Mayyim Hayyim is a mikveh - a ritual bath - and much more. We hope you'll find our website to be full of fascinating information, insights, and surprises. We look forward to hearing from you.

Upcoming Events

Opening Reception and Artist Talk

Thursday, September 11, 5:30-7:00 pm

The mikveh pool is a vessel that contains water collected to hold human bodies - each one the vessel of a unique, sacred life. The container itself is not sacred - the intention makes it so.

Mayyim Hayyim itself is a vessel, too: a space where songs and laughter echo, where tears and sighs settle in quiet safely.

The cups and bowls, pots and pitchers in this exhibit express two very different artistic points of view, the purist and the iconoclast. What they share, however, makes this show one of the most interesting the Mayyim Hayyim gallery has yet presented. (more»)

Get Ready: Releasing the Past and Embracing the Future

An Opportunity to Prepare for the New Year Through Text, Song and Movement with Rabbis Rachel Gurevitz, Marcia Plumb and Adina Allen
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2:00pm - 5:00pm 
Suggested Donation: $18


What stories are you writing in your Book of Life? What are the stories that no longer serve you well? Join us for an afternoon of self-reflection and renewal, with text, music, meditation, writing and movement as our tools. 

We will spend the first half of our afternoon exploring Jewish texts and personal histories, as we decide what to we want to let go of before the new year. In the second half, we will have the choice of three workshops: Text Study, Song/Chant, or Yoga/Movement. 
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From the Mayyim Hayyim Blog

The Mikveh, Lady

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I’m going to be honest – before I found this place I was totally ambivalent about the mikveh. Growing up Orthodox, we teenage girls were taught to venerate the mikveh as a mysterious, holy, beautiful thing.

We toured mikva’ot on school and camp field trips, where mikveh ladies would show us how gorgeous the rooms were, how intimate and spa-like the experience. That we would immerse monthly, for niddah, after marriage, was a foregone conclusion that did not even require discussion.

I confess that I barely remember my first immersion, which was the night before my wedding. I recall meticulously running down the checklist of preparations, worrying that I forgot something and that I wasn’t clean enough. My next memory is of emerging from the mikveh itself, underwhelmed. Was there something wrong with me?

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