Am Tzedek, formerly CBCO (congregational-based community organizing), is Isaiah's organizing group. Made up of a core team of Temple Isaiah members/lay leaders, Am Tzedek is the umbrella under which Isaiah does all types of justice work, partnering with OneLA and Reform California.
Temple Isaiah is a dues-paying member of OneLA, a broad-based organizing group. In return, they provide Am Tzedek members with training and support. They also connect us to other faith-based institutions doing work on initiatives that fall under what OneLA member institutions have been calling the Opportunity Agenda – health care, transportation, affordable housing, and restorative justice.
The Am Tzedek core team (i.e. our group of organizing leaders/congregants) is also working in partnership with Reform CA on their legislative initiatives. By participating in house meetings around potential legislation, Isaiah's lay leaders (and Rabbi Dara Frimmer ) have helped Reform CA choose legislation.
Rabbi Jill Jacobs notes that the novel coronavirus has taught us that it’s impossible to separate ourselves from the greater world, and that our own personal health and safety depends on the health and safety of the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society. If anything positive comes of this terrifying pandemic, it should be a remaking of the social fabric of our society such that we collectively take responsibility for the health and well-being of every member of our society. READ FULL AM TZEDEK MESSAGE
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C. - click here
Reform California is the Reform movement’s effort to act powerfully together across lines of race, class, and faith for a more just and compassionate California. - click here
Visit the website of One LA-IAF for a city-wide effort to strengthen communities and bring about a more just society. - click here
Visit the website of HIAS and learn about its work protecting and resettling refugees. - click here
Join Isaians and members of One LA-IAF in an effort to protect immigrant and refugee communities – click here
Join an emerging group of congregants to support Muslim Americans – click here
Join PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) - click here
Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance and Seeking Justice - click here
A Jewish partnership for justice - click here