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The Basics About Double Booked

What is Double Booked?

Double Booked: A Conversation about Working Families in the 21st Century, is the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s new blog on working families. The blog was inspired by the announcement of a White House Summit on Working Families this coming Spring.

Double Booked will be a forum for women and men of all ages, careers, backgrounds, and perspectives to share stories, reflections, opinions, and sometimes legislative or policy ideas about being part of a working family in North America today.

What does Double Booked mean?

The boundaries between the personal and the professional for a working family are often blurred. Parents and guardians are constantly transitioning between responsibilities at the office and at home- and grapple every day with the challenge of being consistently doubled booked.

Why the RAC?

The Religious Action Center has long stood as a moral force with a broad human and civil rights agenda. Judaism teaches that family and worker justice are both essential to a strong society. Our advocacy on issues that are important to working families – such as access to affordable child care, equal pay for women, and support for a living wage – stem from our commitment to social justice through this Jewish lens.

Midrash Rabbah also offers wisdom that inspires us to take action: “A society and a family are like a pile of stones. If you remove one stone, the pile will collapse. If you add a stone to it, it will stand” (Genesis 100:7). By adding metaphoric “stones” through our dialogue and action on these issues, we will simultaneously strengthen our families and our society.

What is a working family?

The term “working family” refers to a situation in which all or some of the parents or guardians in a child’s home life have a part-time or full-time job. Although the issues that working families face most often are associated with women, as they are typically primary caregivers for children, we recognize the importance of fathers, siblings and other relatives to many working families.

This blog will include any voice who identifies with being a part of a working family, or who works on these topics.

Who can write for the blog?

While many Reform Jewish leaders and congregants will write for the blog, we invite people of all faiths and backgrounds to share their perspectives in Double Booked.

What to Expect

Multiple posts a week!

  • Posts from members of our Reform Jewish community, special guests, and our interfaith friends

Opportunities to take action:

  • Engage with us over social media – Share this blog!
  • Use the blog format to leave comments and provide feedback
  • Direct outreach to Capitol Hill – Take action!

Like what you see? You should consider writing a blog! If you’re interested or would like more information, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Sarah Greenberg at 202-387-2800 or sgreenberg@rac.org


Comments are an important part of the conversation. Share your thoughts in the comments sectionThis blog is part of a special RACBlog series, “Double Booked: A Conversation about Working Families in the 21st Century,” dealing with the many issues that affect working families, and featuring everything from personal stories to policy analysis. Visit the Double Booked portal to read more posts, or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #doublebooked.

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Rachel Laser

About Rachel Laser

Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, has been the General Counsel for Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington, Senior Counsel for the National Women’s Law Center and Director of the Culture Program at Third Way, where she helped draft the first ever pro-life/pro-choice abortion bill in Congress.

One Response to “The Basics About Double Booked”

  1. Beginning in 1999, the Shalom Center explored with leading religious and labor leaders, sociologists, and ronomists the issue of overwork in American society, and its connections with disemployment. We developed models for “free time for a free people,” coupling “liveable hours” with a “living wage” as necessary to the physical, emotional, political, and spiritual health of individuals and of society. The 9/11 attacks and the Iraq War blew away that whole exploration — but the issues remain, and indeed with the worsening impoverishment of the poor and the moddle class have gotten woprse. For a community that prizes Shabbat, this ought to be at the heart of our social and envirnmental concerns. Once the 8-hour day & 40-hour week were reasonable responses to and benefits of industrial technology — yet had to be fought for. Now, in a time of more and more computerized technology, we may need to legislate a 4-day, 28-hour work week to achieve full employment and sufficient free time for family, neighborhood, grass-roots citizen involvement, and spiritual life. How do we begin this struggle?
    Shalom, Awaskow@theshalomcenter.org

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