By Lisa Berman, Mikveh and Education Director
More than 14 years ago, several remarkable women envisioned and created the role of Mayyim Hayyim’s Mikveh Guides. An evolution of the “mikveh lady,” our Guides are knowledgeable without being judgmental, empathetic without prying, compassionate or dispassionate — as the guest needs. While our focus is always on the guest, these Mikveh Guides have their own experiences too. Here are the written musings of our amazing Mikveh Guides, as they reflect on the service of guiding.
“It was extra special to be alone in the quiet and low light with my guests. Though they were here for an extremely sad reason, I was so glad to be here for them — two hour drive and all.” – Susan
“It was great to be an enthusiastic tour guide for a rabbi visiting from out of town for the Boston Marathon. His smile lit up the room making my joy at being here even greater.” – Margaret
“A new secular year full of vibrancy at the mikveh — a 40th birthday party (should I do my 50th here next month?). The place is full of joy and life, happiness and warmth. I am happy to play my little part — and do a load of holy laundry. I leave feeling more centered and less afraid.” – Michael
“Being here always brings calmness and opens my mind to the many ways we bring joy, comfort, and solace to the people who come.” – Gail
“I often leave thinking, “Thank you, Mayyim Hayyim, for letting me be a Guide here.” I come away so enriched by the people and their experiences as I get involved just a bit in their lives.” – Amy
“I was filled with awe as I guided a young woman immersing in memory of her Holocaust-surviving grandparents who both died this past year. I am at peace knowing that the next generation is carrying on the legacy of holiness.” – Janet
Our next Mikveh Guide Training will begin in the Fall of 2019. To learn more about the Mikveh Guide training program, click here.
Lisa Berman is the Mikveh and Education Director at Mayyim Hayyim.