Sadeh's virtual office
Are you struggling without community while you sit at home, trying to work out how to get anything done? We have all been there in these times- and we are all trying to find our way through. For many who attended Sadeh’s most recent writing retreat, which took place online, it felt like a lifeline. Not just because we had a bit more structure in our lives, but also because we were able to work in community- each and every day, if we so wished.
That is why we have now started a virtual office for all those, Jewish or non, who want to create some stability in their lives at home. Our aim is not to help you to “return” to the “workplace”, but rather to give you structure so that you actually have some space to breathe- whatever it is that you are doing. A lot of work has gone into thinking through our structure, and we think it really helps people to focus: whether they are working their job from home, working on a PhD, spending time figuring out how to be a drag king, or focusing on any form of activism/self-care at this critical time.
Nobody will be turned away from joining us for lack of funds, but we do have a payment structure- all the money goes into supporting Sadeh and the Virtual Office. We charge 6 pounds a week or 20 pounds a month. There is also the opportunity to earn 40 pounds here and there if you wish to be an “admin” for the week.
What is the structure?
The office opens at 9am, and we work between 9:30 am to 17:30pm. There are three work sessions of 90 minutes and one work session of one hour.
What is expected of me?
The office is there to serve its members, so we don't make demands on how much you attend or anything like that. We do, however, take turns hosting each day. This involves setting up the virtual writing room, greeting people when they arrive and keeping time. It's very light-touch and a really lovely experience. If this sounds intimidating, don't worry! We will be there to talk you through it. And we are a friendly bunch.
How Jewish is this?
This is a virtual office started by a Jewish charity and with a predominantly Jewish team, but other than that there is nothing particularly Jewish about it. Do come prepared for the occasional conversation about Kneidlach though. We’ve spoken in the past about introducing things like optional Kabbalat Shabbat, so if you’d like to lead something like that please get in touch 🙂
Can’t I just do this on my own with some friends?
Yes definitely! We tried this ourselves, and know others who have done something similar. Personally, we found that it was difficult to sustain, so opted for the structure of the Virtual Office.
How serious are you?
There are a lot of laughs in the Virtual Office- sometimes we dance in the mornings, sometimes we meditate. We encourage you to join us with a light heart but a focused mind 🙂
I still have questions! Can I speak to someone about it?
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll do our best to answer your questions, and can arrange a phone conversation with one of the team if you prefer.