By Sherri Goldman, Administrative Director at Mayyim Hayyim
The morning is sunny and bright as I come to work today, walking on the beautiful path to the front door of Mayyim Hayyim. I enter, turn on the lights, collect yesterday’s immersion forms, and check for the mail. The mail has been delivered, and I bring it to my office, turn on my computer, and open up my email. Without fail, there they are—online donations in my inbox and a stack of mail on my desk! My day at Mayyim Hayyim begins. Today is the same beginning to my day as it has been for over four years, since I became the Administrative Director at Mayyim Hayyim, responsible for finances and building management (stay tuned for my building management blog entry in the spring when my walk to the front door of the Mayyim Hayyim pathway is in full bloom).
Each day it never ceases to amaze me that I am so busy. Donations to Mayyim Hayyim fill my day. I have the amazing opportunity to see first-hand the generosity of our donors. Their donations always move me. Whether they are for immersions, in honor of someone, in memory of a loved one, or put anonymously in the tzedakah box, the contributions to Mayyim Hayyim are all touching. Just today, there are donations from a man who immerses each year to celebrate his birthday (this year he’s over 80 and counting), a wife healing from the loss of her husband, a child converting to Judaism, and the purchase of an annual membership to Mayyim Hayyim.
Every day, we receive incredible gifts from people whose passion for Mayyim Hayyim’s vision is so apparent, with notes attached that say “Thank You,” “Mazel Tov,” or “The beauty of Mayyim Hayyim helped me move on.” These are from people that are grateful that Mayyim Hayyim continues to provide a beautiful space to come to celebrate and heal. These donations are all unique, but they all express gratitude for Mayyim Hayyim.
The next time you visit Mayyim Hayyim, please visit me in my office on the 2nd floor. You’ll see a magnet on my desk that says Todah! (Thank You) to all who give generously to Mayyim Hayyim. As G.T. Smith says, “Donors don’t give to institutions. They invest in ideas and people in whom they believe.”
Click here to make a contribution to Mayyim Hayyim. I’ll see your donation tomorrow morning as I celebrate a new day of work!
Sherri Goldman, Administrative Director, joined Mayyim Hayyim in May, 2007. Sherri is responsible for managing Mayyim Hayyim’s financial and office operations, including accounts payable and accounts receivable, financial reporting, and building management. Sherri holds an M.B.A. from Suffolk University and is a registered Notary Public in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.