Mikveh Guides are the public face of Mayyim Hayyim. Trained volunteers who greet and teach and witness immersions, Mikveh Guides show all our guests the warm welcome they deserve.
Mayyim Hayyim has redefined the role of the “mikveh attendant” - also known as "the mikveh lady."
Mikveh Guides are volunteers - women (madrichot) and men (madrichim) - who undergo an intensive application and screening process, followed by seven weeks of training taught by local clergy, social workers, and a traditional "mikveh lady."
Mikveh Guides at Mayyim Hayyim learn about the history of mikveh and study Torah and Talmud texts about water and the ancient ritual of immersion. They are taught to be sensitive to visitors' safety and comfort before, during and after immersion. Mikveh Guides are prepared to answer questions about everything from the kashrut of Mayyim Hayyim's immersion pools to why a liberal Jew would want to use a mikveh at all.
More than 100 men and women - of every age, background, tradition, and self-description - have been trained as Mikveh Guides at Mayyim Hayyim.
Everyone who undertakes this special role, this mitzvah, expresses gratitude at being permitted to help people during powerful moments of transition and transformation.