Rabbinic Heritage Weekend: November 16 & 17, 2018
Racial Justice, Religious Freedom and Our Rights:
Conversations about Embracing Diversity and Preserving the Separation of Religion and Government
with Rachel Laser
President & CEO, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
The Rabbinic Heritage Committee invites you to a weekend of learning with Rachel Laser, a lawyer, advocate, and strategist who has dedicated the last two decades of her life to fighting to make the country inclusive for all Americans. She has worked to unite faith and secular leaders with advocacy organizations on some of the most important issues of our time. In February 2018, she became president and chief executive officer of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She is the first woman and the first non-Christian to lead the 71-year-old group.
As the deputy director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Rachel Laser ran interfaith campaigns on LGBTQ equality, immigration reform, gun violence prevention, and paid sick, family, and medical leave. Before the RAC, she directed the Culture Program at Third Way, where she mobilized evangelical Christians and liberals to work together on critical issues including women’s reproductive freedom and LGBTQ equality. She has also served as senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center and is a national board member of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Rachel Laser grew up in Chicago. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School. Her religion is an important part of her identity. “I believe that religion can provide guidance, ritual and structure for celebrating, reflecting on, and dealing with life,” she says. At the same time, many in her immediate family identify as atheist or agnostic. “Some of the people I love and respect the most are non-believers. They are also some of the most moral, ethical, and principled people I know.”
All events will be held at KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Boulevard:
Friday, November 16
6:30 PM | Congregational Dinner (Please RSVP)
7:30 PM | Shabbat Service
8:20 PM | Taking a Sledgehammer to the Wall: The Religious Right's New Attempt to Attack our Freedoms
(Oneg Shabbat, sponsored by the Rabbinic Heritage Committee, will follow the presentation.)
Saturday, November 17
10:00 AM | Shabbat Service
11:15 AM | Church-State Separation and Racial Justice: A Critical Nexus
12:00 PM | Luncheon
No charge; reservations are required. Lunch is underwritten by the Rabbinic Heritage Committee.
Please RSVP online or call 773.924.1234 by Tuesday, November 13.
12:45 PM | Let's Talk About Race: An Interactive Training about Racism and White Privilege