President Obama at Temple Emanu-El

Jewish Community Day of Action for Health Care Coverage

Today is the Jewish Community Day of Action for Health Care Coverage—and Reform Jews across the country, including at the RAC, NFTY, WRJ and more are taking part.

The goal of the Jewish Community Day of Action is to educate both American Jews and the public at large about their coverage options on the new healthcare Marketplaces. Jewish organizations across the country—large and small, denominational, community-wide, local, and otherwise—are participating in this key effort, with support from the White House’s Office of Public Engagement. The Jewish community chose February 18th because the number 18 represents chai, or life. Our tradition teaches us that human life is of infinite value and that the preservation of life supersedes almost all other considerations. As Jews, we believe that God endowed humanity with the understanding and ability to become partners with God in making a better world. The use of our wisdom to cure illnesses has been a central theme in Jewish thought and history.

We are thus inspired to ensure that as many Americans as possible have access to healthcare. Regardless of the politics around the Affordable Care Act itself, enrollment on the new Marketplace exchanges is a way for individuals and families to obtain more affordable healthcare coverage.

The RAC has rolled out a number of resources in preparation for this Day of Action. At, you’ll find educational and program resources, information about the law, Jewish resources on healthcare, and information on how to “take action,” including our Medicaid expansion action alert and enrollment resources. More specifically, if your congregation is interested in helping to promote affordable healthcare, you should check out our new resource here, or contact me at for ideas about how to help promote enrollment in your community.

These resources are not just for today—they are intended to be used through the rest of the enrollment period, which ends on March 31, and to prepare for open enrollment next year.

Enroll America is offering a variety of training and educational opportunities for those interested in enrollment outreach in their communities:

Ensuring that all individuals and families have access to comprehensive and affordable healthcare coverage is one of our key moral obligations. Let’s carry out that obligation by working to educate the public about their options and ensuring that as many of our fellow Americans as possible have access to affordable care.

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Charlie Arnowitz

About Charlie Arnowitz

Charlie Arnowitz is a Legislative Assistant at the RAC, responsible for civil rights, immigration, and healthcare issues. He is a native of Highland Park, IL and a 2013 graduate of Vermont's Middlebury College.

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