"Being a Mikveh Guide elicits the best in me. In this role, I am my most patient, nurturing, helpful, instructive self."

Information Session

All are welcome to attend an information session to learn more about the role of a Mikveh Guide and the application process on October 2, 2017 at 12:00PM and 6:00PM. RSVP to lisab@mayyimhayyim.org. 

Selection Process

Applicants complete the online application form, shadow an experienced Mikveh Guide, and participate in a small group interview of 3-5 candidates. Sometimes a one-on-one follow-up interview is part of the process. No prior mikveh experience is required. Applicants are expected to commit to attending the 7-session training program and to 4-6 hours of guiding/month, if accepted. 

Training

Those who are accepted take an intensive course, "Guide My Steps," taught by a diverse and talented faculty from the greater Boston Jewish community and Mayyim Hayyim staff and volunteers. The curriculum includes:

  • Welcoming guests and witnessing immersions with sensitivity
  • Biblical and Talmudic texts about mikveh
  • Laws and practice of traditional mikveh use
  • Additional mikveh uses, e.g. healing, celebrations, life transitions


Mikveh Guide training for 2017-2018 will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30PM - November 14, 21, 28, December 5, January 2, 9, & 14 (Sunday - Siyyum - from 4:00-6:30PM)

Mikveh Guide applications are due October 22.

Volunteer Commitment

Volunteer hours are flexible and include weekday, weeknight, and weekend hours.  If accepted, applicants are expected to commit to volunteering a minimum of 4-6 hours a month.  In addition, women are asked to commit to volunteering one Saturday night per year.

Mayyim Hayyim takes seriously the support and supervision of its volunteers. There are regular opportunities for communication and feedback.  Mikveh Guides are expected to participate in ongoing education sessions following the training (usually 2-3 per year).

What Makes a Great Mikveh Guide?

Successful Mikveh Guides are able to:

  • Display compassion and empathy
  • Adapt to a variety of situations in real time
  • Maintain a strong sense of boundaries
  • Work with a wide diversity of people
  • Multi-task while maintaining a calm presence
  • Work independently
  • Use technology (internet and phone)
 

Please click here to learn more about the training program in general, or apply. For more information, contact Mikveh and Education Director, Lisa Berman at lisab@mayyimhayyim.org or call 617-244-1836 x205.