Online Donations Now Accepted!

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Having worked for four years out here in SoCal and being able to accept donations via check for my activities, I frequently have been asked about accepting online donations.  For years (despite my best efforts), I have tried getting a PayPal account set up and haven’t been able to (although that’s another story). Finally, it is now set up and works!

So, I can accept donations online (in addition to accepting donations in check-form) which are tax-deductible, which makes it a whole lot easier for people to perform the mitzah of tzedakah and to support my classes, activities, etc.  For instance, you can click here to make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal to support the great activities I do.  Of course, you can make donations through the SoCalJSS and SoCalJYAE pages, as well 🙂

More Meetings with Young Adults Next Couple of Months

Having formally begun my young adult work (with 20s-30s) less then a year ago (under the organizational name, Southern California Jewish Young Adult Enrichment), I have experimented with different program modalities, different days of the week, and different cities in Southern California.  In November and December (perhaps, January, as well), I will not be running any programs for young adults; instead, I will be meeting with young adults, whether in one-to-one meetings or small groups to understand what best suits them and their needs, to better move forward with SoCalJYAE programming 🙂

That, however, does not mean that my work with students does not feature any programs.  Working under the aegis of Southern California Jewish Student Services, I have classes coming up: tomorrow at California State University, Long Beach with Long Beach Hillel and next month at California State University, Fullerton with Hillel of Orange County.

I have already begun meeting with young adults and I am looking forward to further such meetings 🙂

Working a Lot with Beach Hillel This Fall

End Users Aug-Oct 2013 Hours
“End Users”, August-October 2013
With students at Beach Hillel’s on-campus sukkah, following our having put it up

This fall, I have found that I have been spending a lot of my work with/for Beach Hillel.  To be specific, about 62.5% of my energy has focused on working with Beach Hillel.  In contrast to throughout out last year where 44% of my time was with Beach Hillel, this is definitely a big jump.  However, just like last year, when I spent a lot of holiday activities, especially with Sukkot, my time oriented primarily to be with Beach Hillel, just like this year with Sukkot.

Total Aug-Oct 2013 Hours
Total Time Breakdown, August-October 2013

It is also not surprising since I realized at this year’s annual Hillel staff conference that I would be spending more time endeavoring with Beach Hillel, whether in overseeing our social media intern, running staff learning sessions, or meeting more frequently with students.

Comparison of End User Time as a Percentage - Augusts through Octobers 2011-2013
Comparison of End User Time as a Percentage – Augusts through Octobers 2011-2013

However, I did the math and it turns out that, yes, my fall season tends to be heavier with Long Beach Hillel than perhaps the rest of the year, largely due to spending most of my time during the holidays with Long Beach Hillel.  However, this year was the most I’ve spent with Long Beach Hillel in this time span in the last few years (I did not include the fall of 2010, since it was a bit tricky to deal with the data (but it does exist)).

Time Used Chart - August - October 2011-2013
A Comparison of Total Time Used, Augusts-Octobers, 2011-2013

Unsurprisingly, I’ve spent less time with non-Long Beach Hillels the past couple of years, since I stopped serving as the Hillel staff member at CSU-Fullerton.  Interestingly, the past couple of years have yielded a fair amount of time with young adults, more so than previously (if we were to compare this with 2010, I’m sure 2012 and 2013 would be a lot more than 2010).

In sum, we shall see how the next few months go, especially as I work more with young adults and winter break arrives….