Accessibility and Inclusion, National Network

Rising Tide Member Spotlight: Rachel’s Well Community Mikvah

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This year, we are revisiting member spotlights about our Rising Tide Network members. These spotlights were previously featured on a separate Rising Tide website that is now a main section of this website. We’re excited to introduce our amazing members to you! Original post by by Sarah Panzer, 2021-2022 Rising Tide Intern Rachel’s Well Community […]

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Accessibility and Inclusion, Life Transitions

Trying on Mikveh

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By Maya Shwayder I grew up in a secular household and didn’t even know what mikveh was until college. I learned about mikveh from my more religious friends. I was curious, but never really had access, and friends had relayed to me some less-than-stellar experiences. As someone who didn’t really know what she was doing, […]

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Conversion and Affirmation, Healing, Life Transitions, Marriage and Relationships, Niddah, Parenting

Hineini: Here I Am, a Former Mikveh Dissenter and Bride (again) at 57

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by Nina B. Lichtenstein As a convert to Judaism, I have always said that “doing Jewish” is how my chosen identity anchored and deepened itself, and it has helped explain (to myself) why I embraced so fervently (relatively speaking) the laws of Shabbat, kashrut, and taharat ha-mishpacha (the laws of family purity). These three pillars […]

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An adult woman stands in front of a white board teaching a group of middle-school-aged students. Several students have their hands raised and the adult teacher is pointing her hand to call on one of them.
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What I learned at the mikveh

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February is Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month. Recently, we partnered with our friends at Kesher Newton, whose students learned about marking life transitions through mikveh and created some beautiful social stories about visiting the mikveh. Social stories are a visual learning tool, originally developed to support people with autism. The Kesher students lovingly created […]

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Ritual is What You Make of it

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by Rachel Eisen, Director of Development Who decides what ritual is and ritual means? I’m guessing you won’t be surprised if I told that here at Mayyim Hayyim, we believe the answer to that question is: you.   At Mayyim Hayyim, we focus on making it possible for you to own the ritual of mikveh immersion […]

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Art Gallery and Education Center, Youth

A Story in Three Programs

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by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education I’m going to try something new. I’m going to tell you a story about Mayyim Hayyim, only it hasn’t happened yet. It’s actually not even a story. It’s a list of three programs that I’m going to teach this week. By the time you are reading this, they’ll […]

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