JPAC Advocacy Day 2021 Is Going Virtual!

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

3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Opening Session

Welcome from JPAC Board Chair Allison Gingold

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor of California


3:25 p.m. – 4:35 p.m Panel Discussions

Panel Discussion 1: A Common Cause: Confronting the Rise of Hate


The Honorable Jesse Gabriel, CA State Assemblymember

Monica Bauer, Director of Community Engagement, Strategic Partnerships, ADL

Shira Loewenberg, Director, AJC Asia Pacific Institute

Zheng Huang, President, Committee of 100

Moderator: Manny Yekutiel


Panel Discussion 2: Building Together: A More Equitable Future


Abby Snay, Deputy Secretary for the Future of Work, California Labor & Workforce Development Agency

Cori Racela, Deputy Director, Western Center on Law and Poverty

Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access California | Health Access Foundation

Moderator: Rabbi Noah Farkas, Valley Beth Shalom


ADVOCACY DAY* – Wednesday, May 12: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

2:00 p.m.– 2:50 p.m. Preparing for your Meetings

Lobbying 101 Training & Group Break-outs

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Legislative Appointments at the “Capitol”

5:00 p.m. Debrief and Closing Session




• All Students: Free
• General Admission: $18



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.

What Is JPAC Advocacy Day?

JPAC’s annual Advocacy Day is the culminating effort of months of research, lobbying, coalition building and convening to bring concerned citizens from the Jewish community to Sacramento to meet with key legislators and staff on issues that impact our community, whether it is protecting the social safety net, early childhood education, or anti-Semitism. Together we can make the voice of the California Jewish community heard where it counts.

JPAC’s Advocacy Day provides opportunities to experience the thrill of being in the State Capitol with the largest coalition of Jewish organizations in the nation; meet elected officials and engage in meaningful conversations with them; hear from issue experts and legislators on cutting edge issues facing Californians; and network with colleagues and friends from across California.

JPAC Advocacy Days have featured speakers including California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, former Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones,  State Controller John Chiang, former Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon, and former UC President Mark Yudof.


• 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