This week, Federation hosted the first session of the Jewish Advocacy Fellowship program and the agenda was packed. Twelve selected Jewish Fellows had an opportunity to get to know one another as they shared personal stories and participated in a values based exercises.
State Senator Marty Block had a lively and personal conversation with the cohort as he shared how his Jewish identify informs his work, spoke about the important work of the Jewish Caucus and explained the importance of lobbying. In August, the cohort will join Senator Block in Sacramento to meet with members of the California Jewish caucus.
Modeled after the work of the Jewish Public Affairs Committee of CA (JPAC), the largest single-state coalition of Jewish organizations in the nation, the cohort was presented with three possible topics upon which to build the focus of the Fellowship: Human Trafficking, Safety Net Cuts, Bullying. After thoughtful discussion and consideration, the group voted to focus on Safety Net Cuts relating to San Diego's senior population.
Created and facilitated by the Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Family Service, Leichtag Foundation and NextGen, the program is five sessions long, culminating in a trip to Sacramento to lobby on the selected issue and work in partnership with the Jewish Caucus chaired by Senator Block.
Stay tuned for an update on our next session to be held later this month, “Advocacy 101 Training” hosted by Jewish Family Service.