October 1, 2014 / 7th of Tishrei, 5775
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Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center

Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center is an intimate center for spirituality, learning, celebration and community, an international model of Jewish creativity and vitality.

Mayyim Hayyim is a 21st century creation, a mikveh rooted in ancient tradition, reinvented to serve the Jewish community of today.

We are a resource for learning, spiritual discovery, and creativity where women and men of all ages can celebrate milestones like weddings and b'nei mitzvah; where conversion to Judaism is accorded the honor and dignity it deserves; where survivors of trauma, illness or loss find solace; and where women can explore the ritual of monthly immersion on their own terms.

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  • By Britni de la Cretazcreated at: 2013-05-01

    When we were beginning to plan our wedding, Ben and I began researching Jewish wedding traditions to see which ones felt meaningful to us. We were both raised Jewish and we were both bar mitzvahed (or bat mitzvahed, in my case), but neither one of us consider ourselves to be practicing Jews. However, as I’ve begun to connect with my spirituality and higher power over the last year and a half, I’ve found myself much more open to traditions that I ...

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  • by Carrie Bornstein

    My five-year old has been asking for a while if she can go Ima and Ellieswimming where I work. She loves Mayyim Hayyim, which is probably not entirely unrelated to the never-ending supply of animal crackers and pretzels. In the past few months her requests have gotten more frequent. So I engaged her in the conversation.

    “It’s not really swimming, you know, like in the summer, just for fun. Usually there’s a reason that people come – like a big ...

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  • By Lisa Berman, Mayyim Hayyim Education Center Director

    Can you recreate ritual? Of course we here at Mayyim Hayyim believe that you can reimagine it, breathe new life into it, re-envision it, and interpret it in new, contemporary and meaningful ways. We do it every day with the ritual of mikveh.  But could a family recreate Chanukah?

    My family had reached the point where our teens, 14 and 19, were too old for the “one little present each night for seven...

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  • by Lisa Berman, Education Center Director

    It’s a good day when you create a program described as “absolutely, amazingly, awesomely phenomenal.”  Frankly, it’s even better when a 12 year old says, “I thought that the girls would all have been forced to come by their moms, but we were all genuinely interested – and it was a lot of fun!” You can’t beat truly honest feedback.

    Since 2008, Mayyim Hayyim has been offeri...

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  • by Stephan Lewycreated at: 2012-09-05

    I was born in Berlin, Germany, and had a Protestant mother and a Jewish father. My parents agreed that a boy would be raised Jewish and a girl, Protestant. My birth was in a Jewish hospital, which still exists today. If both of my parents had been Jewish, my life would not have been different.

    When I was six years old, my mother died and my father had to send me to a Jewish orphanage in Berlin. I attended religious services daily and Mondays and Thursdays included...

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  • by Aliza Kline, Mayyim Hayyim’s Founding Executive Director. Originally written for Mayyim Hayyim's blog.

    created at: 2012-08-13So… my last blog post as executive director of Mayyim Hayyim.  I feel as though I have been treading water for the past few weeks, just keeping my head high enough to breathe.  Though I’ve been directing an organization totally immersed in marking transitions for 11 years, I did not fully comprehended the depth of actually living through so many li...

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  • By Rabbi Avi Poupko, Originally Written for Mayyim Hayyim's Blog created at: 2012-07-11

    Sacraments are hard to come by in the Jewish tradition. By sacraments, I mean a ritual that is believed to actually be doing something. Our rituals are almost always understood, at least according to mainstream Jewish thought throughout the ages, to be reminding us of something or teaching us an important insight. Rarely are they seen to be actually changing something on some kind of metaphysical plane either in the...

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  • It happened.

    With balloons, family, pictures, and laughter.

    Our ten thousandth immersion.

    Ten thousand.

    Just the sound of it is impressive.  I’ll say it again: ten thousand.

    One-by-one we counted. Reaching such a milestone, wcreated at: 2012-04-30e can’t help but reflect.  What does it mean for a mikveh to have touched so many lives? How is the landscape of Jewish Boston different because of the widespread support of a dream?

    In some ways, the enormity of 10,000 is hard to co...

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  • By Janet R., and originally written for the Mayyim Hayyim Blogcreated at: 2010-05-17

    Being an atheist has worked well for me.  I’ve explored religions, never found much meaning in them, and have happily existed as a culturally Jewish non-believer. I’ve never quite understood what ‘spiritual’ means, except maybe it’s what I felt at the end of a couple of yoga classes, or while listening to some classical music.  At times I’ve envied those who believe, those ...

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  • Written by Carrie Bornstein, Acting Executive Director

    I’ve visited my fair share of mikvehs over the years, particularly as I’ve gotten more and more into the mikveh biz.  Coming to Mayyim Hayyim, I’ve become accustomed to a warm welcome, meaningful preparation, and a dignified experience.

    But some of the things that make Mayyim Hayyim special are really not rocket science.  What feels so crazy is that despite this, I cannot guarantee you’ll have this kind of ...

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