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Turn and face the strain, ch-ch-changes…

So yes, I have been going through some ch-ch-ch-changes lately. Which is partly why I’ve been a bit out of touch writing-wise. First, I moved to a new apartment! I basically moved from the less-hip border to the more-hip border of Tel Aviv’s African area. I suppose a little bit of Senegal always stayed with me, :).  This is both exciting because of the location and the fact that my place is a bunch nicer. These days, I’m all about improving my quality of life. Struggling is not as sexy or as sanctimonious as it once was.

The other change is professional. As some of you know, I was hired as a magazine editor for the Jerusalem Post on a maternity leave contract for six months. The woman I replaced is returning to her position in December, which means I am in the midst of finding work. Thankfully, I won’t be completely saying goodbye to the Post: I will keep my blog and will be proofreading part-time as well.

I am trying to take this change as an opportunity in disguise. Over the course of the last year, I have realized my true passion is writing. However, for me this can come in many forms. Much to my surprise, I even enjoyed editing a children’s magazine. So, even if the subject is not 100% my cup of tea, I still enjoy the work because it involves writing and being creative.

This realization also helped me understand that I want to get back into the nonprofit world. Part of why I burned out is because I went into nonprofit work believing my passion would be advocating for an issue. With this logic, it would just take time to figure out what that issue was. However, I was not as inspired by this as I thought I would be. I only found this passion when I began to write for a living.

Now, I am really excited to start consulting nonprofits and social profits on their communications! This would combine my newfound passion for writing and my first love for social justice issues. Considering I am between jobs, this seems like as good a time as any to try being self-employed, which is something I have been thinking about for a while.  Additionally, I hope this will also give me more time to pursue my own journalistic writing. 

So, friends and colleagues, if you know of anyone needing help with research, grant writing, evaluation planning or reporting, press releases, op-eds, website content, and marketing materials, I would be deeply grateful for referrals! I can work global hours and do video chats via Skype or Google Video.

Thank you all for your support throughout my first year in Israel and I look forward to being in touch.

Courtesy of Guy Sharett

Picture of Florentin, my new neighborhood! Courtesy of my friend Guy Sharett

6 thoughts on “Ch-ch-ch-changes

  1. I am so happy for you, Laura, and it’s so amazing that you have found your true calling and a way to make it work for you in the way that you want it 🙂
    Love Jenna

  2. Shalom Laura,

    I’ve got a journalist project that you may be to co-author. It’s on art and politics.

    If you a bit curious write to me at We got till 20 dec to do the piece.


  3. Dear Laura Rosbrow,

    This might be a very non-traditional way of contacting you, but hey, journalism these days is all about social media! I have recently been researching ways to get to Israel to do an internship/find work and came across your article on the Jerusalem post from a little over a year ago. I too went on Birthright and fell in love with not a person, but the place. I’ve been wanting to return ever since. I am a recent graduate from UGA’s journalism school and would like to work for whatever period of time in any position for a news agency in Israel. I looked into the MASA programs, but unfortunately don’t have the funds to pay for an entire program like that. I’d love to get right to work and was wondering, as someone who has taken this path herself, if you had any advice, leads, etc. I know this is a very bold move on my behalf, but please know that either way, by hearing your story, it is reassuring to know it can be done!

    Best Regards,
    Leah Breevoort

    • Hi Leah,
      Thanks for contacting me. I get this question often about ways to fund coming to Israel that are not Masa-related. I’d suggest contacting your local Jewish federations- they often have donors interested in funding this kind of stuff. Perhaps also media-related foundations, such as the Knight Foundation or USC’s Annenberg school, (Or UGA, for that matter) might be interested in funding something project specific.
      That’s the best I can think of off the top of my head… I wish you the best of luck, and be in contact if you get to Israel.

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