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

Information Session

During the next recruitment period, sometime in 2017, there will be an information session at Mayyim Hayyim. The date and time will be posted here 1-2 months prior. 

Selection Process

Applicants complete the online application form, shadow an experiened Mikveh Guide, and participate in a small group interview of 3-5 candidates. Sometimes a one-on-one follow-up interivew 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 sources for mikveh
  • Laws and practice of traditional mikveh use
  • Non-traditional mikveh uses, e.g. healing, celebrations, life transitions

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 two Saturday nights 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)
 

The application process for the winter 2015-16 Mikveh Guide training is now closed. Please click here to learn more about the training program in general, and email Lisa Berman if you would like to be notified about the next training which will likely take place sometime in the first half of 2017.