Letter from Rabbi Henry D. Michelman, Synagogue Council of America to C. Everett Koop
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1986-09-05 (September 5, 1986)
Michelman, Rabbi Henry D.
Synagogue Council of America
Koop, C. Everett
Reproduced with permission of Rabbi Henry D. Michelman.
AIDS, the Surgeon General, and the Politics of Public Health
September 5, 1986
Dear Dr. Koop:
We were pleased to have the opportunity for a joint consultation on the Report on AIDS which you are proposing. The information
and observations you shared with us will be extremely helpful to the Synagogue Council as we consider the role which the Jewish
religious community must fulfill in this critical area. In turn, we hope that you found our responses meaningful to your
We were very moved with your frankness in discussing the options and initiatives of your office. You may be sure that the
synagogal and rabbinic community of America wishes to cooperate with you in every way possible.
I enclose two SCA documents which will be of interest to you: (a) The Synagogue Council, U.S. Catholic Conference and National
Council of Churches statement on sex eduction; (b) the announcement and brief description of the SCA's recently launched
National Jewish Hospice Task Force. We intend to make AIDS patients a significant focus of the work of our Task Force and
our Second National Conference on Hospice for the Jewish Community. We would appreciate any guidance you could give us this
area. Of course, we will look forward to studying your Report as soon as it is available to us. We would like to see your
recommendations implemented in the context of Judaism.
As the national representative body of the three major branches of American Judaism, we work with many of the religious and
social service agencies with which you consulted. I am confident that our collective efforts will be helpful in addressing
this awesome challenge before us.