Mayyim Hayyim's staff is knowledgeable, committed, and passionate about our mission.

Carrie Bornstein

Executive Director

has been with Mayyim Hayyim since she became a volunteer Mikveh Guide in 2006.  Since then she served as Mikveh Center Director, Assistant Director, and Acting Executive Director.  Carrie is now leading Mayyim Hayyim to transition from a robust start-up to a sustainable grown-up. She oversees staffing, board development, fund raising, and national consultation. In 2013 Combined Jewish Philanthropies named Carrie one of the 18 most influential young adults in Boston. 

A cum laude graduate of Skidmore College, Carrie received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University with a focus on Macro Practice, including non-profit management, planning and program development, and community organizing. A graduate of the first cohort of DeLeT (Day School Leadership through Teaching) at Brandeis University, Carrie also studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Carrie lives in Sharon, MA with her husband, Jamie, and their three young children, Eliana, Dovi, and Jonah. Follow her on twitter @carolinering.

Lisa Berman

Mikveh and Education Director

has been involved with Mayyim Hayyim since its opening in May 2004. She began her work with Mayyim Hayyim as one of the first cohort of volunteer Mikveh Guides. From 2005 - 2014 Lisa directed the Paula Brody & Family Education Center, developing and teaching curricula for all ages and interest levels for more than 100 programs annually. In 2014, Lisa took on oversight of the Mikveh Center as well; she is responsible for all aspects of guests’ immersion experience as well as the cadre of volunteer Mikveh Guides. As Mayyim Hayyim’s longest tenured staff member, Lisa is proud to have been a part of the growth of Mayyim Hayyim, from start up to flourishing organization. Lisa’s prior work experience included more than two decades in advertising in New York and Boston; she is also a certified birth doula – a professionally trained labor and childbirth support person. Lisa and her family live in Newton, MA and are active members of Temple Shalom of Newton. 

Leeza Negelev

Associate Director of Education

joined Mayyim Hayyim in July 2014. She brings with her almost nine years of teaching and developing dynamic arts- and project-based education programs with people of all ages.  Leeza recently moved back home to Boston from Brooklyn, NY, where she was the Youth Educator at Kolot Chayeinu (a progressive synagogue known for its diversity), and an Arts Fellow at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Leeza holds a Bachelor's Degree from The Evergreen State College in Washington, with a concentration in education and non-profit business management. As an educator, Leeza embraces the complexity and joy of Jewish learning. She invites students to bring their whole selves to learning, knowing that our ancient texts and traditions truly come to life through us.

Lori Kramer

Office Manager

comes to Mayyim Hayyim from an extensive background in non-profit administration. She previously worked at JCC of Greater Boston and JCC Camp Kingswood. She lives in Woonsocket, RI with her four kids and her husband. 

Rachel Eisen

Director of Annual Giving

first discovered Mayyim Hayyim as a Hillel professional when she brought a group of college students on a field trip to learn about mikveh and ritual innovation. Rachel grew up in New York and Maryland, and has an extensive background in the Jewish communal field. She has worked at a range of organizations including education centers, museums, and synagogues. Most recently, she was the Senior Engagement Associate at Brown RISD Hillel in Providence, RI, where she also served on the board of (401)j, a young adult initiative. Rachel holds dual Master's degrees from Brandeis University's Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and a BA in History and Jewish Studies from Vassar College. During her time at Hornstein, Rachel completed her fieldwork through an internship at Mayyim Hayyim and co-chaired the Hornstein Gender Initiative. She has also studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, the Shalom Hartman Institute and at Hebrew College. Rachel lives in Newton with her partner, Nate.

Amber Caulkins

Director of Rising Tide, A National Mikveh Network

Amber Caulkins joined Mayyim Hayyim in August 2017. She brings with her seven years of experience in developing new initiatives, building networks, and establishing strong partnerships. Amber previously worked in higher education where she most recently directed a public policy research network. She first visited Mayyim Hayyim when she converted and is now focusing her efforts on supporting a national movement towards creating welcoming community mikva’ot. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Rhode Island, she holds a BA in Journalism and an MA in Communication Studies. She lives in Cumberland, RI, with husband Joshua and their three children.

Leah Robbins

Administrative and Marketing Assistant

joined the Mayyim Hayyim staff in June of 2016. She comes to us as a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Florida with bachelors in Jewish and Women's studies. She became enamored with mikveh after completing an honors thesis on Orthodox Jewish feminism. She was a student organizer for Students for a Democratic Society, and an intern at SOJOURN (The Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity) in Atlanta, GA. She is hoping to receive a Ph.D in Women's studies in the future. 

Aliza Kline

Aliza Kline

Founding Executive Director

led Mayyim Hayyim from its initial stages until 2012, overseeing fund raising, publicity, design, construction, staffing, recruiting volunteers, and board development. In 2009, Aliza was awarded an AVI CHAI Fellowship (best described as the "Jewish MacArthur Genius Grant") in recognition of her accomplishments, creativity and commitment to the Jewish people. Aliza earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and her Masters in Public Administration from New York University.