemblymember Achadjian, and Senator Mark Leno.

On Tuesday, May 13, the conference was in full swing, with a full morning of panel discussions, speakers, awards, and finally, the legislative meetings at the Capitol.  Just after the May Revise was released, advocates heard from Asemblymember Nancy Skinner and Senator Carol Liu on the state of funding for social services, along with expert Scott Graves of the California Budget Project.  One of JPAC’s lobbying items for this year is to restore the COLA for SSI/SSP grants for seniors and to increase funding for the State Emergency Food Assistance Program (SEFAP) to $5 million annually.

Following that panel advocates heard from Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Senator Lois Wolk, the Anti-Defamation League staffer Nancy Appel, and a UC Berkeley student, on the issue of campus climate and what is happening on our college campuses with regard to Jewish students.  Advocates also heard from Senator Marty Block and Senator Ted Lieu on their human trafficking bills, which advocates were going to the Capitol to lobby on in the afternoon.  Finally, Abigail Browning of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development made a brief stop to give an update on the trade MOU signed by Governor Brown and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu.

All 85 advocates then went in their groups to the Capitol and met with 53 legislators to ask for their support on the following bills:


  1. The social service budget and the restoration of cuts to safety net programs.
  2. Bullying: SB 840 (Lara):This bill would increase school safety by improving the handling of bullying and discrimination in public schools.
  1. Human trafficking:
  • SB 1165 (Mitchell, Block): This bill aims to add sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education to the sexual health education for junior high and high school students.

·         SB 1388 (Lieu):This bill aims to turn off the money faucet that is driving the illicit sex trade by increasing the penalty for sex buyers.


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