Over the course of nineteen years, I produced eleven annual reports for the Cincinnati Community Kollel – annual in the sense that each covered a year’s activities. Over time, they evolved and grew, reflecting different periods in the Kollel’s development. I’ll include … Continue reading
In 2008, the Kollel’s PR started emphasizing its role as a community builder. To illustrate that point, I was asked to create a group photo which would include the staff, all the alumni who had stayed in Cincinnati, and their … Continue reading
Years ago, a friend and former coworker started agitating for a locally produced parasha sheet – a weekly, one- or two-page publication with insights into the weekly Torah reading and religious holidays. The Kollel wasn’t ready to take the project … Continue reading
Purim is a holiday full of mirth, merriment, and parody. The holiday schedules I put together for the Kollel reflected that. Here are sixteen examples, including one which got “censored.” (Actually, more than that got censored, but not so publicly.) … Continue reading
From 2010 to 2014, the Kollel‘s point man for campus outreach, Raphael Weinschneider, organized a series of chamber concerts to benefit his programs. I tried to carry the look and feel of the publicity materials over from year to year, … Continue reading
Designing the look and feel of an annual event’s materials can be a lot of fun – especially if the event itself looks to be a fun one. Here are several I did for the Cincinnati Community Kollel. … Continue reading
From late 2007 to early 2010, Rabbi Yaakov (“Cobi”) Robinson gave two series totaling 15 lectures to women. The goal of these flyers was to create a “brand,” as it were, which would highlight each lecture’s topic, while making it … Continue reading
The Mayerson JCC has a themed art show in its sukkah every year, and all of the local Jewish Federation agencies are invited to participate. From 2013 to 2017, I designed the Kollel’s entries. Here are four of them, along … Continue reading
From May, 2009, to April, 2017, I produced the weekly newsletter for Congregation Zichron Eliezer (“CZE,” the synagogue formerly known as Kneseth Israel, or “KI”). It was a labor of love – a weekly exercise in copy-fitting, copy-editing (I often joked that condensing everyone’s announcements to fit on the page was good training for a career on Twitter) and information presentation.
Here are four examples which show how the layout evolved over time. My primary goals were to make the most of the space on the page, and to make it easy for the reader to find the information he/she needed. The masthead and the schedule moved around a bit. The sponsorship panel and the section headings became more streamlined and clean. Classes which repeated every week, with little variation, were removed from the “Torah” announcement space and placed in their own sidebar. I added a 36-hour weather forecast to the footer. Weekly features, like the “Kovaya Makom” announcement, were added (and, in some cases, removed). At some point, the newsletter also expanded to two pages (one sheet, front and back).
Here are some more sample issues, with special features, all from the last year I worked on the newsletter.
And here are some holiday editions, with extended schedules and seasonal themes. The four Purim Editions were supplements to the regular newsletter. As you an see, the usual rules didn’t apply on Purim; I only wish I’d had some sulfated castor oil to sprinkle on the faux mimeographs, so they’d smell like the real thing!