A Different Kind of Question

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by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education At the ripe age of ten, I recall being fairly convinced that by the time I hit twenty-eight, I would possess that special realization about the world that I’d clearly been missing. What realization exactly? After observing the people I love grappling with finances, religion and language barriers, my ten-year-old self was […]

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Who Are Your Teachers?

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By Lisa Berman, Mikveh and Education Director Have you ever thought about all the teachers you’ve had in your life? Can you imagine what you would be without them? Do you remember your kindergarten teacher? First grade? My first grade teacher was Mrs. Rowbottom. Yup, Rowbottom. She ate her triangular sandwich quarters by wrapping them […]

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Infinite Vessels

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by Donna Leventhal “Vessels: Containing Possibilities,” now in the Mayyim Hayyim Gallery, emerged from the concept of the mikveh itself as a sacred vessel. Mikveh defines and creates a sacred space that is both physical and spiritual. The individual’s experience in the space is concentrated, intense, and multidimensional. As a person immerses, the water is […]

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Mikveh → Tikvah

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by Carrie Bornstein The world feels like an ugly place right now. We can’t escape the reality – all throughout the internet, on the news, on the radio, in conversations with friends – that our world is a highly imperfect place. We are in the lowest time of our liturgical year too. These weeks between […]

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Impact

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by Carrie Bornstein Last week, Cindy shared how she found meaning at Mayyim Hayyim in 2004 after being turned away from her local mikveh when she told them she’d be marrying another woman. I was inspired by her words – but what struck me more was her willingness to give Mayyim Hayyim a chance when she so […]

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Empowering 6th Grade Girls, One Program at a Time

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by Jody Comins, Development and Events Coordinator Last Sunday, I had a glimpse into one of the many amazing programs that happen here at Mayyim Hayyim, when my younger daughter came with her Rosh Hodesh, It’s a Girl Thing group to the mikveh. My daughter, Elizabeth, and the other girls in the group are from […]

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It’s Getting Better All the Time

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by Lisa Berman, Director of Education Remember the Beatles song? “I used to get mad at my school The teachers who taught me weren’t cool  You’re holding me down, turning me round Filling me up with your rules. It’s getting better all the time Better, better, better…” Here at Mayyim Hayyim we are big believers […]

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Oh to be a fly on the wall…

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By Lisa Berman, Mayyim Hayyim Director of Education I have the best job. Great colleagues, inspiring mission, on-site laundry facilities, six bathrooms for seven staff members… But the students are the best part by far. About 100 times each year we look out the front windows and see a group of learners trooping down our path, peering […]

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A View From Beneath the Surface

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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 the years, but […]

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Behind the Scenes with Rabbi Sarah Tasman

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by Rabbi Sarah Tasman this piece was originally published on Rabbi Tasman’s blog with her permission to republish Those of you who have watched the beautiful video for the Beneath the Surface program at Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center or who have participated in the program know how amazing it is. If […]

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Going Beneath the Surface – A New Film about Mothers, Daughters, and Bat Mitzvah

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Welcome to the premier of Beneath the Surface, Mayyim Hayyim’s new film about deepening mother-daughter relationships during the memorable yet challenging time leading up to a family’s bat mitzvah celebration. With support from the Boston Jewish Community Women’s Fund, filmmaker Jen Kaplan has created an inspiring and poignant portrait of girls and moms that brings […]

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