Interfaith religious leaders and citizens took aim at Los Angeles County’s health system during a meeting with L.A. County Department of Heath Director Dr. Mitchell Katz on June 6 to discuss the current state of L.A. County health care.
One LA-IAF, a community-organizing group that brings together local dues-paying organizations, including synagogues, churches, schools and unions, hosted the event at the Our Lady Queen of the Angels Church in downtown Los Angeles. Representatives from Temple Beth Am, Temple Emanuel, Temple Isaiah and Temple Judea were in attendance and spoke during and after the event about stimulating the conversation between the public and the county’s Department of Health Services about how to improve the system.
“For me, so often interfaith dialogue takes place in an abstract context,” said Rabbi Susan Leider, associate rabbi of Temple Beth Am. “And this is very, very concrete, because we are going right to where the interest of the people are.”