I know the video said you have to not be working, but really all you need is a sense of humor and time on your hands. And if you’re reading this you already meet the second requirement. So my guess is either you’re unemployed, or not too happy with the work you’re doing. Who needs another Blog? You tell me: Jews Without Jobs began many years ago as a non-organization. I was sitting sipping a cappucino, whining to a friend about something or other that felt incredibly important. I realized that here we were, two 40 something guys who’d been granted the material good fortune to be sitting around in the middle of the day drinking coffee. I’d been able to retire early, spend time with my family and still I managed to complain. Jews Without Jobs was born. Flash forward more years than I’d like to remember, and the world is upside down. People whose lives have been defined by the paths they’ve chosen suddenly find themselves victims to the Great Meltdown of 2008. Whether unemployed, or simply having lost their 401k’s, it’s a new ballgame. And who, I thought, knows better than we Jews about how to be a victim. And there have been more than a few over the years who’ve been able to make light of a situation they can’t control. The irony is we can control nothing but our attitude. And those who feel themselves powerless to change their external situation sometimes are able to not take it all too seriously.
Jews certainly have no corner on suffering or on not taking themselves so seriously. So there’s no need to be Jewish, or even to be unemployed to join. The only requirement to join Jews Without Jobs is that you whine alot, find yourself feeling a victim of circumstance, maybe that things are just a bit beyond your control, or that there’s something really cool just over the hill.
So tell me your stories: Think about how the economy or other events have affected you but see if you can find some way to shed a little lightness on your story. We’re all in this leaky boat together, and paddling as fast as we can. No need to prove anything to anyone; in fact the award will go to the one most able to see a way to not take it all so seriously. We’ll review all the stories and select the “winner.” What you win will require me actually going out an doing something, so I can’t guarantee you an official Jews Without Jobs t-shirt, or anything equally valuable. But trust me, I have good intentions. The only rule is no whining!!!