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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Mikveh Guides

A Peek Behind the Curtain

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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 […]

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Art Gallery and Education Center, Marriage and Relationships

Lessons from Beyond the Huppah: An In-Depth Review

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Originally posted January 2017 by Sarah Bolts and Michael Chernicoff, Beyond the Huppah Participants fall 2015  Sarah: I honestly didn’t know what to expect from a pre-marriage class. I grew up in the Orthodox community, where pre-marriage classes came in the form of “kallah (bride) classes” in which a bride would learn about the laws of niddah (regular separation […]

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Healing

Mayyim Hayyim: the Place That Saved My Life

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by Rabbi Margaret Frisch Klein, Mikveh Guide At Mayyim Hayyim, we are grateful to Margaret for her bravery in speaking up about sexual assault. Read her story, learn about how she used mikveh as part of her healing process, and consider a donation so that Mayyim Hayyim can continue to be there for survivors. The […]

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Carrie Bornstein

Remembering Cookie

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by Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director The Mayyim Hayyim community has lost a beloved teacher as Cookie Rosenbaum, zichrona l’vracha (may her memory be a blessing), has passed away. Cookie was one of my first teachers at Mayyim Hayyim. When I trained to become a volunteer Mikveh Guide in 2006, she taught, “Preparation, Niddah, and Bridal […]

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Art Gallery and Education Center, B'nai Mitzvah, Youth

A View from Beneath the Surface

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Originally posted February 12, 2014 by Hope Suttin Late last year, my youngest daughter, Liana, and I spent three Sunday afternoons at Mayyim Hayyim participating in their Beneath the Surface class for bat mitzvah girls and their mothers. We joined on a friend’s recommendation and had no expectations. I had attended several fundraisers for Mayyim Hayyim over […]

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National Network

What Does Learning Look Like with Rising Tide?

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of The Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network One of the values of the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network is tz’micha / growth. To us, this means being committed to growth and to the process of continuous learning; individually, as organizations, and as communities. Earlier this month Rising Tide hosted […]

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Art Gallery and Education Center, Jewish Community, Shabbat and Holidays

New Year, New Exhibit, New Partnership

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by Rachel Eisen, Director of Development It’s always an exciting day when a new exhibit goes up in the Gallery @ Mayyim Hayyim. Since Mayyim Hayyim opened, our commitment to hiddur mitzvah, beautifying ritual life, has extended beyond the spa-like architecture and design of our mikveh pools and building. The principle of hiddur mitzvah dates […]

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