"Bringing our teens to Mayyim Hayyim was incredible. They asked questions and explored. They were mesmerized and have not stopped talking about the trip. Some are thinking about coming back to immerse. I think our students were actually transformed." Sharon, religious school educator

Every year Mayyim Hayyim provides hands-on educational programs for more than forty congregational religious schools, day schools, community Hebrew schools, and summer programs.

The goal of classes for younger learners is to communicate a basic understanding of mikveh, according to tradition and in its contemporary context.

Program content is always age-appropriate, experiential, and welcomes ongoing Q&A interaction.  A tour, role playing, and interactive elements are always part of the Mayyim Hayyim experience.  As much as possible, we tailor sessions to suit each group's interests and background, while raising the following  questions:

  • What is a mikveh?  In what ways is it a unique structure?
  • Where did the idea of immersion come from?
  • What do you do to prepare?  How do you "do" the the ritual?  How is your privacy protected?
  • Who goes to a mikveh and why do they go?

 
Interactive elements may include a scavenger hunt around the facility or a "design your own mikveh" art project. 
During scavenger hunts, children informally explore the mikveh by searching for what makes Mayyim Hayyim unique.  Their discoveries range from noting the preparation room set up for babies, to glimpsing the changing colors of light in the mikva'ot (immersion pools).
  

Click here to request an Education Program for your students online or contact our Associate Director of Education, 617-244-1836 ext. 203.  Please note that Sundays fill up quickly.  There is a fee for the program.

View a list of schools that brought groups to Mayyim Hayyim in 2011-2012.

FEEDBACK

Hear what area educators and parents have had to say about the programs they've attended:

“This is a creative, thoughtful and comprehensive program. Our students and their parents love it.”
“One of the best programs for this age group I have attended to date. Well structured, with flexibility added in.”
“I loved how it translated an ancient tradition into something relevant and compelling for us today, solving the age old dilemma of connecting our ancient faith and traditions with contemporary life.”
“It is an educational treasure trove - right here in our community.”
“The kids were engaged and curious, and there was a lovely balance of didactic instruction and activity-based learning.”
“This program has always has a huge impact on my students.”
“I thought this was an excellent educational program for my students -- and reached them on just the right level.”
“The programming was very experiential -- I liked that students were encouraged to touch and feel their way around!”
“The kids were heard, respected, and engaged in the learning. I was amazed that they were now considering attending (immersing) for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The ability to be in such a beautiful place for a Jewish ritual potentially transforms our experience with Judaism.”