by Lori Kramer, Office Manager
A big theme in my house is intentionality. Eight years ago we went on a mission to blend our family when I married my husband. We had two seven-year-olds and a five-year-old between us and without some very careful planning and forethought about how we wanted to go about this monumental task we would have been in trouble. Eight years and one more kid later, it’s not all roses, but what house with three teenagers and a six-year-old would be? I really feel that because of our intentional thought process we did the best we possibly could.
I look for intentionality in most things I do, working at Jewish overnight camp for four summers, our recent move to Rhode Island, and when I was job searching. I was looking for an organization where I could grow, learn, and work with fantastic engaged people who are passionate about what they do.
From my first conversation with staff, through my interview, I was blown away by how warm, welcoming and intentional Mayyim Hayyim is. When I was leaving from my interview, two men were sitting in our reception area holding their tiny, gorgeous newborn baby boy, so excited to welcome him into the world as a Jew. I got chills and hoped I would get that call back to come make a contribution at an organization that values the same things I do – inclusion, diversity, and accessibility.
The last six weeks settling into my new role have been great; I have experienced new things (like writing my first blog post ever!), streamlined some processes, and am learning to be intentional even on my commute to work, which some days can be quite long. I look forward to many more opportunities to practice being intentional.
Lori Kramer comes to Mayyim Hayyim from an extensive background in non-profit administration. She previously worked at JCC of Greater Boston and JCC Camp Kingswood. She lives in Woonsocket, RI with her four kids and her husband.