The Common Good
January-February 2002

Did You Hear?

by Rose Marie Berger, Jodi Hochstedler | January-February 2002

The "Words Can Heal" campaign, recently launched by Rabbi Chaim Feld, teaches
positive communication skills and aims to stop hurtful speech.

The "Words Can Heal" campaign, recently launched by Rabbi Chaim Feld, teaches positive communication skills and aims to stop hurtful speech. With 88 percent of Americans saying it is important to reduce gossip at school, work, and in families, the campaign provides a pledge, handbook, video, posters, and more for addressing the problem.

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