09/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

A Call to Action: Rabbis for Health Care Reform

Forty-seven million Americans are already without health insurance, and everyday 14,000 more lose their coverage. In the last 10 years, premiums have doubled, out-of-pocket costs have increased by a third, and deductibles have continued to rise.

As American Jews, we strive to pursue justice -- and as leaders in our community, our rabbis lead the way in pursuing justice. Yet it is not a just society when families are forced to choose between paying their mortgages or paying for prescription drugs. It is not a just society when small businesses must choose between being profitable or providing coverage to their employees. It is not a just society when people are denied health insurance because they have a pre-existing condition for which they need medical care. Equal access to safe and affordable healthcare is an essential social justice issue of our time.

We can do better than this -- we must do better than this.

As you know, Congress is working on health insurance reform. Presidents since Teddy Roosevelt have tried and failed to reform our system, because they've been caught up in political point scoring or derailed by special interests who want nothing more than to maintain the status quo. It is time for the rabbis throughout our community -- our leaders from generation to generation -- to speak up and take action.

The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) is bringing together rabbis from across the country to stand up for comprehensive health insurance reform, and we need your help and your voice -- whether you are a rabbi or not.

If you are a rabbi, join other rabbis at and let Congress know that rabbis support health insurance reform to ensure that affordable health care is available for all Americans. If you're not a rabbi, please encourage your rabbi get involved in this vital issue of social justice and ask them and go to today!