Press Release

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.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Levine was Elected Unanimously by Colleagues to Chair the Jewish Caucus

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

AB 2844 prohibits California contracts with firms illegally discriminating against Israel and other sovereign nations

SACRAMENTO— California contracts of $100,000 or more will need to abide by the Unruh Civil Rights Act and California Fair Employment and Housing Act and not practice any violation of those policies against a sovereign nation or people, including Israel, under AB 2844 signed recently by the Governor.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

AB 2844 (Bloom) Sent to the Governor with Bipartisan Support from the Legislature

Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), vice chair of the Legislative Jewish Caucus, released the following statement on this week’s passage of AB 2844 (Bloom).  This bill seeks to prevent discriminatory boycotts of Israel such as the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.  In doing so, AB 2844 reinforces the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Governor Jerry Brown and Prime Minister Natanyahu in 2014.

Monday, August 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO - Today, the California State Assembly adjourned in the memory of author, professor, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel. Elie Wiesel passed away at the age of 87 on July 2, 2016 in New York. As a Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel was a strong and compassionate voice for human rights. He dedicated his life to teaching the world about the Holocaust through sharing his own personal story of suffering and survival. Wiesel believed it was essential to speak out against genocide and violations of human rights.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Legislators, veterans and community leaders today decried a swastika display in Sacramento’s River Park neighborhood as offensive and an insult to victims of the holocaust and veterans who fought the Nazis during World War II. They urged the immediate removal of the display.  

The press conference was attended by more than 40 legislators representing both parties, both houses and all ethnic caucuses. They stood together in solidarity against this “unambiguous symbol of hate.” 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Recognizing the many ties that inexorably bind the state of California to the nation of Israel, the California Legislative Jewish Caucus issues the following statement today:

“We stand with Israel.

“The California Legislative Jewish Caucus extends our solidarity and support for the people of Israel. We pray for their safety during these difficult times.

“We condemn the actions of Hamas; a U.S. designated terrorist organization, whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel.

Friday, June 27, 2014

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislative Jewish Caucus has made the following statement regarding the recent kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Senator Marty Block (SD-39) today issued the following statement after learning that the Rialto Unified School District assigned eighth grade students an essay debating the reality of the Holocaust:

“Recently eighth grade students in the Rialto Unified School District were asked to assess whether the Holocaust ‘was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.’