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

Surprise and Wonder in Beneath the Surface

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by Janis Knight, Director of the Center for Jewish Education, Congregation Shirat Hayam Thanks to support from CJP and the Jim Joseph Foundation, Mayyim Hayyim shared the curriculum and funding to run Beneath the Surface, our highly successful program for Bat Mitzvah girls and their mothers, with communities in the greater Boston area, including Congregation […]

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Art Gallery and Education Center

Family Values at Mayyim Hayyim

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by Caron Tabb I am honored and humbled to be showing my work at the Gallery @ Mayyim Hayyim along with Rhoda Rosenberg, whose prints I have admired for a long time: the deep family connections she conveys in her work are touching and beautiful. During visits to our respective studios, members of the art committee – […]

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Accessibility and Inclusion, LGBTQ+

Bringing Pride to Our Welcome

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by Lisa Berman, Mikveh and Education Director It was an absolutely gorgeous evening at Fenway Park. Clear skies, balmy air, the seats and grass shining brilliant red and green. The Red Sox themselves? Well, let’s just say it wasn’t their best outing. Above the team’s miscues and the crowd’s rousing “Sweet Caroline” flew a special […]

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Fertility, Healing, Jewish Community, Niddah

God is In this Place and I – I – Did Not Know It

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by Shirah Hecht     Yaakov awoke from his sleep, and said, In truth, [the Glory of] Adonoy is [dwells] in this place, and I did not know it [would not have known it]. Mikveh and Embodied Judaism Mikveh and I encountered each other a few times in my life, always with positive associations. I first went to the mikveh before my wedding, at age 22, […]

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Healing

Memories Are Strange

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by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education Memories are strange. They vanish and reappear in unpredictable ways. Sometimes their natural habitat is our solitary and unconscious mind; other times, a shared moment with a friend.  We tend to memories in our dreams, in an unexpected wave of nostalgia, and at the dinner table. As Jews, […]

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Special Events

Meet Guy Mendilow Ensemble

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See Guy Mendilow Ensemble perform at Making Waves, Mayyim Hayyim’s annual benefit, on May 29.  Guy Mendilow Ensemble (GME) whisks audiences to distant times and picturesque places, conjuring voices lost to upheaval, and sparking personal connections with stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary moments of change. Adding such visceral dimensions to tales of the […]

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National Network

One Year, One Community at a Time

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network Over the last several months, the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network hosted multiple learning opportunities for our members. Most recently we held a “virtual workshop” on mikveh education led by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education at Mayyim Hayyim, and guest facilitator […]

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Special Events

Meet the Honorees: Jen Kaplan and Dr. Susie Tanchel

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On May 29th, Mayyim Hayyim’s annual benefit, Making Waves, will celebrate four dear friends and community leaders for their impact at Mayyim Hayyim and beyond.  Jen Kaplan and Dr. Susie Tanchel know the “hows” and “whys” of Mayyim Hayyim, as few people do. Jen grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts. After getting her degree in sociology from […]

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Special Events

Meet the Honorees: Judy and Rabbi Josh Elkin

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On May 29th, Mayyim Hayyim’s annual benefit, Making Waves, will celebrate four dear friends and community leaders for their impact at Mayyim Hayyim and beyond.  For two people whose careers have been defined by supporting others, it seems fitting that both Judy and Josh Elkin credit mentors and family members who led them to careers […]

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Shabbat and Holidays

All in a Day’s Preparation

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By Rachel Eisen, Director of Development Parshat Shemini begins with fire and brimstone, as the Mishkan (Tabernacle) is finally opened for its use in worshipping God in the desert. The opening, however, is marred by tragedy when Aaron’s two sons, Nadav and Avihu, offer a “strange” sacrifice and are punished by an internally-consuming fire as […]

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