San Diego Mayoral Candidates Forum & Hanukkah Breakfast
Presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council and Jewish Family Service
On Tuesday, December 3, JFS and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) hosted a Mayoral Candidates Forum with David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer—the first event in our exciting Community Connections series! Community Connections is an initiative designed to bring the Jewish community together around the important policy and government relations issues we all care about.
The first event of its kind in the Jewish community, the forum, moderated by Rabbi Graubart, brought together nearly 40 community organizations and more than 120 attendees to connect with Councilmembers Alvarez and Faulconer. Interim Mayor Todd Gloria kicked off the forum by providing an update on the work he’s done to get the city back to work in the last few months.
From the City’s finances and infrastructure, to its relationship to Israel, the separation of church and state, and the importance of reducing homelessness—the candidates provided answers to the community’s most pressing questions. Our hope is that this event represents the beginning of a strong relationship between the Jewish community and San Diego’s next mayor.
Join us on February 21 from 8:00–9:30am at Congregation Beth Israel! for the second program in the Community Connections series, The Implications of the Silver Tsunami: A Senior Policy Panel, featuring State Senator Marty Block. We know that by 2030, California will be home to 4 million more residents over age 65 than we have today, pushing the number of seniors to nearly 20% of the state’s population. The consequences are huge, with a potentially greater economic impact than the recent financial crisis. This panel will shed light on the growing needs of this population and opportunities to address these needs through strategic advocacy and policy solutions. Mark your calendar for this special event!