For over 12 years, I worked as the Director of Programs and Communications for a large congregation.
What does a Director of Programs and Communications do? Well, in a nutshell, I used to call myself the synagogue’s “cruise director.”
I planned the programs and events. I made announcements. I wrote trip itineraries and nailed down all the details. I worked with the most amazing people — everyone from clergy, staff and board members to speakers, musicians and entertainers. I connected people with similar interests.
I also made sure the food was prepared properly; the temperature was on a comfortable setting; people were enjoying themselves; and everything ran on schedule. Kind of like a cruise director.
And here’s the funny thing…all this has left me pleasantly surprised at how prepared I am for other jobs and life experiences — including working from home during a pandemic.
These days, I’m asking my family the same questions I asked fellow congregants.
Is there enough food? Is it good?
Does everyone have what they need?
Do you know where you are going and what you are doing?
IS EVERYBODY HAPPY??!!
Seriously, it’s been a lot of fun and a lot of work. We’ve had some laughs, nice family dinners, a few meltdowns (mostly by me) and multiple trips to Giant for brownie bites and alcohol.
It’s like working at the synagogue all over again – except these “members” have seen me in my pajamas. 🙂