Advocacy for the Jewish Community

Our work is based on partnerships with area organizations, devoted community leaders, and committed elected officials all collaborating on common goals. 

Advocacy taking place during our COVID-19 response

The two main priorities of our COVID-19 response is meeting urgent human service needs and bolstering the resilience of the nonprofits in our Jewish ecosystem. To that end, we’re working in partnership with national, state, and local advocacy organizations to quickly address budget and legislation issues as they arise. We are working with Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to advocate for the inclusion of Jewish communal priorities in every piece of federal emergency legislation and every stimulus package, and working with Jewish Public Affairs Council of California (JPAC) to ensure the state’s FY2021 budget is reflective of our values and continues funding programs people rely on for survival.

In 2020, against the backdrop of COVID, when the Multipurpose Senior Services Program and other at-home senior service programs were on the budget chopping block, our advocacy saved the programs from being wiped out.  

From the California Department of Education’s introduction in mid-2019 of a draft K-12 Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, we have advocated vigorously against the inclusion of antisemitic material, accurately reflect the diversity of Jewish Americans and represent their experiences.   

Because of our efforts, the 2019-2020 state budget also included:  

  • $14.8M for the Multipurpose Senior Services Program to provide frail seniors with professional case management and a range of critical clinical services, including nursing care and social work. Many seniors utilizing these services are Holocaust survivors who are able to remain in their homes and live with dignity.    
  • $15M to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to help organizations at risk of hate-motivated violence improve security.  
  • $23.5M to rebuild Jewish camps destroyed by the Woolsey and Tubbs wildfires in Northern and Southern California.    
  • A doubling of the investment in the Cal-EITC Working Families Tax Credit, which helps put money back into the pockets of struggling working families.  

Another example of our advocacy is JPAC’s annual Advocacy Day which provided an opportunity for the community to make their voices heard in Sacramento. Bay Area community members, including representatives from our Federation, joined others from around the state, and 160 advocated with lawmakers around three priorities: allowing California’s elderly to age with dignity, alleviating poverty, and combating anti-Semitic rhetoric and hate-motivated criminal activity. Learn more.



For more information, please contact:
Amy Spade
Senior Program Officer, Evaluation/Resilience and Security