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Old 02-02-2014, 08:34 PM
Location: Oakland, CA
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Originally Posted by theflipflop View Post
It's well known in the Orthodox world that non religious Jewish bosses are the hardest ones to work for. As soon as I take a second day for Rosh Hashana when he only takes one, and I take four days for Passover when he takes none, and I take 2 days for Shavous when he's never even heard of that holiday, and I fast seven times a year when he fasts only once... And all his other employees keep asking him why I observe all these holidays and he does not, and why I won't go to lunch in treif restaurants and yet he will, and why I have to leave early on Friday in the winter when he doesn't.

So two dynamics will go into play. First, his other employees will be pointing out his shortcomings, and it will bother him. Second, his Jewish nashama will begin to awaken, and since he's not accustomed to viewing the world through a Torah lense, the conflict with his behavior and what his nashama tells him he should be doing will be tough. And guess whose fault it is? Yep, that dirty little trouble maker with the yarmulke on his head.

And by the way, if you do not believe my points so far, look no further than to this very forum to see the exact same dynamic playing out.
The problem you're talking about happens whenever there are Jews who are less observant in the workplace. It doesn't matter whether the boss is Jewish or not. If the boss sees that other Jews can work on Shabbat, then they think you can too. You can probably say that you follow a different "denomination" of Judaism than the secular Jews. I think the non-Jewish boss would understand because they're probably familiar with there being different kinds of Christianity, e.g. not everyone observes Lent and Advent.
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:48 PM
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I have done volunteer work for the Jewish Community Center, and an internship there, years ago. I am not Jewish, and it never hurt my chances for a job.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by tobeknown View Post
I guess "super Christian" was not a good way to put it. More like, one who proselytizes and a little signal goes off in their head every time they meet someone they would like to convert.
That would make that person WANT to hire you so that they talk to you.

Leave it on. It is an important part of who you are- don't hide it. You don't want to work with people who have a problem with it anyway.
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