Accessibility and Inclusion

Behind the Scenes

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by Julie Sullivan, Administrative Director As the Administrative Director here at Mayyim Hayyim, the majority of my job is done behind the scenes. The nature of what I do means that while I do not interact with our guests on a daily basis, their experiences are directly connected to what I do each and every […]

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Disability Justice is a Jewish Issue

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Originally posted February 22, 2016 By Shari Zakim-Yacouby and Talya Sokoll Talya: One thing I’ve learned in my 30 years as a Jew is that there is no one right way to be Jewish. Although my experience of living a fulfilling Jewish life has been intrinsically intertwined with the communities I am part of, I feel […]

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Jewish Community

Diving in to Mayyim Hayyim

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by Elizabeth Eggert, Administrative and Marketing Assistant Here’s a conversation I’ve been having a lot over the six months I’ve been working as Mayyim Hayyim’s new Administrative and Marketing Assistant: “Oh, you recently graduated college, what are you doing now?” “I work at Mayyim Hayyim, which is a pluralistic mikveh, education center, and art gallery.” […]

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Niddah

The Mikveh’s Waters

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by Abbie Yamamoto The practice of mikveh feels nourishing. The way the water hugs and buoys me up just a little feels like the physical embodiment of support. When I enter the mikveh, the water envelops me completely, and gently touches every single part of my body. This feels both intimate and a little invasive. […]

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Art Gallery and Education Center

What is an Art Gallery Doing in a Mikveh?

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by Anita Diamant, Founding President Mayyim Hayyim is a mikveh where the ancient ritual of immersion is open for use by everybody in the Jewish community, and where all of us—including friends, family and guests of all backgrounds—are welcome to explore and learn about Jewish life. Visitors are often surprised to find that there’s a […]

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Jewish Community

Photography at the Mikveh

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by Hannah Altman I’m currently working on a photo series about the strength of the mikveh, and my research led me to the wonderful and inclusive community at Mayyim Hayyim. During my visit, I was so inspired. The open-minded approach to immersion aligned perfectly with how I view Jewish ritual, so making photographs in the […]

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National Network

Making Mikveh Possible

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of The Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network “I feel like a mikveh in our community is possible now.” Over the last year and half, as the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network has grown from vision to reality—with 24 member communities to date and with continued growth on the horizon—I hear […]

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Accessibility and Inclusion, Special Events

Why I Can’t Wait for May 29

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By Rachel Eisen, Director of Development When people ask me why I love working at Mayyim Hayyim, my answer can vary from day to day. Sometimes I’ll tell a story about someone who needed healing. Sometimes I’ll tell the story about getting to witness my best friend’s bridal immersion. Or I’ll tell a story about […]

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