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Rachel Laser is the deputy director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. The RAC’s new blog about working families, Double Booked, is at www.rac.org/doublebooked. Prior to the RAC, Rachel was the Director of the Culture Program at Third Way, a Washington, DC progressive think tank specializing in understanding and reaching moderates. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Harvard University.

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12 Tips for Balancing Two Careers With Kids

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 3:41 PM

We wrote this piece together to kick-start an optimistic and practical conversation about raising kids while having two professional careers. We consider ourselves CLIPS- Career-Loving Involved ParentS. By "career-loving parents," we are using a phrase from Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In that conveys our dedication to both home and work. By...

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Honoring Dr. King by Reconnecting Communities

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 9:27 AM

As we celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on what would have been his 85th birthday, I have the good fortune of seeing up close how his efforts continue to promote social justice. My work as a Jewish social justice advocate is often done alongside...

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Who Would God Discriminate Against?

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 9:31 AM

The vote on S. 815, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), will take place soon. ENDA would protect gay, lesbian and transgender Americans from discrimination in the workplace. Seventeen years ago, the Senate voted on the same bill and was one vote shy. Today with a number of senators still undecided,...

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A Reflection on the March on Washington

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 7:24 AM

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Note: Natalie Bullock Brown, childhood friend of the author, also wrote a companion reflection that can be found online here.

As the 50th anniversary celebration of the "I Have a Dream" speech approached, I seemed doomed not to be able to...

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Focus on the Mission: Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 9:04 AM

They serve in Iraq. They fight in Afghanistan. Their names are etched in marble at Arlington National Cemetery. And three out of four Americans believe they shouldn't be forced to lie to serve the country for which they are prepared to die.

Seventeen years have passed since the Congress...

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Ensuring Opportunity for All Americans

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 3:47 PM

This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans against workplace discrimination. Although it may seem obvious that no person should be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender...

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Health Care Reform & Abortion: Separating Fact From Fiction

(10) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 11:29 AM

Over the weekend, the anger and rancor over health care reform was put on hold -- momentarily. The nation watched with a heavy heart as Senator Edward Kennedy was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. While uncertainty remains around the future of health care reform, we can be sure...

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Are the Culture Wars Back?

(22) Comments | Posted June 23, 2009 | 11:07 AM

First came the controversy surrounding President Obama's invitation to speak at Notre Dame, and the predictable attacks against Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor. Then, the shocking murder of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider in Wichita, Kansas, and fatal shooting at the Holocaust Museum by a white supremacist. In the wake...

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Conceiving Common Ground

(31) Comments | Posted April 6, 2009 | 11:10 AM

Last November, the American people voted in change. For President Obama, common ground in tough debates not only is possible, it is urgently necessary to move America forward. On one of the hardest, most intractable of issues -- abortion -- Obama has signaled his intention to move us beyond the...

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