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October 7, 2015 | 24th Tishrei 5776
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Health & Wellness

Health, Wellness

Jewish tradition commands us to respect our bodies and to strive for health as a means of honoring our relationship to God. Health issues have become a major concern for our families and increasing numbers of congregations have begun to develop responses and programs that speak to the Jewish view of health and wellness. Additional resources and “best practices” can be obtained by contacting the URJ’s Caring Community Specialist for Jewish Family Concerns, Rabbi Edythe Mencher at or 212.650.4296.

Congregational Resources
Congregational Nurse Program
Visiting the Sick
Encourage your congregation to practice the mitzvah of caring for and visiting the sick by developing visitation programs. Our suggested readings provide the necessary information for creating and maintaining such programs. More
AIDS/HIV Resources
Bring AIDS/HIV awareness to your congregation with our resource book and video or borrow the URJ AIDS quilt. More
Resources for preventing suicide: statistics, risk factors, warning signs, coping strategies, and Jewish perspectives. More
Jewish Genetic Diseases
Our Jewish tradition encourages us to make every effort to prevent and diminish human suffering. One way that individuals and congregations can work to accomplish this goal is to gain and share information about a number of genetic diseases which occur disproportionately within the Jewish community. More
Mental Health & Addiction
Eliminate the stigma surrounding individuals and families who battle mental health issues. Let our resources help your congregation raise awareness and offer support. More
Cancer Support
Here you will find how to's, model programs, and important resources that will help your congregation support members whose lives have been impacted by cancer. More
Eating Disorders
Resources for preventing and addressing eating disorders within your family and your congregation including Jewish text, basic information and personal reflections. More
We offer Reform Jewish responses to bio-ethical concerns ranging from in-vitro fertilization to physician assisted suicide so that individuals can make informed Jewish decisions and congregations can more effectively counsel, guide, and support their congregants.  More

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