A Community of Care
American Jewish communities built hospitals for a variety of reasons: to fulfill the imperative to take care of the community’s poor, to allow Jewish patients to observe their faith, and to create career opportunities for medical professionals who faced discrimination elsewhere. As the 20th century progressed, Jewish hospitals expanded to serve a broad population.
From the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries, Jewish communities across the United States founded more than 100 hospitals. This section explores why these institutions were so important to their communities.
“We take care of our own. We are known for this; I think it is part of the Jewish heritage.” ~Sinai Hospital nurse Bobbie Horwitz
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