Beth Am Welcomes Assemblymember Richard Bloom | Congregation Beth Am

Beth Am Welcomes Assemblymember Richard Bloom

Combatting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement in California: A Legislative Perspective

Beth Am is honored to welcome Richard Bloom, a leader in the California State Assembly who played a seminal role in drafting California’s landmark anti-BDS legislation and navigating its passage through the Assembly. This is an important opportunity to learn about legislative efforts to combat BDS in our state, as well as the role of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, which Assemblymember Bloom helped create in 2013. Learn more about Assemblymember Bloom's work on behalf of the Jewish community in a recent JWeekly article.

After the service, join Assemblymember Bloom for dinner during which he will answer questions regarding BDS, the Jewish caucus and anti-BDS legislation, as well as additional issues, such as homelessness, affordable housing, poverty, access to clean water and drug abuse. Reservations are required for the dinner. To sign up by Tuesday, March 28, please visit the Poltava Dinner page.

*This service will be live video streamed. By entering the Sanctuary, you give Beth Am permission to record you.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom was first elected to the 50th District of the California State Assembly in 2012, where he proudly represents the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.

Since his election, Assemblymember Bloom has chaired the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation and has established himself as a leader on climate change. In 2015, he joined Governor Jerry Brown and other legislative leaders as part of the California Delegation to the Paris Climate Conference. In addition to his climate change work, Assemblymember Bloom helped create the strongest safeguards in the nation for hydraulic fracking, improved access to clean drinking water for impacted communities, expanded investment in clean energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage, funded ocean health initiatives and increased funding for public transit, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure.

For the last three years, Assemblymember Bloom has served on the Legislative Budget Conference Committee, a small group of legislators tasked with negotiating the state budget agreement with the Governor. He also serves on the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Budget, Business and Professions, Higher Education and Transportation.

In 2013, Assemblymember Bloom helped to create the California Legislative Jewish Caucus to provide a voice in the State Capitol on social, political, and cultural concerns of the Jewish community.

Assemblymember Bloom’s priorities include addressing California's housing affordability crisis, combatting homelessness, protecting the environment, increasing availability of transit, bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure, improving services for our veterans, protecting LGBT rights and creating jobs with a particular focus on the green economy.

Assemblymember Bloom served on the Santa Monica City Council for 13 years, serving as Mayor three times. He chaired the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and the Westside Cities Council, and was appointed by California State Senate to the California Coastal Commission.

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