SPRINGFIELD — David Morse, a longtime member of Sinai Temple and its Social Action Committee, was one of the recipients of the 2018 Pioneer Valley Project’s Micah Award on Feb. 4.
The Pioneer Valley Project gives the award to individuals from public service organizations who have “exemplified the words of the prophet Micah: ‘… to do justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God…” (Micah 6:8).
Morse was an early participant on the board of the Pioneer Valley Project. He is retired from a long career working as a Physician Assistant in the field of Occupational Medicine, providing medical care to workers with asbestos exposure and rehabilitation for coal miners with “black lung” disorders. Working in Holyoke and Hartford, Morse cared for those with work related injuries and exposures.
In 2017, David joined with others to bring JALSA – The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, to the Pioneer Valley, and has worked on issues of criminal justice reform, Raise Up Massachusetts petition campaigns, and environmental justice.
Morse is married to Susan Shepherd, a retired nurse-midwife, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and two young grandsons. He is learning to be a docent at the Springfield History Museum inspired to volunteer at the museum by his mother, Adele Citron, a docent emeritus.