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Susan Friedberg Kalson is the CEO of the Squirrel Hill Health Center in Pittsburgh and Chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. This blog post is adapted from remarks given during a virtual Commission on Social Action meeting on March 18.

I run the Squirrel Hill Health Center, a nonprofit federally funded community health center in Pittsburgh. My organization is one of 1,400 federally funded community health organizations, which serve 29 million people across the United States...

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Affordable Care Act written on notebook

Today marks ten years since President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. This landmark piece of legislation has helped millions of people gain access to health insurance and guaranteed coverage for people with preexisting conditions. But we have long known that the ACA was just one step in repairing the United States’ broken health care system. Despite the law, 27.5 million people in the U.S. still live without health...

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People sitting around a table talking

Every two years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) hosts the Rabbi Balfour Brickner Fellowship for rabbis and cantors who are looking to bring social justice closer to the center of congregational life. The fellowship honors the legacy of Rabbi Balfour Brickner, a leading activist and voice of the Reform Jewish Movement. Through the fellowship, rabbis and cantors develop organizing skills, engage with RAC initiatives, and root their social justice work in Jewish text and tradition.

This year we are thrilled to welcome a class of twenty-one clergy, who are ready...

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sunrise

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, many of us are grappling with a newfound vulnerability. It is natural to worry about our families and communities as we confront a major crisis and the question of how a community ought to respond to serious danger comes up throughout our sacred texts.

Last week, we celebrated Purim, the quintessential tale of Jewish defense. Our people have often been a fragile minority and it would be tempting for the Purim narrative to reign supreme: “They tried to kill us, we won, let’s celebrate...

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U.S. Capitol Building

With more than 1,200 people testing positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) in...

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