Today I’ve decided, as many people do, that I want to start writing again. We’ll see how long it lasts before the next project captures my interest instead.
I’m going to talk a bit about technology and nonprofits, and my thoughts of where we’re going as a society. You’ll learn what it’s like managing the tech for a small-to-midsize nonprofit; the challenges I’ve faced setting up iOS devices, selecting a volunteer management system, and the solutions I’ve found.
Interspersed with that, I’m going to write about how I’m adapting to life in New York; how much I like living Brooklyn although I’ve barely scratched the surface, and how much I detest the Hell’s Kitchen area of manhattan. How the subways freaked me out the first weeks I was here, and did so again last night when I was trying to meet up with some friends.
This blog will reflect me as best as I can.
After reading a post on the Freakonomics blog, I decided to do a bit of research:
If you are in the United States, you probably remember participating in the Decennial Census in 2010. These forms are kept confidential for 72 years—roughly an average American’s life span. But this same rule means that today (actually, a couple of days ago), the 1940 Census results became public information. The good folks at the National Archives have scanned all of these census forms, and put them all online. With a bit of work, you should be able to find your house—or if you are in a newer neighborhood, perhaps a neighboring house.
It took me a few hours to make my way through the National Archives site before I hit on useful information. It turns out that their site really only likes Internet Exlorer. Blegh. Of course, not that you can find that listed on their website anywhere. If you’re looking to do the same research I did, I’d recommend checking out this Unified 1940 Census ED Finder. I didn’t find it until I completed my research, but it would have saved me a lot of time.
According to the National Archives 1940s Census, where I live now was Enumeration District 1-106 of Washington, DC. Once I figured out my enumeration district, I was able to find a map (click through for the full size version).
On Wednesday, 24 August 2011, I along with 50 others attended Dave Weinberg‘s Future of Jewish Nonprofit summit (FOJNP) in New York. The event brought together some great minds in the nonprofit Jewish world to talk about how to raise money in these difficult times, proper use of social media (Google+, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), and how to get your ideas out there. I think it was a resounding success.
Over 400 “young leaders” from Jewish communities around the globe attended Masa’s Building Future Leadership (BFL) conference. Masa did a brilliant job in their first attempt at a week-long leadership conference, and my hat goes off to them. One thing that struck me during the conference: I really wasn’t the target demographic. So for the heck of it, I’ve decided to dream up what BFL could have been, if it had been designed with me in mind.
This is a post I’ve been meaning to get out for a while. It dates to my time with Livnot U’Lehibanot (To Build and Be Built) in Tzfat back in December 2010. (Actually published on 27 February 2011).
What’s it like to celebrate the rain?
This is a question I had never asked myself before I had actually done it. Continue reading