Working Moms Behind the Mikveh

by Lori Kramer, Office Manager

This last week has literally been my own version of a Perfect Storm. I juggle four kids (3 teens and a 7-year old who thinks she is a teenager), a very long commute, a cake and ice cream shop that my husband and I own, and my meaningful work at Mayyim Hayyim, most notably our work for the upcoming spring benefit, Soul/Life/Cycle.

I was down for the count with a migraine on Thursday (yay perimenopause!). Then, Friday, my youngest fell victim to an awful stomach bug. This weekend has been a glamorous show of my distributing puke buckets to all of my kids and working my tush off in our store because we offered a free scoop day. While I was out of the office, my teammates kept me informed and reached out when they needed my help in such a kind, compassionate way. You’d get a kick out of seeing how many Mayyim Hayyim employees need coaching over the phone in order to change the toner in our big printer. It gives me a real sense of job security!

I tell this story because it is so hard to be a working mom in 2017. We have so many conflicting responsibilities that stretch us so thin. Another Mayyim Hayyim working mom, our Executive Director, Carrie, embodies exactly what I want to teach my kids about making it all work. She is a mom of three, a gestational surrogate for a couple in London, and our fearless leader. Her supernatural ability to juggle the impossible is one of the many reasons I am so proud to honor her on May 15th at our spring benefit. She is compassionate, kind, and the kick-ass mom in charge at Mayyim Hayyim. Please join me and the rest our proud staff in honoring Carrie’s five years as Executive Director and her ten years of dedicated service to Mayyim Hayyim at Soul/Life/Cycle on May 15th. We look forward to seeing you there.

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. 


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