I work for a non-profit organisation. We raise fund not only for the local Jewish community but for Israel as well.
I had resigned from my previous job with out having another job lined up. I had just had enough. I was a misery at work and I was becoming very difficult to live with at home. After three years at a job that I had started out loving and slowly started hating, leaving so drastically had seemed the only option.
About a week into my notice I went for an interview with a recruitment agency. As I was leaving I remarked that I would like to work for a Jewish company. The agent called me back to her desk, made a phone call and in 2 minutes had set up an interview for me.
I would be lying if I said that I took the job because I was passionate about Israel and the local community. I took the job because it was first and foremost a job. The hours were also great and I got all the Jewish holidays off. It was also 5 minutes from my house.
In the (just over) 2 and a half years I have been working here, I have become passionate about the work that I do. Yes, living 5 minutes from work and all the holidays off are great, but I truly believe in what I am doing!
Recently I have become a volunteer/member of another great charity organisation, WIZO.
The organisation is comprised of branches that are volunteer run. The branches raise funds to send to Israel to help with womens empowerment, child safety and soldier rehabilitation to name but a few key areas.
The branch that I am involved in is called WIZO AVIV Shaffa. Shaffa is a coloqueal term for a sexy woman and that is what we are about. Young, sexy and dynamic. We aim to raise funds and have fun doing it.
At the moment we are organising a Womens Day event. I will post the details shortly.
All in all I am far more involved in my community and with Israel than I have ever been before and I feel good about it. Its gratifying to have a purpose and to know that what I am doing with my time makes a difference.