Mayyim Hayyim operates according to seven basic principles that inform our actions and decisions every day.
In Judaism, the number seven is redolent with the wonder and wholeness of the week-long creation story. Seven steps lead into the warm waters of mikveh, Judaism’s oldest resource for the renewal of the soul.
Thus, Mayyim Hayyim is guided by the following seven “Principles of Common Purpose” developed in 2000 by an interdenominational group of clergy, facilitated by Rabbi Barbara Penzner and under the auspices of The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts.
- Halacha – Jewish Law
Commitment to traditional legal standards for the building and maintenance of the borot (collection pools) and mikva’ot (immersion pools).
- Tz’niyut – Modesty
At Mayyim Hayyim, we respect the privacy, modesty, and confidentiality of those who come to immerse, and offer certain hours for women or men exclusively. We recognize that at the time of immersion, an individual is extraordinarily vulnerable. Our thoughtful and sensitive Mikveh Guides (male and female) are trained to help visitors feel safe and comfortable.
- Ahavat Yisrael – Love of the Jewish People
We honor and cherish the differences among the Jewish people. Mayyim Hayyim provides the space for Jews to practice the ritual of immersion according to their interpretation and understanding.
- Klal Yisrael – Jewish Community
We are one Jewish people. Mayyim Hayyim is an un-hyphenated Jewish place.
- Chinuch – Education
Mayyim Hayyim is committed to providing educational opportunities for children and adults. We are a gateway institution where everyone can deepen their understanding about Jewish thought, Jewish life, and Jewish values.
- Hiddur Mitzvah – Beautifying the Mitzvah
The rabbinic admonition to beautify religious life is central to our vision. From tiles to roof lines to our art gallery, Mayyim Hayyim is a place that pleases the eye and uplifts the spirit.
- Petichut – Openness & Inclusivity
Access and availability for all Jews and those becoming Jewish. Mayyim Hayyim strives to be inclusive of all who wish to learn and/or immerse, regardless of sexual orientation, physical/developmental ability, or background.