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Jewish Community, Shabbat and Holidays

From guest to CEO

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September 2023 / Elul 5783 Dear friend, As we embrace the season of reflection and renewal, I’m thinking about my own experience with Jewish ritual, like mikveh. Mikveh has been there to help me grow and change. It is here for so many of you at times of celebration, healing, and transition. I became Mayyim Hayyim’s […]

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Marriage and Relationships, National Network

Mikveh Magic

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Originally published by Jewish Women of Words, re-posted with permission by Karen Paul I strip off my clothes, step into the shower, scrub my skin raw. Nothing can sit on the surface of my body as I walk towards the mikveh – not jewellery, not contact lenses, not nail polish. I must be as clean […]

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Healing, National Network

Mikveh Can Support Us

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by Pamela Rosenblum I experienced my first mikveh immersion 25 years ago when I became a member of the Jewish People. It felt profound and transformational. It was many years before I had the opportunity to immerse again when, prior to the high holidays, my Rabbi introduced a small group of women to ImmerseNYC, a […]

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Introducing Mayyim Hayyim’s Next CEO

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June 2023 / Tamuz 5783 Dear friend, On behalf of the Board of Directors of Mayyim Hayyim, I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Julie Childers as Mayyim Hayyim’s next Chief Executive Officer. Following a search process led by a committee of board members and community partners, the Board voted unanimously to select Julie for this role. […]

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Carrie Bornstein

As I prepare to step down as CEO…

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May 2023 / Iyar 5783 Dear friend,This Mother’s Day, I’m thinking about my role as a parent and reflecting on my surrogacy in 2017. It was an experience filled with many wonders and unknowns. That year I marked half a decade leading Mayyim Hayyim. In those years and the many before them as a staff member and Mikveh Guide, I […]

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World Water Day 2023: Impromptu Open Water Mikveh

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by Erica Riddick  I came up, breaking the surface of the water, and opened my eyes. Fresh lake water droplets melded with my saltwater tears. So many things colliding together at once burst forth as a geyser of emotion. I had entered the water in Saugatuck, Michigan with the intention of marking a transition toward […]

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National Network

From Mikveh Witness to Mikveh Author

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By Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker  My connection to mikveh is nearly as old as Mayyim Hayyim itself.   Eighteen years ago, I was in Boston visiting family. My sister-in-law, who was then a Mayyim Hayyim board member, asked me to go to the mikveh with her as she marked a miscarriage – sadly one of many. […]

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You Keep Us Afloat

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by Molly Kazan, Development Manager We’re really into water and its whole shtick over here.   We exist because of water. We know all about its properties, we cherish its power, and we revel in its potential. Closing our doors this month because of water damage has been such a blow to our hearts.    The bright […]

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Important news about Mayyim Hayyim’s leadership

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Dear Friend, I am writing to share important and bittersweet news with you. After fifteen years on staff and nearly eleven years serving as CEO of Mayyim Hayyim, Carrie Bornstein has decided to step down from that role in summer 2023. Since 2006, Carrie has been a pillar of the Mayyim Hayyim community, first as […]

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Where I went to mourn my miscarriage

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December 2022 / Kislev 5783 Dear friend, A few months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, I opened my email to find this message: “Mayyim Hayyim will always be a safe place to mark an abortion, whatever the circumstances. Many in our community are righteously angry and ready to fight for our rights.”  This blew […]

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Youth

From Hesitation to Connection: A Beneath the Surface Story 

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By Grace Sokolow When I was twelve years old, I played soccer year-round, listened obsessively to Bruno Mars, and thought that a three-page paper was a long assignment. The last thing I wanted to do on a Sunday afternoon was something Jewish. Weren’t Hebrew school and Bat Mitzvah tutoring enough?  But my Rabbi recommended a […]

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I got out of the mikveh and realized…

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Tishrei 5783 / October 2022   Dear friend, My group of friends has a history of going on mikveh adventures. Once it was skinny dipping in a river before Shabbat. Another time it was in a cave in Israel. Most recently, my friend, Moises, invited us to join him at Mayyim Hayyim a few days before […]

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