In a modest office near the floor of the state Senate, 12 California legislators meet to talk politics every month. Nothing unusual about that in Sacramento. Except that with this group, the lunch usually consists of lox and bagels, and the conversation is peppered with Yiddish.
Meet the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, which launched in January.
Its nine Jewish members and three non-Jewish associate members hail from the Senate and the Assembly. Their mission: Meet monthly to coordinate on legislation, speak as one on issues of concern to the Jewish community, and do a little shmoozing while they’re at it.
Eleven members of the California State Senate and Assembly have come together to form the state’s first legislative caucus that will focus on issues of importance to the Jewish community.
The Legislative Jewish Caucus also will form a political action committee to raise money to support Israel-friendly candidates, Sen. Marty Block, the San Diego Democrat who chairs the group, told the Sacramento Bee.
SACRAMENTO -- A group of lawmakers has formed the California Legislative Jewish Caucus to weigh in on issues of priority to members, including immigration, civil rights and Israel, according to its chairman, state Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego).
The state Legislature has for years had caucuses representing various groups, including African Americans, Latinos, Asians and Pacific Islanders, women, gays and lesbians, environmentalists, rural lawmakers and “outdoor sporting” enthusiasts.
So far, the new caucus has nine full members, including Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), and about three associates. It will meet once a month to discuss issues “that the Jewish community can advocate as a united caucus,” Block said.