Executive Director | email@example.com
Carrie has been with Mayyim Hayyim since she became a volunteer Mikveh Guide in 2006. She joined the staff in 2008 as Mikveh Center Director and soon after was promoted to Assistant Director. In 2012, the board selected Carrie to succeed Mayyim Hayyim’s founding director, and she is now leading the organization to deepen its roots in the Greater Boston area and expand around the country and world through the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network. Carrie is a Schusterman Fellow and in 2013 Combined Jewish Philanthropies named her one of the 18 most influential young adults in Boston.
A cum laude graduate of Skidmore College, Carrie received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University with a focus on Macro Practice, including non-profit management, planning and program development, and community organizing. 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.
Carrie lives in Sharon, MA with her husband, Jamie, and their three children.
Director of Development | firstname.lastname@example.org
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. She is a member of the young adult leadership committees at her synagogue and at the New Israel Fund (New England region). Rachel lives in Newton with her husband, Nate.
Director, Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network| email@example.com
Jessica joined Mayyim Hayyim in 2019 as a graduate fellow and became director of the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network in 2020. She brings more than a decade of experience in education, communications, creative ritual exploration, relationship building, and program management working with organizations in Europe, Israel, and across the U.S. Jessica was born and raised in New York and holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Kenyon College and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Her graduate work focused on bringing historical Jewish rituals into the present and she is thrilled to work with this network and the open mikva’ot around the world who are making this ritual accessible to all Jews. She lives with her partner and their two dogs near Point Reyes, California.
Director of Operations and Systems | firstname.lastname@example.org
Alissa, a native of New York’s Hudson Valley, first served Mayyim Hayyim as a volunteer Mikveh Guide in December 2011. In addition to her Mikveh Guide training, she has a Certificate in Fashion Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, with a focus on theatrical costuming. She is also an End of Life Doula, with training from the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) and a Proficiency Badge from the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA); she is a member of INELDA, NEDA, and the National Home Funeral Alliance (NHFA). Beyond her work at Mayyim Hayyim, Alissa’s ambition is to combine her education in serving the dying and their loved ones with her experience writing and facilitating Jewish and interfaith ritual as a Mikveh Guide and wedding celebrant to help families reimagine how we might die and grieve Jewishly in the 21st century—emphasizing a soul and Earth-centered approach grounded in Jewish text, ritual, and values.
Alissa lives in Newton with her husband and child.
Administrative and Marketing Assistant | email@example.com
Elizabeth joined Mayyim Hayyim in August 2018. She graduated magna cum laude from Macalester College with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and American Studies. While in school, Elizabeth interned at Jewish Community Action in Saint Paul, MN, where she worked on issues of voting rights and mass incarceration and gained a greater appreciation for the role of Jewish organizations in community engagement. Elizabeth is excited about Mayyim Hayyim’s commitment to accessibility, education, and pluralism.
Interim Mikveh Center Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah Robbins returned to Mayyim Hayyim in 2020 after graduating with dual master’s degrees from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern & Judaic Studies. She recently served as OneTable’s first ever Boston Field Fellow, providing spiritual and logistical coaching to young adults to build their own relationship with Shabbat. Leah also serves as the Community Accountability Coordinator for the 20s & 30s Kavod Community, creating justice-driven communal infrastructure to address intra-community conflict and interpersonal harm. Wherever she finds herself, Leah is committed to connecting Jews to ritual, justice, other Jews, and to themselves.