Amanda Herring (former Jewish Shabbat Host of the Week) and Mo Golden met in graduate school and are both Jewish experiential educators. They wanted a Jewish planner, and it didn’t exist. So…they made one!
Allie: How did The Jewish Planner come to fruition?
Amanda: I was doing the JOFEE Fellowship and had just gotten back from my cohort training at the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center. [During this training], I did so much cool learning about the Jewish calendar and how it connects to the agricultural calendar and the seasons. I love planners, but found that there was not a single planner out there that’s Jewish, easy to use, and pocket-size. Mo is a friend from graduate school and is an amazing artist and designer. She had used Kickstarter before, and told me, “we can do this!”
Mo: Amanda’s been making the content with the monthly teachings and dates, and I’ve been working on illustrations and design layouts. It’s been exciting to see how our skills complement each other’s, and how we are in different communities that are all really excited about this.
Allie: What are your dreams for future of this planner?
Amanda: That people will use this planner and give us feedback on it so we can adjust and make it even better for next year. In future years, we’d love to work with Jewish organizations to make specific planners for them.
Mo: I hope this planner can reframe the way we connect to Jewish education, and make people feel less marginalized and more cohesive. It can help people find more connection and meaning in the Jewish community.
Amanda: It’s one of those things that can bring a little bit of Judaism to your day, every day.
Allie: Where can I buy one?
Mo: We’re live on Kickstarter! [Pledge $30 or more to get a physical copy of the planner shipped to you.]
Allie: What do you want people to feel when they use this planner?
Amanda: Alignment. It’s not two separate lives that you’re living between work and Judaism.
Mo: A sense of belonging, connection, and centeredness.
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