Anita Diamant Jonathan Sarna Aliza Kline with Aaron Katersky

Why now? The resurgence of mikveh

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A conversation with leading thinkers about the resurgence of mikveh in the context of contemporary American Jewish history.

Professor Jonathan Sarna in conversation with writer / visionary, Anita Diamant and Aliza Kline, Mayyim Hayyim Founding Executive Director and moderated by Aaron Katersky, a New York based national correspondent for ABC News.

The evening begins with tours of Mayyim Hayyim followed by the keynote session, small group discussions and a dessert reception, held at TEMPLE REYIM, Newton. Tours begin at 6:00PM, program begins at 7:00PM.

This program is open to the public and is the opening session for the Gathering the Waters International Mikveh Conference, October 10-12, 2010.

Participation is complimentary for conference participants.


Anita Diamant is a founder and president of the board of directors of Mayyim Hayyim. A journalist and lecturer, she is the author of six guides to contemporary Jewish life, including The New Jewish Wedding and Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Choosing Judaism and their Families and Friends. She has written four novels, including: The Red Tent, and Day After Night.

Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University. He also chairs the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati and is chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Author or editor of more than twenty books on American Jewish history and life, his American Judaism: A History won six awards including the 2004 “Everett Jewish Book of the Year Award” from the Jewish Book Council. Sarna is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Jewish Research.

Aliza Kline, Mayyim Hayyim Founding Executive Director, has led Mayyim Hayyim from its initial stages, overseeing fund raising, publicity, design, construction, staffing, recruiting volunteers, and board development. In May, 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.


Aaron Katersky, Moderator,