February 13, 2016 / 4th of Adar, 5776
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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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  • December 8th, 2015: my first mikveh experience. I’ve been Jewish all my life, but up until a few months ago I didn’t even know this ancient ritual could be practiced by men, other than for the purpose of conversion. I met Rachel Eisen, then an intern at Mayyim Hayyim, at a Jewish event organized by The Network, and was excited to learn that mikveh immersion has been adopted for many celebrations, including birthdays. As a social worker, I was also impressed to lear...

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  • By Lisa Berman, Mikveh and Education Director

    lisa bio picI saw the new movie, Spotlight, last weekend. I felt geographically required to, as I did with Black Mass. I root for the Pats and the Sox, and I go see the movies about Boston scandals (okay, and ones with Matt and Ben, too): it’s what we do.

    Spotlight is about a team of investigative reporters from The Boston Globe who uncover the sex abuse committed by Catholic priests in Massachusetts, and the en...

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  • It’s hard to believe we just celebrated my son’s Bar Mitzvah.  Zachary was born a beautiful healthy baby, but at the age of sixteen months, he started having seizures.  Over the years, with all of the challenges he has faced being non-verbal and having developmental delays, I have always looked for ways of including him to the best of his ability.  As his thirteenth birthday was fast approaching, I was despondent at the idea of not being able to...

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  • In July, Mayyim Hayyim sent me to attend the COJECO Symposium for Russian-speaking Jews. COJECO (Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations) is the coordinating body of the Russian-speaking Jewish community of New York. This symposium gathered 50 professionals from Jewish organizations throughout North America to ask: what works in engaging Russian-speaking Jews (heretofore RSJs)? What do we (as RSJs), think, feel, and do when it comes to being Jewish...

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  • Originally Published on Mayyim Hayyim's Blog 

    Accessibility to people with disabilities has been a Mayyim Hayyim priority since the very beginning. Petichut – openness – is one of our guiding principles and it is part of everything we do: nobody is closed out of our education programs, art gallery, or immersion the mikveh itself. Now, in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation, we can show you exactly what accessibility looks like and why it matters,...

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  • DaniRabbiShotAs a monthly mikveh goer, I had always appreciated the cleansing experience of immersing in the water. The routine enhanced my own life, as well as my marriage. As a rabbi, I had witnessed the powerful experience of a new Jewish person immersing in the mikveh upon conversion. I had not yet experienced, either personally or professionally the powerful healing that the mikveh could bring. This all changed when the Boston Marathon Bombings occurred on April 15th 2013.

    My husba...

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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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