My Life After the Rabbinate

career-move-8Today marks the end of an era. It is my last day working for a small, Jewish non-profit.  This is a lifestyle change as much as a career move, and as comfortable as I am with change, I’m still completely terrified.

For the last year I’ve been working part-time as the Sales and Marketing Director for the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and I am proud of the work that I’ve done. The CCAR is forward thinking, open, and truly inspirational as a 125 year-old start-up. They nurtured my creativity while trusting me to grow the organization from a technological standpoint. They held me up in many ways and allowed me to never stop learning. For that, I am eternally grateful.

The staff there is an incredible bunch. The leadership is visionary. The support staff is as solid as a rock. When everyone is working for a cause, you end up with a special breed. You need a special breed for a special organization.

For the last 8 years I’ve been a non-profit dude. Inside and out, I’ve supported causes through my work and have reached a true level of comfort with the non-profit pace. I’ve grown my career from my heart and not for my wallet, and it has paid me back in dividends both large and small. In so many ways, I’ve made all of the right decisions in the work that I do. Leaving this position on such good terms is a total gift, and I would be lying if I didn’t say that I am completely humbled by the experience.

I’ll have an announcement shortly about where I’m headed. It’s a big adventure and I’m preparing myself for a wild ride. I will officially be leaving the non-profit realm, but only in physicality. My new opportunity is community based and as dear to my heart as all of the other work that I’ve done.

Change is a good thing. If we stop moving and don’t follow our dreams, we’re doing something wrong. Life needs to be full of things that fill us, and I’m proud to say that I’m fat and happy.

Awesome Twitter tool

I’ve been working on a little pet project for a while that has taken on a mind of its own. Last year, I was posed with the challenge of creating an easy way to take a large chunk of text (large as in LARGE, like the Tanakh, Large) and break it down into 140 character parts. The idea would be to tweet the entirety of a book, or a chapter of a book in a way where:

1) People that you’re tweeting to know how far into your tweeting you are.
2) All of the tweets include a hashtag so that they can be easily found.

Hence, the Twitter #Torah Tool was born.

It’s a pretty nifty little thing. You paste in the text that you want to cut into 140 character chunks into the top box, and it slices and dices it for you and plops it into the bottom box. You can then take those chunks and tweet away! One bonus that I added was the ability to embed this tool on your own website.