As an attendee, thanks to the RAC, of the White House Summit on Working Families, I was honored to be interviewed by our local Jewish newspaper, the Jewish Voice of South Jersey. The article presents the opportunity we have to influence the powers to be in our individual committees to think differently about the way families function today. I hope that by reading this article, you too are inspired to make a difference in your own community. L’Shalom, Rabbi Larry Sernovitz.
This piece originally appeared on July 9, 2014 at Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey.
By Jane Jacova Field
For Temple Emanuel Rabbi Larry Sernovitz, nearly every day is a balancing act between taking care of his congregants’ needs and carving out time with his wife and two young children.
And as hard as that is, he knows that countless American workers with children do not have the same flexibility he has to make it home for family dinners most nights and even to sing the nighttime Shema with five year old Sammy by telephone when work prevents him from being at his son’s bedside.
Outspoken in his support for family-friendly workplace policies, Sernovitz’s participation in the recent White House Summit on Working Families was both inspiring and challenging.
While sobered by the not surprising news that America is dead last among developed nations in terms of familyfriendly policies, he left empowered to work to make the change that needs to happen, he said.