The musings of a previously unemployed Jewish Freemason. I write about the job search, about Judaism, and about Freemasonry.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Masonic Giving

My gentle readers are aware that I very rarely endorse a product, unless I am convinced that it is of value to them. Not only do I believe that this is of value to my readers, I believe it to be of value to Freemasonry in general. This may become the next MORI, in a sense. allows its members to select various Masonic causes and create a page where donors can donate to them. What makes this method unique is that members can choose one cause, or many causes. If many causes are chosen, the donor has the option of donating to the page, in which case the money is distributed evenly among the causes (unless the donor chooses one in particular).

For example, if you visit my giving page, you will see that I have selected five Masonic causes:

  1. Masonic Educational and Charitable Trust, Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
  2. Masonic Angel Foundation
  3. Masonic Service Association
  4. Overlook Masonic Health Center
  5. Shriners' Hospital For Children
Visitors have the option of donating to each, or can donate to the page and their donation will go to all of these causes.

I encourage my readers to create their own page, and find their own causes to endorse. If a cause is not currently listed, they can be added by contacting and having them add new causes.
Progress Meter
You can also create a progress meter and encourage people to match your goals, which can either be monetary, or in terms of the number of participants.


You can create a link anywhere to allow people to donate to your cause.
Masonic Educational and Charitable Trust $
Masonic Angel Foundation $
Masonic Service Association $
Overlook Masonic Health Center $
Shriners Hospitals for Children $

Or you can create a link that allows your readers to choose their own cause to which they can donate.

They are happy to add your lodge, or your building association, to their list of causes. If the donation is not tax-deductible, the donor will be notified.

I think this makes Masonic charity donation so simple and available, that it cannot help but advance these causes. Please consider using this tool to promote the causes you care about.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Working again; Valley of Guthrie, AASR SJ.

I was hired nearly two weeks ago by a nearby hospital to help them communicate with other hospitals. More medical IT work. The commute is longer, but it is a reverse commute (rush hour going in the other direction). I was unemployed for 3½ weeks this time, down considerably from the 3 months the last two times I was out of work. I am grateful to Providence for such swift relief.

I'm surprised I forgot to mention my adventure back in April, so I will mention it now. In the first weekend in April, I and three friends from the Valley of Boston in the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, responded to an invitation to visit the Valley of Guthrie, in the Orient of Oklahoma, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction for their Spring Reunion. Every Spring, the Valley of Guthrie convenes in their beautiful Scottish Rite Temple, and confers all of the Scottish Rite degrees, from the 4° through the 32°, in a long weekend, from Friday through Sunday. You will recall that in previous posts, I had rhetorically offered to turn in my 32° Pocket Jewel until I had attended all the degrees up to and including it. I can now wear my jewel with pride, knowing that I have earned my title of Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret.

This adventure deserves more description than I can offer today, so I will write a future blog post describing my visit to the Valley of Guthrie. I should mention that I petitioned for membership, and received it, so I am now a dual member of the Valley of Guthrie. It gives me great pleasure to be a member of both obediences, that of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, and of the Southern Jurisdiction, the Mother Jurisdiction of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

UPDATE June 28th, 2011: The project I was working on has been indefinitely postponed, so I am unemployed again. Easy come, easy go. Back to job hunting.