Sample Letter For Outreach to Other Congregations in Your State
Dear (insert recipient name)
As you may know, at the recent Union for Reform Judaism General Assembly in
San Diego, URJ President Rabbi Eric Yoffie launched a major new national
initiative to advocate on the state level for expanded access to health
care. This initiative builds on the Reform movements commitment to
restructuring the health care system in the United States to provide affordable
health care to all American citizens, and [name of synagogue] is proud to be
serving as the Coordinating Congregation in [name of state].
I write today to invite you to join us in this vital, sacred, work.
Working closely with a broad based coalition we will organizing a Lobby Day in
[name of state capital]. We will work together as a Reform Jewish
community and join with other concerned citizens to call on our state officials
to make Health Care Reform a state priority.
[insert details about lobby day, organizational conference call, or other
The health care crisis in the United States remains a pressing concern as 47
million Americans were uninsured for the entirety of 2006-2007 and 89.6 million
Americans were uninsured for at least part of the year. The Jewish
tradition teaches, Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor (Lev.
16). Please help us to uphold this principle by joining the fight for
Universal Health Care.
For more information about this initiative, please contact [someone] at