My Life After the Rabbinate

career-move-8Today marks the end of an era. It is my last day working for a small, Jewish non-profit.  This is a lifestyle change as much as a career move, and as comfortable as I am with change, I’m still completely terrified.

For the last year I’ve been working part-time as the Sales and Marketing Director for the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and I am proud of the work that I’ve done. The CCAR is forward thinking, open, and truly inspirational as a 125 year-old start-up. They nurtured my creativity while trusting me to grow the organization from a technological standpoint. They held me up in many ways and allowed me to never stop learning. For that, I am eternally grateful.

The staff there is an incredible bunch. The leadership is visionary. The support staff is as solid as a rock. When everyone is working for a cause, you end up with a special breed. You need a special breed for a special organization.

For the last 8 years I’ve been a non-profit dude. Inside and out, I’ve supported causes through my work and have reached a true level of comfort with the non-profit pace. I’ve grown my career from my heart and not for my wallet, and it has paid me back in dividends both large and small. In so many ways, I’ve made all of the right decisions in the work that I do. Leaving this position on such good terms is a total gift, and I would be lying if I didn’t say that I am completely humbled by the experience.

I’ll have an announcement shortly about where I’m headed. It’s a big adventure and I’m preparing myself for a wild ride. I will officially be leaving the non-profit realm, but only in physicality. My new opportunity is community based and as dear to my heart as all of the other work that I’ve done.

Change is a good thing. If we stop moving and don’t follow our dreams, we’re doing something wrong. Life needs to be full of things that fill us, and I’m proud to say that I’m fat and happy.

Web Apps That Keep Me Going

I’m all over the web all-the-time, and I’ve found some pretty cool things along the way that really help me to do what I need to get done.

Here’s a few lesser known web apps that I’ve integrated into my daily freelance workflow, and honestly would be lost without: This is literally one of the coolest things on the web that I’ve seen. “Simple Private real-time sharing,” is what they say. “Super awesome and can’t-live-without-it” is what I say. This thing boasts upload/downloads/view online of files, voicemail, subscriptions, and yes, you can can even integrate it into your site (or client’s sites!) using their great API. Totally worth taking a look. It won’t cost you anything. Promise.

wiggioWiggio: Dude. If you’ve think you’ve collaborated online without Wiggio, you’ve got another thing coming. This site keeps you totally organized and has some of the most useful collaboration tools out there. Really. It’s kind of impossible not to stay on top of all of your projects with this thing. It’s totally free and my work would completely suffer without it.

FirebugFirebug: This is for the developer in you. Firebug takes the web and makes it malleable by letting you change/rebuild the CSS of any website. Imagine “view source” becoming interactive (and addictive!) and you’ve got Firebug. I won’t build a site without it, and generally I don’t even look at a website without even opening it once. I mean. Haven’t you always wanted to tweak the CSS of your Gmail account just for a giggle?

I’m always looking for the best stuff to integrate into my workflow. If you have something that you can’t live without and want to recommend it, feel free to give it a shout out in the comments.