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about oNEla

TBA is a member of OneLA, a non-profit organization of eighty member schools, synagogues and churches across LA, working for sustainable social and economic change.

TBA Core Team Chairs: Dianne Shershow

TBA Core Team Members: Jairo Angulo, Ivy Azizi, Miriam Cantor, Scott Cohen, Lisa Feldman Green, Nancy Goldstone, Cipra Nemeth, Paula Pearlman, Kathy Rosenblatt, Dianne Shershow, Scott Shulman.

Getting Involved: To learn more about how you can get involved with OneLA at TBA, please contact Dianne at

We are grateful for the assistance of the Mitzi and Norman Rosenblatt Fund at TBA that makes it possible for Temple Beth Am to be a member of OneLA.

Thank you to Jairo and Jenethen Angulo, Ruth Askren, Faramaz and Ivy Azizi, Mark Benor, Rina Carmel, Mary Cohen, Ed Elhaderi, Nancy and Warren Goldstone, Fran Grossman, Cipra Nemeth, Larry Rosenstein, Robin Roy, Dianne Shershow, Scott Shulman and Mara Thorsen for coming out to the public action on Healthcare at Temple Emanuel on Sunday, January 30. More than 400 Angelenos showed their strength in assembling publicly to address the LA County Healthcare system, the needs of small business owners, skyrocketing insurance rates and denial of claims.  Officials in attendance were:  California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Director of Health Services, LA County - Dr. Mitchell Katz and Assemblyman Mike Fuer.  A special thanks to Fran for speaking at the assembly and to Ed and Larry for being recognized as small business owners!  It was great to have such TBA representation on the floor team thanks to Jairo, Jenethen, Warren, Nancy, Dianne, Scott and Cipra. 


TBA works for healthcare advocacy – Rabbi Susan Leider and Father Rosendo Urrabzo with L.A. County Department of Heath DirectorDr. Mitchell Katz at a Public Assembly for Healthcare at La Placita Church

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TBA works for healthcare advocacy – Rabbi Susan Leider and Father Rosendo Urrabzo with L.A. County Department of Heath Director Dr. Mitchell Katz at a Public Assembly for Healthcare at La Placita Church

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TBA Congregant Fran Grossman speaking about denial of claims.

California Leaders pictured left to right: California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel, Director of LA County Health Services Dr. Mitchell Katz, Yvonne Mariajimenez, Deputy Director Neighborhood Legal Services and Assemblyman Mike Fuer.

 Over 390 Angelenos assembled to meet California leaders.

For press coverage on the assembly please go to:


community resources

The OneLA Core Team has addressed TBA congregant concerns about the increasing number of potholes on our streets.  The damage that it can cause to our vehicles and the danger that it poses to drivers is a considerable concern.  Jairo Angulo brought the following website to our attention:  It is easy to use to report potholes and we have found the city’s response time for repair to be excellent.  Please use this website to help address this issue in our city.



Jewish Journal Letter to the Editor 

- Temple Emanuel's One LA Blog

· Nov. 25, 2009 Jewish Journal cover on OneLA’s work with public education

· August 2009 Jewish Journal – article about a OneLA event that Rabbi Leider attended with TBA congregants at Wilshire Boulevard Temple – over 700 Angelenos were in attendance, including Jewish delegations from synagogues across LA. -

· Jewish Funds for Justic and Congregation Based Community Organizing -

· Video about OneLA

One LA in Review

One LA made significant advances by advancing its strategy to prevent foreclosures, organizing a community base for public school reform, and preparing to launch a campaign to implement the Federal health care plan in Los Angeles County.

Foreclosures:  After two years of calling for principal reduction, the Obama administration has adopted a loan modification plan that includes reduction in the mortgage principal.  Homeowners that lead the One LA campaign are receiving offers for principal reduction from One West and other banks.  The One LA campaign to launch the pilot project for principal reduction with the City of Los Angeles and Bank of America will be launched in the next few weeks.  Finally, the U.S. Treasury is considering a plan proposed by One LA that would put $25 million into LA to expand the One LA program.  Plans to launch these strategies will be outlined on Nov. 30th. 

School Reform:  In West LA parents, principals and teachers are forming organizing teams in local school communities that will reach out to their respective communities to create an agenda to improve their local schools.  Parents in the San Fernando Valley and South LA are laying the groundwork for similar campaigns.  In March of 2011 the Los Angeles Unified School District Board will hold elections.  One LA may organize a “platform for reform” and seek commitments from all candidates to endorse it.  Issues concerning the pace and model of transferring campuses from public school control to charters, the methods used to evaluate teachers and budget cuts are a few of the concerns to be raised.
Health Care:  Last weekend over 90 leaders from across metro LA met at Temple Emmanuel to form four research teams on health care reform 1.) MediCal  2.) Small Businesses and the new Health Exchanges, 3.) Affordability and 4.) Community Based Health Clinics.  On January 30 the newly elected State Insurance Commissioner will meet with One LA on the issues related to implementation of the Federal health reforms.  The action will mark the beginning of a campaign to win universal health care in California by identifying the flaws in the current system, implementing the parts of the new reforms that work and identify areas where further changes are needed.

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