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Judeans for Justice

Judeans for Justice is committed to bringing social justice issues to the center of congregational life.  In partnership with Union of Reform Judaism, our current focus is voter engagement, empowerment, and education.
 

Trying to schedule a COVID vaccine and having trouble? There's help! 

While appointments and doses are limited, the State of California, LA and Ventura counties have resources to schedule appointments and answer your questions.  Patience and perseverance pay off. if you don't find an appointment immediately, check back frequently. We will  update as more resources become available.
 
Los Angeles County Residents: Book your Covid-19 Vaccination Appointment: 
Try this new, user friendly website, a clearinghouse to find and schedule available appointments  https://myturn.ca.gov/
Residents with disabilities or without computer access can call 833-540-0473 between 8am and 8:30pm, 7 days a week. for assistance with appointments.
More information: LA County COVID-19 Vaccine - LA County Department of Public Health

Ventura County Residents: Appointments and Info:
Eligibility: Must be 75 or older or healthcare provider and live in Ventura County
Ventura County Recovers
Not eligible yet and want to be notified when its your turn to be vaccinated? Register  HERE
 
Still have questions?
Please call ONE Generation. 818-705-2345.  Anyone who answers is trained to help;
Or call one of these helpful temple members:
Joanne Busansky. 213-703-8560
Judy Rutt. 213-700-9363
Marcy Lenard. 818- 908-1498
 
 

The Planet & People

Temple Judea is an active participant in the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, which works to educate, inspire, and mobilize the Reform Jewish Movement to advocate for social justice.  The California-based affiliate, RAC-CA, has selected SB-467 as its priority campaign for this legislative session.  This landmark environmental and environmental justice bill establishes setbacks around oil wells, phases out fracking and other dangerous oil drilling practices, and creates a just transition for displaced oil and gas workers.  There will be many exciting ways for Temple Judea to help advance this important bill.  To get involved, please contact Jane Nichol at  or Ellen Israel at
 
The Temple Judea Green Team is a joint effort of the Social Action and Judeans for Justice committees.  With climate change posing the greatest existential threat of our time, our goals are to:
  • Help identify and implement ways for Temple Judea to reduce its environmental impact
  • Highlight sustainability, conservation, and concern for the environment as Jewish values
  • Educate temple members about ways they can go green
  • Engage in community efforts to create a livable planet
  • Advocate for environmental protections and promote environmental justice at the local, state, and federal levels
Many in our congregation have already adopted a climate-friendly lifestyle.  We would like to highlight your stories in our Judeans Journey to Sustainability initiative.  Please complete our survey by clicking HERE to tell us what you are doing to be green!
 
Our work is bolstered through alliances with external organizations including the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the SFV Interfaith Solidarity Network Eco-Justice Team, the LA Faith & Ecology Network, and the Clean Air Alliance.  We also participate in the Jewish Earth Alliance, Southern California Cohort, which writes letters to our Congressional representatives on federal climate legislation, and are signatories to We Are Still In, which commits to adhering to the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
 
The Temple Judea Green Team meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. (currently via Zoom).  Please contact Jane Nichol at  to get involved.
 

Our Pathways to Citizens program continues to flourish during COVID 

One of our largest initiatives is our citizenship program. At the behest of Mayor Eric Garcetti, we began teaching some of the nearly half a million green card holders in Los Angeles to become U.S. citizens in 2018. We have created curriculum on naturalization and provide support throughout the application process. 
 
Most of the students who were in our actual classes when COVID started are now citizens . To date we have over 200 new citizens since we started the  program.  We have been working with our potential citizens on line during this time to help them with their application and to teach them what they need to know to become a citizen.  We have Spanish classes every Wednesday evening for those lucky enough to be able to take the test in their native language.  The rest of our students have a teacher/mentor that works with them on a one to one basis.  There is one big advantage right now, we can help people from all over the city not just the San Fernando Valley because we are doing everything virtually.  Our partnerships with El Proyecto del Barrio, Catholic Charities, and Our Lady of Grace Church are so very important to us.  They spread the word and make it easier for us. We are always looking for more volunteers to help with the work we do.
 

 
Other Judeans for Justice successes include supporting health care for all and helping to sign up our uninsured neighbors to health care plans. We organized an interfaith march for solidarity in the San Fernando Valley, and we have met with our local and state representatives to ask for their support of legislative bills that can positively affect the people of our community and beyond.
 
Get Involved!  With your support, Judeans for Justice can grow in strength, and continue to make a tangible, positive impact on our community. It is time to wake up and take action!