My new job: Program Associate, Jewish Outreach Institute

For a while there I was very anxious about my search for a new job:

  • What should it be?
  • Do I want to stay in journalism?
  • What kind of career do I want?
  • What will the rest of my life look like? Are there any other unnecessarily big questions that will make this an even more stressful time that I’m not already stressing about that I should be stressing about?
  • Etc?

My therapist, however, was too smart for that shit. Her advice, plainly obvious in retrospect, was this: There’s no need to figure out your entire life just yet; for now, all you need is a job you can see yourself doing for a few years. That was several months ago. Looking back, it’s laughable what a stunning revelation that seemed me. As I’m only qualified to work in the Jewish non-profit world, I made a list of Jewish non-profits doing work I believe in, hoping that one or two would have openings I could apply for.

The Jewish Outreach Institute was on the top of my list. As luck would have it, they needed a new Program Associate. I start on Monday!

They do great work, working to make the entire  Jewish community more open, inviting and welcoming to more kinds of Jews. Here are a couple of their (our?) programs I’m most excited about:

  • The Mothers Circle: a series of programs for women from other backgrounds who are raising Jewish children with their Jewish partners. Given my own background, this program really speaks to me.
  • Passover in the Matzah Aisle: More Jews observe Passover in one way or another than any other Jewish holiday. Because it’s mostly observed in the home, none of the barriers to entering a Jewish institution are present. JOI meets them right where they are, setting up in grocery store matzah aisles.

That is all. Carry on.

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