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Kalsman Institute Honors Rabbi Richard Address with "Sherut L’Am" Award
For his Work Supporting Caring Communities

NEW YORK – The Kalsman Institute of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) gave the annual Sherut L’Am (Service to the People) award to Rabbi Richard Address, director of Union for Reform Judaism’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns for his dedication to the health and wellbeing of the Jewish community.

The Kalsman Institute, a fully endowed program of the HUC-JIR, funded by the family of Peachy and Mark Levy in memory of Lee and Irving (Red) Kalsman, is a center for training, collaboration and dialogue at the intersection of Judaism and health located on the HUC-JIR campus in Los Angeles.

“Jewish Family Concerns has worked closely with the Kalsman Institute since its inception and I feel that by being honored personally, the Institute is honoring our progress in creating caring, supportive and healing synagogue communities,” said Rabbi Address, whose department provides programs dealing with the physical, emotional and spiritual health of a congregational community. “This type of collaboration is extremely important in this day in age.”

“I am proud of the work of our department, the work of the Institute and the work of our congregations,” said Rabbi Address. “As a teacher at HUC, a partner working with the Kalsman Institute and a member of the Union staff it is gratifying to be given this award from these institutions.”

The Kalsman Institute, which has a mandate to train future leadership of the Reform movement in the area of pastoral care, covers four major areas: Jewish Spirituality & Healing, Bioethics, Illness and Wellness, and The Healthcare System.

Rabbi William Cutter, director of the Kalsman Institute, praised Rabbi Address for contributions. “Rabbi Address’s extraordinary support to congregational programs of health and healing; his tireless efforts at consciousness raising; his many publications in areas that have brought problems from the background into the foreground—and his high standards of human behavior all contributed to this award,” he said

For more information on Jewish healing please visit the Department of Jewish Family Concerns’ website at or the Kalsman Institute at its online at

The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.


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