Storytelling can transform how we think about mikveh. Mayyim Hayyim is committed to telling stories, in a safe and sensitive way, through film, theater and literature.

Becoming Jewish: At the Water's Edge

Each year, approximately 200 people become Jewish or affirm their Jewish identity at Mayyim Hayyim. This documentary raises awareness about welcoming Jews-by-choice into our community.


Produced and directed by Jen Kaplan with funding from Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

Open Waters: Mikveh for Everybody

Celebrating the principle of petichut, Hebrew for "openness" and "inclusivity," by making mikveh accessible for everyone. Produced and directed by Jen Kaplan with funding from the Ruderman Family Foundation. This film is part of a collection of resources for organizations to make accessible spaces and raise awareness about inclusion in the Jewish community.

Beneath the Surface: A Program for Bat Mitzvah Girls and their Mothers

This documentary film shows the power of mother-daughter programming at this seminal moment in the life of Jewish families. Produced and directed by Jen Kaplan, with funding from the Boston Jewish Community Women’s Fund.

Kehilot Madlikot - Amazing Communities

Kehilot Madlikot

Aired during Chanukah 2012, Israeli filmmaker Einat Kapach chose Mayyim Hayyim and the Jewish Community Day School to represent Boston in a 7-episode series featuring cities around the world.  Watch now (in Hebrew and English).

Created in 2011, "Welcoming Waters" tells Mayyim Hayyim's story of creating a welcoming space through education and Jewish ritual. Directed and produced by Jen Kaplan. 

Mayyim Hayyim featured on PBS program "Boomers! Redefining Life after Fifty."

This film produced by Jen Kaplan tells the story of a baby's immersion in the mikveh. Watch "Welcoming Waters: Mikveh Baby" above! 

This three-minute documentary was directed and produced by Jen Kaplan, with funding by a Jewish Innovation Grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Natan.

Many thanks to the Grossmann family for generously sharing their story and to Rabbi Andy Vogel of Temple Sinai in Brookline for his warm and sensitive ritual facilitation.

Produced, directed, filmed and edited by the 2010 film students from BIMA at Brandeis University. "From Living Waters" is the story of four individuals and how their lives have touched, and been touched by, Mayyim Hayyim, an interdenominational mikveh and educational center in Newton, Massachusetts. Mayyim Hayyim is a 21st century creation, a mikveh rooted in ancient tradition that makes mikveh accessible and meaningful for the full diversity of the Jewish people for the first time in Jewish history. BIMA Film is honored to have worked with Margaret, Deb, Sidney, and Farrah and is proud to tell their stories.

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