"Being a Mikveh Guide elicits the best in me. In this role, I am my most patient, nurturing, helpful, instructive self."
There are many ways to volunteer at Mayyim Hayyim. Professionals with special skills in the law, public relations, human resources, social media, and finance provide pro-bono assistance to the staff and board. Artists and gallery owners act as curators for our art gallery.
In addition, Mayyim Hayyim has developed two important and meaningful roles for volunteers: Mikveh Guides and Mikveh Educators.
Volunteer Mikveh Guides - men and women - are the public face of Mayyim Hayyim. They serve as informal educators and tour guides, answer the phone, provide information and advice about immersion, and do loads of "holy laundry." Mikveh Guides are carefully selected and trained to do all of this and to act as witnesses for immersion, a moment of transition and vulnerability.
160 women and men have been trained as Mikveh Guides by Mayyim Hayyim. Ask any of them and they will tell you that theirs is the most fulfilling volunteer opportunity in the Jewish community. But we still need more Guides to support our 1500 immersions each year. Are you or is someone you know a future Mikveh Guide? Let us know and we'll be in touch when the next training is scheduled; email Lisa Berman, Mikveh & Education Director.
Some Mikveh Guides choose to expand their volunteer experience by participating in additional training to become Mikveh Educators. This training takes place after the completion of the Mikveh Guide training. Mikveh Educators lead programs for individuals and groups including sisterhoods and brotherhoods, Hebrew school and Jewish day school classes, and many more. Educators teach about mikveh and Mayyim Hayyim by leading tours, answering questions, teaching classes, and helping visitors discover how they can connect to mikveh personally - for themselves, their family, and friends.