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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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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Art Gallery and Education Center, Mikveh Guides

The Mikveh Guide Impact

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by Lisa Berman, Mikveh and Education Director Mayyim Hayyim’s Mikveh Guides are the face of our organization. They are solely responsible for the in-person experience of those who come to immerse. Entrusted with this sacred task, they rise to the occasion each day, shepherding guests through their visits beautifully. Each one is a volunteer — […]

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A group from a summer camp sits on the floor of the Mayyim Hayyim atrium during an education program
Art Gallery and Education Center, Youth

A Story in Three Programs

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by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education I’m going to try something new. I’m going to tell you a story about Mayyim Hayyim, only it hasn’t happened yet. It’s actually not even a story. It’s a list of three programs that I’m going to teach this week. By the time you are reading this, they’ll […]

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Art Gallery and Education Center, Youth

Mikveh Competition in Somerville?

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by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education The seventh graders of the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) are building a mikveh in Somerville. Or, to put it more precisely, a team of dedicated JCDS educators (in partnership with Mayyim Hayyim and others) created a week-long Learning Adventure that involved a hands-on education program at Mayyim […]

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Art Gallery and Education Center, Mikveh Guides

Let’s Hear it for the Guides

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by Lisa Berman, Mikveh and Education Director “Supervising and supporting Volunteer Mikveh Guides.” This is what is says in my job description. Sounds pretty straightforward. And, we have 85 active Mikveh Guides: 85 unique individuals who were trained 4 months to 14 years ago (with ongoing continuing education and weekly suggestions and tips to reinforce […]

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Art Gallery and Education Center, Youth

The Disappearing Mikveh

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by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education What makes any space Jewish in particular? Imagine an abandoned synagogue in Europe, now preserved for travelers and tourists. Is it a Jewish space if it isn’t being used for tefillah (prayer)? What about a ritual object? Is a kiddush cup really a kiddush cup if it is […]

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Art Gallery and Education Center, Youth

High School Seniors Talk Mikveh

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by Mike Fishbein Temple Israel of Boston and The Tent: A Jewish Learning Community for Greater Boston Teens at Temple Israel of Boston have brought our last four 12th grade classes to Mayyim Hayyim. The program occurs just before their graduation from our teen education community. These visits have been many things: highly successful educational […]

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Art Gallery and Education Center, Jewish Community

An Anonymous Affirmation

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At Mayyim Hayyim, we often receive feedback from visitors around the world who participated in one of our many education programs with Associate Director of Education, Leeza Negelev. We are pleased to share these thoughtful reflections from an Israeli teen with the Bronfman Fellowship. Dear Leeza, On behalf of myself and all of the Bronfman fellows, […]

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