Young Democrats launch Jewish Caucus

The California Democratic Party’s youth arm has established a new caucus: the California Young Democrats Jewish Caucus.

The caucus will spur Jewish Democrats from ages 14 to 35 to increase their political action on issues of concern to the Jewish community.

“Supporting Democratic Jewish candidates and speaking out on Jewish community issues will be our priority,” said Ryan Pessah, the caucus’ co-founder. “For state offices, we will do phone banking, go door to door, and support pro-Israel, pro-Jewish candidates and positions.”

In addition, Pessah said Northern and Southern California chapters of the Jewish caucus will hold social events, including Shabbat dinners and holiday celebrations. Annual membership dues are $5 for students and $10 for others.

Pessah is a board member of the Sacramento-based Jewish Community Relations Council. The other co-founder of the caucus is Claire Conlon, former executive director of the California Young Democrats.

The Jewish caucus was chartered on April 12, along with an LGBT caucus and a Muslim caucus, Pessah noted. The group’s first official gathering included state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and state Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego).

For more information, visit or email Pessah at [email protected]