I started this blog in November 2003 and called it “Leah in London” and used the now kaput blogging platform Blog City. At the time, I was managing a student residence in London for IES. This was an easy way for me for people to keep up with me without me sending annoying mass emails or spending a lot of money on international phone calls. When I moved home from London in March of 2004, I changed the title to “Leah in Chicago” and kept blogging away. When I started studying Judaism, I added the subtitle or alternative title “Accidentally Jewish.”
I’m that Leah Jones.
- got a degree in chemistry from Millikin University
- studied in Argentina with IES La Plata
- managed the hotline at the Rape Intervention Team in Durango, Colorado
- ran Camp Snyder when it was all men at Fort Lewis College
- interned with Bike-Aid when Just Act! was still called Overseas Development Network and Bike-Aid hadn’t moved Global Exchange
- found out that catnip is an effective insecticide when I participated in the Program for Women in Science and Engineering (PWISE) at Iowa State
- never made it all the way across the monkey bars at University School
- went to drum major camp and oboe camp at Indiana State University
- presented a Top 33 program at NACURH
- managed an ice cream parlor in Ravenswood
- was includeded in the anthology of inspirational stories for RAs
- worked at Edelman in the me2revolution in Edelman Digital
- went to Tel Aviv One in March of 2006
- produced “Little Revolutions” in March of 2003 at the Single File Chicago festival
- did stand up comedy in Chicago and took all the classes at Annoyance Theater in 2005
- became a Jew in November 2005
- celebrated my bat mitzvah in March 2007
- participated in the
secondfive consecutive ROI120ROI Community gatherings in ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, and ’11.
- first used the “internet” in the early 90s on IDEAnet
- is on Twitter and Flickr, a lot
- was a Vice President at Emanuel Congregation
- was the co-founder and co-owner of MyWineTxt.com
- is the founder of Itza Mitzva, now a program of Kehilla at the JCC.
- is the owner and founder of Natiiv Arts & Media
- participated in the very first Sleepover2.0
- works at Olson PR
- worked at SpotOn
- rides bikes a lot
- is the co-founder of TBD Minyan
I work at Olson PR and lead the Emerging Media team in Chicago. I’ll tell you when I’m talking about clients like MillerCoors, Wrigley, P.F. Chang’s, Pei Wei Diner, Tropicana and others. I barely write about clients or work over here, but when I write about a client, you’ll know.