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Mikveh Guides

Glow of Appreciation

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by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education Every year, Mayyim Hayyim offers our hard-working Mikveh Guides a small token of our gratitude by hosting an evening of Mikveh Guide Appreciation. The event is often held at a board member’s home and the night is always filled with shmoozing, champagne, dessert, and some kind of learning […]

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Mikveh Guides

Let Me Get That for You!

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by Rachel Eisen, Director of Development and Acting Executive Director “Let me get that for you!” I had, as I am wont to do, dropped something. I was walking out of a meeting I’d had in Mayyim Hayyim’s Beit Din room. I was heading upstairs to my desk, and I was carrying two notebooks, a […]

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Life Transitions

Can I Ask You a Favor?!

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by Molly Goldmeier, Intern I received a text message from a friend last week asking for a “huge-next-level-favor.” When you get a message like that, you never know what you’re getting yourself into. It turns out she wanted my help driving a U-Haul truck from Cambridge to pick up some heavy furniture from her childhood […]

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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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