Snapshots: One LA IAF Action 1.30.11


Led by Jane Hirsch and Virgie Pickering, 14 Immanuelites participated in the One LA IAF action on January 30, 2011, at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills.

One LA Action: 1.30.11


Sunday, January 30
3:00-5:00 pm
Temple Emanuel
8844 Burton Way
Beverly Hills 90211

On January 30th 2011, over 400 leaders from One LA congregations and institutions will gather at Temple Emanuel, Beverly Hills to present a community agenda for health care reform, to State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Assemblyman Mike Feuer, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and other invited guests.

Over the past several months, Rabbi Laura Geller and others from Temple Emanuel have begun working with Father Rosendo Urrabazo and other leaders from Our Lady Queen of Angeles Catholic Church in Downtown LA to address the challenges that their respective communities face in accessing quality, affordable health care.  These leaders are members of One LA – IAF, a broad-based organization of churches, synagogues, schools, unions and nonprofits. Together with other community institutions from South LA, Koreatown and the San Fernando Valley, they have conducted hundreds of house meetings and community conversations, as well as dozens of research meetings with CEOs, executive directors, policy experts and other stakeholders.

These meetings have led to the creation of a community agenda for health care reform that reflects the diverse range of interests that are part of One LA’s constituency.  Focus areas include: limiting insurance rate increases; regulating the ability of insurance companies to deny claims; increasing access to Medi-Cal and other public programs for uninsured and low income individuals; and addressing the challenges facing small and medium-sized employers.

For further information please contact Jane Hirsch ( or Virgie Pickering (

One LA Cluster Meeting + Reunión de One LA: 1.6.11


Thursday, January 6,
7:00 pm in the Parlor

One LA is currently organizing communities to effect real changes in health care, education, and local issues.  At this meeting we will be planning our January 30 Health Care Assembly, where we will meet with public officials and demand action furthering our health care agenda.  All are welcome!

jueves, 6 de enero,
7:00 pm en el Parlor

Actualmente One LA esta organizando comunidades para lograr reales cambios a asistencia sanitaria, educación y problemas locales.  Durante esta reunión estaremos planeando nuestra Asamblea de Cuidado Medico el 30 de enero, donde nos reuniremos con oficiales públicos y demandaremos acción para avanzar nuestra agenda de asistencia sanitaria.  ¡Todos/as son bienvenidos/as!

One LA Health Care Action 11.21.10


We’re Working to Improve Access to Health Care

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Temple Emanuel
300 North Clark Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

  • Workshops on selected health care topics
  • Understand the impact of the new legislation
  • Identify common issues and challenges
  • Build a constituency for positive change

Please join us!

Estamos Trabajando Para Mejorar el Acceso al Cuidado Medico

Domingo 21 de Noviembre del 2010

Templo Emanuel
300 North Clark Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

  • Talleres sobre algunos temas de la salud
  • Entender el impacto de la nueva legislación
  • Identificar los problemas y retos comunes
  • Crear un grupo organizado para un cambio positivo

¡Por favor únase con nosotros!

One LA-IAF Action 3.7.10


On Sunday, leaders from Immanuel participated in a gathering of 450 leaders of One LA, from all over Los Angeles, at Temple Isaiah, to demand improvements in schools.   Superintendent Ray Cortines, School Board members, and a Council Member listened as parents told their stories of wanting help for their children transitioning to middle school, and wanting safe and effective schools. Cortines pledged to increase the length of “Camp Emerson,” which orients children starting middle school, to make sure that bus stops are safe so that there will be no more near accidents when dropping children off, to provide more teacher and parent training, and to make similar improvements throughout LA. Administrators committed to make public schools more effective by creating a culture of collaboration.

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seek justice – One LA organizing for better schools


READ the cover story of this week’s Jewish Journal exploring the organizing work of One LA-IAF

One LA-IAF is a broad-based organization of congregations, schools, unions, and community groups throughout Los Angeles County, affiliated with the  Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest national organizing and leadership development network in the United States.

The primary purpose of One LA is to enable its member organizations to effectively deal with the issues affect their constituents. This is done through building relationships between IAF’s institutions and their people, acting together on commonly identified issues affecting our families and communities, and building leaders.

Immanuel connects with One LA through the Immanuel Community Organizing Team. We organize our congregation to collectively identify issues that most affect our daily lives and then do something about them.

• We identify members who desire to work together to address neighborhood,
community, regional, and countywide issues.
• We build the capacity, ability and willingness of our people to address these issues.
• We represent our church in the Central Region of One LA.
• We support other One LA institutions in addressing their issues and coordinate
the countywide organizing of One LA.

If you want to get involved, please contact Jane Hirsch or One LA organizer, Robert Hoo at