Sometimes, the biggest comfort when times are tough, is remembering that Hakadosh Baruch Hu is in charge. Please download the below Tefila card and say a prayer of health for all of Klal Yisrael and the world at large. 

May we only hear simchos and besuros tovos in the coming days.

Dear Members,

As the world deals with the outbreak of the Coronavirus (R”L,) we at United Refuah HealthShare would like to assure you that your health and your family’s wellbeing are our number one priority. Consider us your partners through this rough time.

Our team is constantly monitoring guidelines put out by the CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization.)  Here are the current recommendations:

Know the symptoms. Symptoms of Coronavirus include but are not limited to:

  • Coughing/respiratory problems
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body aches
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Sore throat

People with decreased immunity, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes or women who are pregnant may experience more severe symptoms and are at a higher risk of Coronavirus complications.

TeleRefuah was created for a time like this.  If you feel something, say something.

If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms of the virus (see above), please call the hotline to reach our doctors. As always, you can access TeleRefuah 24 hours a day. Services are fully shareable without any PreShare or CoShare responsibility. We encourage our members to take advantage of this service, as it is the safer option, preferable to visiting a doctor’s office or urgent care facility in person. If instructed to proceed with testing, there are many free testing resources available nationwide for uninsured individuals.

Call (888)-243-4505 or access online at

On the same note: Our Team wants to hear from you! Have any Coronavirus fears, concerns or questions? They are here to listen and help. Send emails to: [email protected]

Prevention: Although there are no current vaccines available, there are steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe.

  • Handwashing: you do not need antibacterial soap to prevent transmission! Take your time and spend 20 seconds washing your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Although this can be difficult, it has been proven highly effective in reducing the spread of viruses.

Let us take a deep breath and remember that Hakadosh Baruch Hu is constantly supervising us. Let’s use this time to be grateful and thankful to Hashem at every moment.

If you haven’t yet adopted this practice, reciting blessings over food aloud is a sure way to say thanks to Hashem.

Modeh Ani, the first prayer of the day, is a daily reminder that we are in good hands, safe and secure and it’s just 12 words. Concentrate:

Modeh Ani: I, the creation, fully acknowledge
Lefanecha: You the Planner, the Provider, the Perfection
Melech Chai Vekayam: are actively present, leading us in real-time…
…Rabbos Emunasecha: Your faith in me, and my faith in You, will together pull us through!

May we only hear simchos and besuros tovos in the coming days.


The United Refuah HealthShare Team

United Refuah was proud to be featured on a recent B-Tank episode that was released on May 15th, 2019. Eli Ofel and Isaak Yakubov, founders of LEAA, a healthcare company that offers fast, reliable and comprehensive quality healthcare in the comfort of the patients’ homes, talked about partnering with United Refuah Healthshare. LEAA will send a doctor down to your home, usually within an hour or two, to examine you or your child. The partnership would combine the amazing services each have to offer to the frum community, so everyone can have access to affordable, value-driven care. Offering the services diminishes expensive emergency room visits for United Refuah, and the patient benefits from convenient, on-demand professional services. It’s a win-win! Click here to view the full episode.

Questions? Let us know in the comments below.

This past Shavuos, United Refuah HealthShare was featured in in the Binah Magazine! In a fascinating interview by Esty Mendelowitz, United Refuah’s Rabbi Moshe Katz described the United Refuah HealthShare process, values, and community. United Refuah HealthShare, the first and only Jewish Health-sharing organization, offers the American Jewish community a chance to share in each other’s healthcare costs. Joining United Refuah, he explained, is so much more than just sharing healthcare costs, although that is one of the main advantages to being a United Refuah member. When you join United Refuah, you are joining a community. A community of like-minded people, who share your religion, your values, and your commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.

More and more Jewish families are choosing healthcare sharing as a means to address healthcare costs. As stated in the article, United Refuah is causing a real turn-around in the frum healthcare world!

To join, visit our website

The above headline was published by the Harvard Business Review.

Do you believe that’s true? Think about it:

If you were to starve yourself for a week, you’d probably be extremely hungry and weak by the end of it. But, on the whole, you’d be fine. If you were to deprive yourself of sleep for a week, you would be completely unable to function.

Considering this, the article asks a pretty basic question. “Why is sleep one of the first things we’re willing to sacrifice as the demands in our lives keep rising? We continue to live by a remarkably durable myth: sleeping one hour less will give us one more hour of productivity. In reality, the research suggests that even small amounts of sleep deprivation take a significant toll on our health, our mood, our cognitive capacity and our productivity. Insufficient sleep deeply impairs our ability to consolidate and stabilize learning that occurs during the waking day. In other words, it wreaks havoc on our memory.

Sleep is SO, SO important, for both our mental and physical health.

Case in point:

As unrealistic as it may seem, this was a headline published by CNN on April 29th, 2019:

“More than 300 workers dead after Indonesian election…More than 300 Indonesian election workers have died, many of which from fatigue-related illnesses, after the world’s third biggest democracy hit the polls earlier this month.”

Crazy, right? But maybe not.

According to, “It is known that insufficient sleep may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks. Research has shown that if you sleep less than five hours per night, you are two to three times more likely to have a heart attack. In addition, women who sleep less than seven hours per night are more likely to suffer the same fate.”

It’s extremely important to make sure you aren’t pushing yourself too hard. Although it may seem tempting to think you can survive on coffee when you stay up extremely late to finish a project, sleep deprivation places a tremendous strain on your nervous system, body and overall health. If you’re not sleeping well or aren’t feeling rested when you wake up in the morning, it’s important to talk to your doctor and find a solution.

Some things are too important to mess with. Sleep is definitely one of them.

Do you have any tips on how to overcome insomnia? Please let us know in the comments section below.

Americans spend more on healthcare than any other country in the world, yet we are far from the healthiest. According to research done in recent years, average American life expectancy has declined

Why’s that?

According to Sandra G. of, “The answer is we are not spending on health. We are spending on healthcare. Health is more than the doctors and medicines we turn to when we are unwell. It is a product of the world around us – the social, economic, and environmental conditions in which we live. Healthcare helps us when we are sick, but whether or not we get sick in the first place is decided by factors like the air we breathe, the water we drink, our income, neighborhood, schooling and overall social capital. These are the true foundations of health.”

In other words, the answer is to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and good health will naturally follow as a result.

This concept is one of the main beliefs that United Refuah HealthShare was founded on. Being a part of a United Refuah community is so much more than providing the financial possibility for members’ healthcare. It’s about committing to choosing a healthy lifestyle, and supporting your fellow members in their choices.

Seems simple? That’s because, when you choose United Refuah, it is.

Throughout this blog, we hope to share relevant information, updates, and the latest in healthcare, as well as recipes, lifestyle tips and more. What would you like us to cover? We’re here for you, so let us know in the comments below!

Healthcare and Politics – Are You Following?

It’s no secret — healthcare has been the topic of many a debate in the political arena. There are numerous problems with the traditional healthcare system, and every political candidate believes they have the solution.

According to, “The issue was key for Democrats in 2018 and looks to re-emerge in the pivotal 2020 races.  After Democrats took back the House in 2018 with a campaign that hinged on health care, the re-emergence of the battle over the Affordable Care Act virtually guarantees that the issue will again be in the spotlight in 2020.

Both sides of the political divide have their own answer to all the issues plaguing America’s healthcare system. But, the issue is far too complex for any one person to tackle.

At United Refuah HealthShare, we have a simpler solution. And if you’re reading this, it means you’ve found the answer as well. Health-sharing!

Health-sharing is the straightforward way for a health-conscious, community-minded individual to pay for and receive the healthcare they need. No unnecessary costs, no hidden fees. With United Refuah, the process is smooth and almost ridiculously simple.

Read more here.

Throughout this blog, we hope to share relevant information, updates, and the latest in healthcare, as well as recipes, lifestyle tips and more. What would you like us to cover? We’re here for you, so let us know in the comments below!

If you’re reading this, you’ve already taken the steps to learn more about how health-sharing can help you. Congrats! Health-sharing may still be one of the best-kept secrets in America and our mission is to spread it–particularly to the Jewish community.

So, you’ve been digging around our site. You may have received some of our emails or heard of us from a friend. You may have even developed a vague sense of what it is that we do. But health-sharing is complex, and we know that you have questions.

So, let’s start with the basics–what exactly is health-sharing 101?

Put simply, health-sharing allows members of a shared faith to provide the financial backing to care for each other, providing support for each member of the group while simultaneously cutting costs for all involved. Members make monthly contributions to their share-box, which are then distributed to a member who is in need of medical assistance. You can read more about the specifics here.

Why did we start United Refuah HealthShare?

Health- sharing is rapidly becoming a popular choice for those burdened with the high costs that traditional healthcare systems demand. Today, people around the world are jumping on the health-share bandwagon, recognizing the multiple benefits it has to offer. But while other faith-based organizations have been practicing health-sharing successfully for decades, the Jewish community had, up until now, remained in the dark.

We asked ourselves, why can’t we follow this model for our own community? Shouldn’t we all benefit from this kind of healthcare management? We want to offer you the chance to join a health-share designed specifically for our community, by our community.

What do we bring to the table that’s new?

At the end of the day, health-sharing isn’t just about cost control. It’s about family, health, and values. At our core, we’re a thriving community of like-minded people freely supporting one another. Our community is based on the moral and Torah principles that it is an inherent obligation to maintain our health and wellness and to promote the best life possible for ourselves and our families. To that end, we’ve managed to line up experts from a vast array of industries. Our legal department, healthcare specialists, and business management professionals work round-the-clock to ensure that members receive the best possible service. In fact, we are the first health-sharing organization to launch with integrated population healthcare management–not only giving our members the ability to share in one another’s healthcare expenses but also assisting them to maintain a higher level of personal health.

Throughout this blog, we hope to share relevant information, updates, and the latest in healthcare, as well as recipes, lifestyle tips and more. What would you like us to cover? We’re here for you, so let us know in the comments below!