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Health Care For All

Our mission

To provide a Jewish voice for congregational and community education and advocacy. To promote universal access to quality health care, equitably and without discrimination.

What we believe

Jewish values teach us that taking care of the community is important. In keeping with the Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedek (justice) - because one’s health has a significant impact on quality of life - we believe that everyone should have access to affordable, quality health care. Our view of health is holistic, comprising mental, physical, and dental health.

As a member of the Reform Jewish Movement, Temple Beth Am is strongly guided by the principles and policies of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). With regard to health care in particular, Temple Beth Am is guided by the 1993 URJ Resolution on Reform of the Health Care System and the commitment of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) to actions in support of this policy. For information, see the RAC Urgency of Now Resource Center.

In March 2015, the Temple Beth Am Board of Directors approved a Resolution for Equality in Health Care for all Residents of Washington State, which also guides our work.

What we do

  • Conduct outreach, engage, and educate our community and ourselves through presenting meaningful forums; staying informed about health care issues and advocacy efforts; and alerting our community to opportunities for advocacy
  • Advocate through participation in local and statewide health care working groups and interfaith advocacy efforts as well as communication with legislators primarily at the local and state level
  • Connect with members and friends of Temple Beth Am; fellow groups and leaders in our local Jewish community, other faith communities, and lay communities; and health care professionals, legislators, and advocates
  • Uplift through living our Jewish values, guided by the principles of tikkun olam and tzedek

Who we are


We are members of the Temple Beth Am community who come from a variety of backgrounds, including health care, communications, and education. What do we have in common? We all care deeply about universal access to quality health care.

Organizations we engage with

Committee members are actively involved with organizations that further our mission. Locally, we participate in the Health Care Is a Human Right Washington campaign, the Healthy Washington Coalition and the Faith Action Network's Network of Advocating Faith Communities(NAFC), which comprises more than 100 communities across Washington. We coordinate closely with Northwest Health Law Advocates, a non-profit organization that promotes health care access in Washington.

How you can get involved

  • Join our committee. We meet once a month at Temple Beth Am and engage in a variety of outreach and advocacy efforts. You do not need to have a background in health care or advocacy to join the committee. Everyone is welcome to participate as their interests and schedules allow. 
  • Sign up to receive our emails. Periodically, we send emails alerting members and friends of the committee to events of interest that are hosted by the committee and organizations we engage with. To be added to our email list, contact  Ronnie Shure or Leah Vetter, the HCFA committee communications coordinators.
  • Picture1Attend one of our events (and invite others). We host educational forums, movie screenings, house parties, and other events to promote awareness of health care equity-related issues and opportunities for advocacy. If you haven’t signed up for our emails, we also share information about upcoming events via the Temple Beth Am Bulletin and calendar and on this web page. If you know of friends, family, and colleagues who would be interested in our events, please invite them. We welcome all who are interested in health care justice.
  • Throughout the year, we share Action Updates that list dates and locations along with other information about upcoming local and state advocacy activities. Activities that you can participate in include meetings with legislators and other advocacy groups; interfaith advocacy days and summits as well as conference calls; and calling and writing our state and national representatives to advocate for health care issues.

How to contact us

To learn more about the committee and get involved, contact Committee Chairs Leah Vetter or Ronnie Shure.

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