A few of my close friends/family know that I have been laying low on medical leave for the past 12 weeks

A few of my close friends/family know that I have been laying low on medical leave for the past 12 weeks, treating the back injuries from my car accident and trying to lower my stress level by taking a pause from my job. This week I decided to resign from my position at IKAR. It is very bittersweet for me, as the past 7 years have been an amazing journey, and one that I will cherish throughout my life. I have learned a lot about myself- my strengths and weaknesses; I learned how to manage a team, plan and execute an event, how to clean for Passover, and how many bagels it takes to feed 300 people. I was lucky enough to feel the love and support from a community of people who give, and give, and then give some more. I saw first-hand how people with conviction can come together, open their hearts, and affect change in the world. I am constantly blown away by the kindness and generosity of this community. I have made lasting friendships with my coworkers over the years and gained skills (not to mention random Jewish knowledge!) that I will take with me throughout my life. I am proud to be associated with such an important organization full of passionate, inspired leaders and beautiful human beings.
It’s hard to describe IKAR…but the best example is
when my mom passed away, people in the community (and my bosses) donated money and ordered SO MUCH FOOD for the gathering after the funeral…it makes me cry every time I think about it.
Some of my favorite memories involve Jewish Holidays…(costumes, alcohol, long hours and laughing with punchy co-workers!), and some of my least favorite memories involving tears and exhaustion are still pretty good- because they were usually followed with laughter and hugs.
Thank you for everything! I will miss you all, but your memory is definitely a blessing. 🙂