Virtual Advocacy Day 2021 Agenda

We’re going virtual! Join hundreds of Jewish community members and leaders for two days of exciting learning, networking, and advocacy!


About This Year’s Virtual Event

JPAC’s virtual Advocacy and Policy Conference is the culminating effort of months of research, lobbying, coalition building and convening to connect our Jewish community in California with key legislators and staff on issues that impact our state. JPAC’s Virtual Advocacy Day provides an empowering opportunity to engage in the political process and learn about and advocate for the wide range of issues that are important to the Jewish community. Join JPAC ONLINE on May 11-12, 2021. Together we can make the voice of the Jewish community heard where it counts.


OPENING DAY – Tuesday, May 11: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
• Keynote Speaker
• Panel Discussions

ADVOCACY DAY- Wednesday, May 12: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
• Lobbying 101 Training & Group Break-outs
• Lobbying Appointments with Legislators

• All Students: Free
• General Admission: $18

In 2021, JPAC is lobbying for the following:


1. A package of bills and budget items that address Hate Crimes, including:

AB 57 (Gabriel): would implement recommendations from the State Auditor to better prevent, respond to, and document hate crimes in California. AB 57 also would strengthen existing requirements for peace officers to undergo comprehensive hate crime training.

AB 557 (Muratsuchi): requires the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish and maintain an accessible toll-free hotline number and an online form for reporting hate crimes and hate incidents.

AB 1126 (Bloom): establishes the California Commission on the State of Hate & Violent Extremism within state government.

• $50 million for the California Nonprofit Security Grant program.


2. A package of bills and $5.5m in budget items that address Holocaust/genocide education, including:

SB 693 (Stern): The Never Again Education Bill

• $1 Million – Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) Holocaust Library

• $2.5 Million – Holocaust Museum LA’s Building Truth Campaign to fund technology in the Museum’s Education Pavilion.

• $2 Million – Grants for Teacher Training on Holocaust education.


3. A package of priority social service initiatives that serve vulnerable youth, seniors and the disabled.

SB 224 (Portantino):   Requires that students between grades 1 and 12 receive mental health education at school.  

AB 470 (Carrillo):  Eliminates the asset limit test for Medi-Cal programs serving seniors and persons with disabilities.

• SB 364 (Skinner):  would make school meals available to every public school student without red-tape or paperwork, and provide meals for students when schools are closed.

Thank You to our Sponsors

• Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
• Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund
• Jewish Family Service Los Angeles
• Jewish Family and Children’s Services of of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties
•Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties
• Anti-Defamation League
• Holocaust Museum Los Angeles
• American Jewish Committee
• The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region
• Hadassah
• Jewish Community Relations Council of Sacramento
• Jewish Silicon Valley

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