by Lori Kramer, Office Manager
When I started at Mayyim Hayyim about six months ago I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew I had heard amazing things and felt the welcoming atmosphere while I interviewed, but learning an organization’s processes and systems is very daunting. I had been pretty comfortable in my roles previously and I knew this was a big change for me and quite frankly for my family. My old schedule allowed me to be more available for them; in previous years I spent the entire summer at camp with them so I wasn’t sure how the change would go.
Six months in, I could not be happier. I work with a group of wonderful, caring professionals who are appreciative of what I bring to the table. I am in awe of how dedicated everyone is to the mission of Mayyim Hayyim: from the board, to the volunteers, to the staff. Long story short, this was a great move for me professionally and personally. While I know my summer won’t be spent immersing in Wood’s Pond up at camp and I will turn into just another camp parent putting her child on the bus and anxiously awaiting pictures to be posted of their fun for seven weeks, I do get to hear wonderful stories of meaningful immersions right here.
This week, I heard stories about a woman who comes to immerse prior to donating eggs for people struggling with infertility; an adult Bar Mitzvah, and a group of women who came to immerse for Passover. All of these moments are precious and remind us of why the mail needs to go out, and the event registrations need to happen. I hope you’ll join us on June 9th at our 2016 benefit event: Milestones – Step By Step when we honor Terry Rosenberg and Lauren Neill, and present the Nachshon Award to Paula Brody and Merrill Hassenfeld. I hope you’ll support us in continuing to offer a welcoming place where these stories can take shape.
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.