Potpourri

Hope Lives Here

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by Leah Robbins, Administrative and Marketing Assistant I hate to sound like a nihilist, but we are living in a profoundly uninspiring moment – a bleak and unyielding cycle of shock and sadness. In an even more inverted universe, I’m finding my workplace, of all places, to be the only oasis of joy. In the […]

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Special Events

A Dream Mikveh – 3 Years Later

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Sheri Gurock has served as President of the Mayyim Hayyim Board since January 2016. We will honor her integrity, fierce passion, and devotion to innovative Jewish life at Coming Up for Air on May 24 at 6:00PM. Join us for mikveh stories and circus arts as we celebrate Sheri and her husband, Eli, and Idit […]

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National Network

You are Welcome (At the Mikveh)

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by Amber Caulkins, Director, Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network Recently, I have been thinking a lot about what makes a mikveh welcoming: a place that invites you in, makes you feel that you belong, and gives you the space to have a meaningful experience. These thoughts haven’t emerged out of the blue, of course. […]

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Men, Shabbat and Holidays

Shavuot Reflections – Revisited

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As we prepare for the upcoming holiday of Shavuot, we wanted to re-share this post reflecting on the relationship between Mount Sinai, marriage, and mikveh. Join us May 19 at 8:00PM at the Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot for dramaturgy and discussion with Associate Director of Education, Leeza Negelev. Originally posted May 25, 2012 by Rabbi David […]

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Special Events

Taking in New Air

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by Rachel Eisen, Director of Annual Giving What does it mean to come up for air? What does it mean to breathe deeply, to take time to be refreshed and rejuvenated, so that you can give of yourself to create a better a world? That’s the side of Mayyim Hayyim we’ll be exploring and celebrating […]

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Life Transitions, Men

A Post-Tufts Tevilah

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As graduation day nears, we invite you to consider immersion as a way to appreciate your journey to this milestone. An immersion gift certificate also makes a thoughtful gift for graduates. Originally posted June 21, 2017 by Andrew Wofford When my Rabbi suggested that I immerse in the mikveh to mark my graduation from college, I was rather confused […]

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Carrie Bornstein, Fertility

There’s No I in Uterus

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In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, we are reminded of Carrie’s brave decision to help a Jewish couple begin their family by becoming a gestational surrogate. Enjoy a glimpse into her journey and keep your eyes open for Mayyim Hayyim’s Fertility Journeys: A Jewish Healing Guide – coming soon! By Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director  Life […]

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Marriage and Relationships, Men, Niddah

Date Night

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by Naomi Baine My husband and I go to the mikveh together. It may not be common, but for us, it’s great. Here’s why. We observe niddah, the practice of abstaining from sexual intimacy around the time of menstruation. The Torah forbids men from being intimate with women in a state of menstrual impurity (Leviticus […]

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Special Events

Leaders, Friends, Honorees

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On May 24, Mayyim Hayyim’s Coming Up for Air will celebrate three leaders whose boundless energy and innovative thinking keep us on the growing edge of the Jewish world. We are grateful for their partnership in helping make Mayyim Hayyim and the greater Jewish community warm and welcoming. Sheri and Eli Gurock met in nursery school […]

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Healing, Shabbat and Holidays

Birthday Cake

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by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education Last August, my family and I broke our Aunt Ria out of the nursing home to celebrate her 90th birthday. We took her to a nearby park, where we set out a feast of Russian food and regaled her with songs and stories. When it came time to […]

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Cancer, Healing

Finding God in the Mikveh

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by Gail Sacco I am a 64-year-old Conservative Jew, and I love that being Jewish means I have the opportunity to continually learn and enrich my life. In 2010, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy and radiation because the cells were primarily in situ, meaning they were just beginning to […]

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