by Carrie Bornstein

It’s been a while since I’ve written about one of my favorite topics: social media.

When we began this blog in 2010 we knew we had lots of stories to share. For those of us lucky enough to spend a good deal of time at Mayyim Hayyim, we’re inspired daily by people in all sorts of transitions: a man processing that his little girl is becoming a Bat Mitzvah, a woman deciding she’s finally ready to start dating again after the death of her husband, a 6th grader who visits to learn about mikveh and realizes she’s been here before… for her own conversion when she was five.

We collected stories like these in our files and decided that you should get to enjoy them too.

People sometimes ask me, though, “Why do you have staff writing weekly, too?  After all, isn’t that a lot of time they’re spending away from their own work?”

I disagree.

I mean, yes.  It does take a fair amount of time and effort to put together each of these posts from beginning to end.

But telling the stories of our work is part of our work.  Each of us has something to share.  Whether an immersion story, a snippet from an education program, or even the budgeting process, it all matters.

We’ve taken to helping each other through the process, editing each other’s writing, or with ideas for posts, saying, “that’s a blog post – write it up!” when something remarkable happens. Sharing our stories makes us more conscious of our work – not a bad thing when the essence of our organization is about awareness of life’s meaningful moments.

Each Mayyim Hayyim staff member and intern is a critical partner with our volunteers in fulfilling our mission.  They are knowledgable, passionate, and articulate.  Like pieces of a puzzle, we all contribute something significant to the whole, and I’m glad we get to share it with you.

Carrie Bornstein is Mayyim Hayyim’s Executive Director.  She hopes one day to get sucked back into twitter.  You’ll find her there @carolinering.