How the Work Has Changed

by Lori Kramer, Office Manager

One of my favorite things to do in the entire world is throw things away. I love the feeling of paring my life down to the things I really need – not just saving things to save them. I have a small box of letters I received as a camper at camp, a box of things I have saved over the years that felt sentimental, and a box of my kids’ drawings/schoolwork from various points in their lives. That is it. My digital pictures, files, well, there I save everything.

We dubbed Thursday the 10th “File Clean-out Day” here at Mayyim Hayyim. My office mate, Rachel, and I found what would amount to a small dumpster full of recyclables that we just do not need in our work space. There was a day not that long ago that you wouldn’t go to the search bar in your server to find a file or to a vendor’s website to reference a bill, you’d go into your file drawers and hunt.

We accomplish the work we do here very differently than our predecessors did. When I complete my work for the week, I run a few reports out of our database, I scan our bills and necessary documents to email off to our outsourced bookkeeper, and really, there is no need to save that paper.

Today we came across some historical treasures: response cards from events that were held five years ago, an unopened box of nail-polishes from a women’s event, documents from when we first moved into the building, Mayyim Hayyim newsletters from 2003, and even a huge pile of visitor cards from 2006.

It’s clear we’ve come so far!

That said, while the walk down memory lane has been fun, we’re excited to have a little less clutter around here.

Lori Kramer is the Office Manager at Mayyim Hayyim.

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Mayyim Hayyim is a 21st century creation, a mikveh rooted in ancient tradition, reinvented to serve the Jewish community of today
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