Press Release

Friday, August 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 18, 2017

CONTACT: Jerome Parra, (916) 319-2018, jerome.parra@asm.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin and Sonoma Counties) issued the following statement on an incident of vandalism at the Temple Israel in Alameda:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The California Legislative Jewish Caucus condemns the violent and hateful message espoused by participants of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Last weekend, white supremacist groups in Charlottesville took us back to the 1920s when a small group of people marched in Germany blaming Jews and immigrants for society's problems.  Less than two decades later, Adolf Hitler's hateful ideology resulted in the Holocaust -- the targeted genocide of Europe's Jews, killing six million -- and the deaths of millions of others targeted because of their identity.

Friday, August 11, 2017

(Sacramento) - The California Legislative Jewish Caucus condemns the outrageous death threats made by Imam Mahmoud Harmoush at the Islamic Center of Riverside and Imam Ammar Shahin at the Davis Islamic Center. While we appreciate that Imam Shahin apologized for his remarks, the call for the extermination of an entire group of people is morally repugnant. The Imams’ statements are harmful to the positive relationship the Muslim and Jewish communities have built in the United States.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Berman (D-24) has released the following statement in response to a bomb threat made to the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

(Sacramento)- The California Legislative Jewish Caucus condemns the wave of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries that have occurred over the past several days. This week, Jewish Community Centers in Marin, Palo Alto, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange County and La Jolla received threats. The Anti-Defamation League office in San Francisco was also evacuated. Last week, Jewish cemeteries in Saint Louis and Philadelphia were vandalized.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

With the goals of fostering technological innovation and boosting research and development, the University of California has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel’s National Technological Innovation Authority to increase cooperation between the two entities.

The memorandum aims to identify opportunities for projects, partnerships and collaborations between UC and Israel’s Innovation Authority that may lead to innovative technologies and products with the potential for commercialization in the global market.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In response to an anti-Semitic cartoon printed in the UCLA Daily Bruin, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) released the following statement:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Daily Bruin ran an anti-Benjamin Netanyahu cartoon on the opinion page.  This afternoon, the Daily Bruin issued an apology and a retraction.  Here is the Daily Bruin’s apology:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The following statement is signed by officers and national board members of the National Association of Jewish Legislators (NAJL). This is not an official policy adopted by the organization.

"We strongly affirm the principle of religious freedom guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

Throughout history, the Jewish people have been persecuted as strangers in a strange land. Our Jewish tradition is rooted in the belief that we should welcome all people seeking shelter and safety.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

(Sacramento)- The California Legislative Jewish Caucus condemns President Trump’s reported orders to build a wall on the Mexican-American border and plan to block refugees from entering the United States.