Democrats for Israel California

DFI-CA is an official chartered Council of four clubs with the California Democratic Party advocating for the defense of Israel, opposition to Antisemitism and for other issues of concern to the Jewish community in the Democratic Party.  

DFI-CA also promotes the liberal and progressive Democratic values to our many communities throughout the state through county clubs and at the state party level, supporting candidates for office and California Democratic Central Committee.  DFI-CA also works other Jewish community groups to organize the annual Ice Cream social at the State Democratic Convention attended by over 300 delegates.

Board of Directors


Andrew Lachman (Los Angeles County) - President

Andrea Beth Damsky (San Diego County)- Executive Vice President

Brigette Hunley (Solano County)/Dorene Kastelman (Santa Clara County) - Northern California Vice President  (Bay Area, North) 

(Vacant) - Central California Vice President

Michele Elmer (Los Angeles County) -  Greater Los Angeles Vice President - 

Lauren Klatzker (Orange County) - Southern California Vice President

Mike Thaller  (San Diego County) -  Controller

Gregg Solkovits (Los Angeles County) - Secretary

Howard Welinsky, Naomi Goldman, Tamara Melzer Levenson, David Bocarsly - At Large Members




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