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An illustrated, interactive weekly planner that integrates the Hebrew & Gregorian calendars, spanning the year 5780 (Sept '19-Sept '20)
404 backers pledged $15,615 to help bring this project to life.

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This planner is designed for people who are newly following the Jewish cycles, as well as for those who have been connected to the Jewish calendar their whole lives.

We live in a world where the Gregorian calendar dominates, and it is often difficult to reconcile its rhythms with the rhythms of nature and Jewish tradition.  If you’ve ever tried to keep track of important Jewish dates, their teachings, and how they’re relevant to our current world - while at the same time keeping up with the demands of the modern world - you know it’s close to impossible. There’s no single source we could find that intersects the Jewish calendar and the Gregorian one in a way that respects both and could be carried with you day to day. Furthermore, it takes hunting through multiple sources to find teachings and inspiration for each Jewish cycle or important date, which then has to be scribbled in the margins of a standard agenda.

This planner is the solution.

Through its design, this planner implicitly offers wisdom about lunar cycles, connection to nature, and Jewish traditions. Through the elegant integration of both calendar systems, the user is offered an opportunity to align these two aspects of self. There are teachings, quotes, and other short texts that guide us closer to living in synchronicity with nature and Jewish cycles of time.

Our hope is that this planner will allow meaningful accessibility for connection with the Jewish calendar. This can serve as a container or structure to align your life and tasks with the natural rhythms and energies of the seasons, agricultural cycle, holidays, and Shabbat.

Monthly Spread
Monthly Spread

 We've laid out the lunar and solar calendars so you can keep track of them simultaneously, while also using the planner for important dates and appointments. The offset of the two calendars are visually connected by shaded blocks representing sundown. 

Monthly Detail
Monthly Detail
Weekly Spread
Weekly Spread

 This wheel connects you to the cyclical nature of the week, the perpetual return of Shabbat - while providing insights into where this week falls in the broader cycle of the year. 

Monthly Teaching
Monthly Teaching

 With Jewish teachings, prompts for reflections, and space to take notes, this can be an all-purpose tool that integrates ancient wisdom and modern practicality.

Monthly Journaling
Monthly Journaling



 Planner: Digital 

 Print your own planner or view it as a pdf on a device. This option is great for Jewish educators working in an organization. You can work with your team to plan around seasonal themes and holidays without needing to print anything out. (Consider buying in addition to a physical planner) 

Planner: Physical

A beautifully illustrated hard cover planner, designed to be practical and inspiring. Substantial enough to be easy to write on, but small enough to fit into a purse or laptop bag.

Art Print

A gorgeous silkscreened art print of one of the illustrations, for you to frame and hang on your wall. 

  • Hand Screen Printed in Olympia, WA
  • Water based metallic gold ink
  • 11x 17 approx. dimensions

 T-Shirt 

digital mock-up
digital mock-up
  • Hand Screen Printed in Olympia, WA
  • Water based metallic gold ink
  • 100% cotton American Apparel Garment

Hoodie

digital mock-up
digital mock-up
  • Hand Screen Printed in Olympia, WA
  • Water based metallic gold ink
  • 100% cotton American Apparel Hoodie with a cozy pocket and a soft fleece lining. 

You can add on extra  items to your reward. To do so: 

  • 1. Click the  "Manage Your Pledge" button on the top right of the campaign.
  • 2. Increase your pledge by the total amount of the rewards you would like to add.
  • 3. After the campaign you will confirm your rewards in our checkout system. 

For example: If you pledged at the $75 - Planner plus Hoodie level, you could add 2 shirts to your pledge by clicking the "Manage Your Pledge" button, and increasing your total pledge by $50 to a total of $125.

In order to keep shipping costs as low and accurate as possible, we collect shipping at the time of fulfillment through our online checkout system. This saves us from having to pass on credit card and kickstarter fees to you. 

Domestic Shipping Estimates

  • Planner - $6 
  • Shirt + Planner - $9.50
  • Hoodie + Planner - $12.50
  • Mensch Pack (5 Planners) - $9

Overseas Estimates

  • Planner - $23 + *VAT 
  • Shirt + Planner - $25 + *VAT 
  • Hoodie + Planner - $27 + *VAT
  • Mensch Pack (5 Planners) - $62 + *VAT 

*International shipments may be assessed for Value Added Taxes by the country of destination. 

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We are Amanda Herring and Mo Golden. We met in graduate school and are both Jewish experiential educators. We needed this planner and it didn't exist! So... we're making it.

Mo has worked on a few successful (and successfully delivered!) Kickstarters as an illustrator, consultant, and co-designer, so she knows the process pretty well. Amanda has worked with enough Jewish educators and institutions to know this project is meeting a serious need in our community.

This campaign is to raise the funds needed to complete the first print run of the planner. Funds will allow us to hire a professional graphic designer to complete the layout and have the planners manufactured by a professional printer. The printer will ensure the best quality product possible.

Timeline

If the project funds successfully, we will finish the design of the planner by Spring 2019  and deliver by late Summer 2019. You'll have your planner in time to use it Elul to Elul (September to September).

Checkout System

Once we have received confirmation of shipment from our manufacturer you will receive an email with details on how to access your rewards through our online checkout, where you will have the opportunity to finalize your address and pay for shipping.

Risks and challenges

The main risk we see is that the project is time sensitive. If there are delays in the printing or layout, the planner wouldn't be in users' hands in time for the beginning of Elul. To mitigate these risks, we have given our process substantial buffer and we have designed the timeline around delivering a month before the Jewish new year.

This is Mo's first time in charge of a Kickstarter, but she is working with consultants and advisors who are experienced with campaigns, specifically for publishing projects.

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    Digital copy

    Print your own planner or view it as a pdf on a device. This option is great for Jewish educators working in an organization. You can work with your team to plan around seasonal themes and holidays without needing to print anything out.

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    PLANNER in physical form!

    A beautifully illustrated, hardcover planner, designed to be practical, inspiring, and portable. Substantial enough to be easy to write on, but small enough to fit into a purse or laptop bag.

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    PLANNER plus Art Print

    In addition to your planner, you will receive a gorgeous silkscreened art print of one of the illustrations, for you to frame and hang on your wall. *Shipping cost will be added through our checkout system after the campaign.

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    PLANNER plus t-shirt

    Along with your physical planner, you'll get a t-shirt, silkscreened with a gorgeous image in metallic gold. Don't worry, we've got good taste and this shirt will be flattering and comfortable. *Shipping cost will be added through our checkout system after the campaign.

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    PLANNER plus hoodie

    You'll get the physical planner and an unbelievably soft hoodie, silkscreened with a beautiful illustration in gold ink. You'll be wearing this every moment you can. *Shipping cost will be added through our checkout system after the campaign.

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    Mensch Pack

    We already know what a peach you are, but do your friends? Think about it, it would be so sweet of you to get 5 planners and give 4 away, as gifts to the folks you love. To honor your menschy ways, we'll add you as a Founding Mensch in the credits of the planner because... why hide it when you can flaunt it? Amirite? *Shipping cost will be added through our checkout system after the campaign.

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    Distinguished Patron Package

    As a prominent figure in the Jewish community, you see the importance of our project and want to play a central role in helping it succeed. Thank you! At this reward level, you will receive a handwritten letter from us, along with both digital and physical copies of the planner, one t-shirt, one hoodie, and one art print. We will also list you (or an organization of your choosing) in the planner as a Distinguished Patron.

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    • Hoodie
    • T-Shirt
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