January 19, 2020

CA Jewish Caucus Members Hang Mezuzot to Celebrate New Law

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Myriad members of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus hung mezuzot on their offices to celebrate the passage of a bill barring building owners from taking down residents’ mezuzot.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed the bill, SB 652, into law on July 30; it had passed the State Senate and Assembly on May 6 and July 8, respectively.

The caucus shared photos of the mezuzot on Twitter:

Anti-Defamation League San Francisco tweeted, “So great to see these mezuzot! Thank you again @CAJewishCaucus!”

The law, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, states that “a property owner shall not enforce or adopt a restrictive covenant or any other restriction that prohibits one or more religious items from being displayed or affixed on any entry door or entry door frame of a dwelling,” although it does provide a few exceptions, including an item that prevents a door from opening or closing.

Prior to the law’s passage, there have been various instances of building owners forcing Jewish residents to take down their mezuzot because of a building policy, according to Sen. Ben Allen (D-Los Angeles) and the Anti-Defamation League.