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Saperstein: “This is an opportunity for all streams of Judaism to join together to carry on the prophetic tradition and make a meaningful voice in the health care debate.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 13th, 2009 – In response to the increasingly heated debate around health care reform, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism today launched, a website that provides supporters of universal health care with the resources and tools necessary to add their voices to the growing chorus of people of faith speaking out for reform. The site, geared toward Jews of all streams of Judaism, includes fact sheets on the health care system, Jewish texts on health care mandates, and action alerts containing pre-written letters to Congress contact in support of reform.

The site also encourages supporters of health care reform to join “40 Minutes for Health reform,” a conference call next week for faith leaders nationwide, when special guest speaker President Obama will discuss the political and moral imperatives of fixing our nation’s broken health care system. The call, co-sponsored by the Religious Action Center, will take place Wednesday, April 19th, at 5:00 p.m. EDT, and is open to both faith leaders and the media. To RSVP for the call, visit

The conference call is just one component of “40 Days for Health Reform,” a national campaign spearheaded by Faith in Public Life in conjunction with national religious organizations of varying denominations. Over the span of 40 days – primarily during Congress’ August recess – people of faith will sign petitions, participate in prayer vigils, and conduct in-district Congressional visits expressing their support for universal health care. For more on “40 Days for Health Reform,” visit

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center, said of the debate around health care reform, “For the sake of our democracy, and for the sake of a health care system that is so clearly dysfunctional, we cannot, we dare not, stand on the sidelines. It is time to get in the game, to reclaim the agenda and to demonstrate that concerned Americans will not be cowed.”

For 3,000 years, the Jewish people have been bearers of a message of justice and fairness for all that has reshaped the world. In the health care reform debate this year, the Jewish community will sound that message powerfully throughout the nation. "This is an opportunity for all streams of Judaism to join together to carry on the prophetic tradition and make a meaningful voice in the health care debate," Saperstein said.


The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis.

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