Washington - Orthodox Raised Woman Nominated As Commissioner for EEOC
Washington - President Barack Obama has decided to nominate Chai Feldblum, a Georgetown University law professor who has advocated for flexibility in the workplace and for expanded rights for gays and lesbians, to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , the White House said Monday.
She is a former legislative counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union’s AIDS Project, where she helped draft the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the White House said.
If confirmed by the Senate, Feldblum would fill one of five seats on the commission. The positions are full-time. In May, Obama announced Jacqueline Berrien, associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, as his choice for EEOC chair. Berrien is awaiting confirmation.
According to Professor Feldblum Committee on the Judiciary testimony on 05/12/99 she said that she grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home in Washington Heights in NYC, and comes from a long line of Orthodox Jewish rabbis.
She studied at Yeshiva University High School for girls in Manhattan, majored in Ancient Studies and Religion at Barnard College, and considered becoming a Talmudic scholar prior to choosing the fields of law and politics. She considers her work to be inspired by Jewish values and ethics. She was one of the plenary speakers at World Pride in Jerusalem.
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