Our Staff

Carrie Bornstein

Chief Executive Officer | carrieb@mayyimhayyim.org

Carrie Bornstein is passionate about creating a Jewish community that is inclusive, accessible, and welcoming to all. She first got involved with Mayyim Hayyim as a volunteer Mikveh Guide in 2006 and is now its Chief Executive Officer, having served in this capacity since 2012. She is working to transition Mayyim Hayyim to become a national organization, utilizing its Boston site as a “test kitchen” and innovation lab and through its Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network.

Previously Carrie worked in the field of experiential Jewish education at Prozdor at Hebrew College, Harvard Hillel, Temple Israel of Boston, Genesis at Brandeis University, and URJ Eisner Camp.

Carrie is a member of the fifth cohort of Schusterman Fellows and was named one of the 18 most influential young adults in Boston by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

She holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Skidmore College and a Master’s in Social Work from Boston University with a focus on Macro Practice. A graduate of the first cohort of DeLeT (Day School Leadership through Teaching) at Brandeis University, Carrie also studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

She serves as the admin for the Mental Health in the Jewish Community Facebook group, blogged about her experience as a gestational carrier at www.theresnoiinuterus.wordpress.com, and enjoys knitting, cooking, and homemade Purim costume creation. She lives in Sharon, MA with her husband, Jamie, and their three children.

 

Reed Barkowitz

Communications Manager | reedb@mayyimhayyim.org

Reed Barkowitz is originally from the Boston area, and grew up connected to Mayyim Hayyim and participated in Beneath the Surface before their B’nai Mitzvah. Since then, Reed has relocated to central Florida where they live with their family and their dog, Frankie. They have their undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts with a minor in Religious Studies from Stetson University in Deland, Florida. Reed has many years of communications and marketing experience, accumulated through working with academic programs, political campaigns, video game developers, and more. They are delighted to be a part of the Mayyim Hayyim team.

 

Rachel Eisen

Chief Operations and Advancement Officer | rachele@mayyimhayyim.org

Rachel Eisen

Rachel first discovered Mayyim Hayyim when she brought a group of college students on a field trip to learn about mikveh and ritual innovation. Rachel grew up in New York and Maryland, and has an extensive background in the Jewish communal field. Previously, she was the Senior Engagement Associate at Brown RISD Hillel in Providence, RI. Rachel holds dual master’s degrees from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and a BA in History and Jewish Studies from Vassar College. She has also studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, the Shalom Hartman Institute, and Hebrew College. Rachel is a co-founder of Mentoring for Equity, a national initiative to connect women-identified Jewish communal professionals in mentoring relationships in order to help close the gender leadership gap and work toward gender equity in the Jewish non-profit sector. In 2021 she was selected for UpStart’s Change Accelerator, JWI’s Jewish Communal Women’s Leadership Project, and Schusterman Family Philanthropies’ Leading from Within Fellowship. She volunteers with the Gender Equity in Hiring Project and sits on the New England Regional Council and New Gen Leadership Committee at the New Israel Fund. Rachel lives in Dedham with her husband, Nathan.

 

Molly Kazan

Development Manager | mollyk@mayyimhayyim.org


Molly is a lifelong supporter of immersive Jewish experiences and deeply appreciates the role those experiences played in shaping her Jewish identity. After a tour with her graduate school cohort, Molly was inspired by Mayyim Hayyim’s mission and how it aligns with her passion for building communities and relationships. A Midwesterner at heart with roots in Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, Molly’s professional background is in the Jewish organizational landscape across global and local communities. She recently earned dual master’s degrees from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership and a Social Impact MBA from the Heller School for Social Policy & Management as a Nachshon Project Fellow. She holds a BA in Psychology with minors in Jewish Studies and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Molly brings previous experience from JCC Greater Boston, the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF), and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). When she isn’t implementing Mayyim Hayyim’s fundraising strategy, Molly can be found drinking chai tea, preferably on a yoga mat near a body of water.

 

Rabbi Amalia Mark

Director of Programs and Partnerships | amaliam@mayyimhayyim.org

Amalia is abundantly excited to be joining the Mayyim Hayyim staff after working as Mayyim Hayyim’s Rabbinic Intern. Amalia earned her Semicha, rabbinic ordination, at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. She holds a B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Amalia has worked as the Director of Jewish Student Life at the University of Arizona Hillel, and served as a rabbinic intern at Etz Chayim in Atlanta, GA. She studied at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies for two years, where she met her husband in the Beit Midrash (study hall). Amalia received a certificate in Experiential Education from the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and believes that every Jew deserves literacy and meaningful access to text, tradition, and ritual.

 

Lucy Marshall

Director of Rising Tide | lucym@mayyimhayyim.org

Lucy is a Jewish educator, organizer, youth worker, and facilitator based in Minneapolis on Dakota Land. She directs the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network at Mayyim Hayyim, elevating resources and relationships to ensure that mikveh is accessible and inclusive to all Jewish people and communities. Lucy received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Lucy is the 2020-2022 Twersky Education Fellow at the Jewish Women’s Archive and brings abundant experience in Jewish youth engagement, ritual work, and justice movements. Outside of Mayyim Hayyim, she teaches at Shir Tikvah Congregation, organizes with Jewish Community Action, and enjoys swimming, kayaking, and cross-country skiing on the nearby lakes. 

 

Elana Pollack

Program Manager | elanap@mayyimhayyim.org

Elana is excited to be joining Mayyim Hayyim as Program Manager. Her love of building Jewish community was sparked at an early age by attending and working at Jewish summer camps for years. She is a graduate of the Pardes Educators Program and has a Masters’ degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College with an additional Certificate in Experiential Education. Elana comes to Mayyim Hayyim after three years of classroom teaching, most recently at Luria Academy of Brooklyn, where she taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades. Elana lives in Cambridge with her wife, Sarah, and is passionate about co-creating open, warm and welcoming Jewish spaces.

 

Sarah Schneider

Program Associate | sarahs@mayyimhayyim.org

Sarah is thrilled to be joining the Mayyim Hayyim staff and supporting its meaningful programs. She grew up in Newton, shaping her Jewish identity at Solomon Schechter Boston, Gann Academy, and Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, and spent many summers at Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake and Camp Tel Yehudah. Sarah cares deeply about fostering a love of Judaism in the next generations, having spent five summers working at Camp Sprout Lake, where she was a 2015 Foundation for Jewish Camp Cornerstone Fellow. Sarah holds a BFA in Stage Management from Boston University, and has worked as a stage manager, child supervisor, and producer at over a dozen performing arts organizations throughout the Boston area. In addition, she has over twelve years of experience in retail and personalized customer service. Sarah lives in Brighton and is passionate about building a Jewish community that is open and accessible to all.

 

Michaela Wagner

Director of Administration| michaelaw@mayyimhayyim.org

Michaela is very excited to be joining the Mayyim Hayyim staff. She first learned about Mayyim Hayyim through Temple Beth Elohim in 2007 and immersed prior to becoming bat mitzvah. Michaela was a Judaic studies major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She forged a strong Jewish identity through her upbringing at Temple Beth Elohim as a cantorial mentee, assistant teacher and youth choir director, personal tutor, and congregant Shabbat service leader for 14 years. She attended URJ Eisner camp and traveled to Israel, where she connected with Jews of all denominations and gained a deep understanding of and love for the broader Jewish community. In addition to her work within the Jewish community, Michaela has a decade of customer service experience and classical musical training, earning accolades as a top scoring soprano at the Massachusetts’s All State Choir festival. She is passionate about mikveh and its ability to uplift the soul, to heal, and to foster joy in life’s transitions. Michaela lives in Braintree and is raising a Siberian Husky puppy, as well as two Blue and Gold Macaw Parrots.

 

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