Carrie Bornstein

I’m Here to Spoil You Rotten

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by Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director “Just raise your hand if you need an extra blanket,” my restorative yoga teacher said slowly, “or another block, or maybe some hands-on support. I’m here to spoil you rotten tonight, if there’s anything at all that you need.” “What would you like to order? Let’s start here: What do […]

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Carrie Bornstein

A Decade on the Job and the Days and Years Ahead

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by Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director Exactly ten years ago this week, I walked in to Mayyim Hayyim for my first day on the job. I was hired to be the Mikveh Center Director, the organization’s first full-time professional other than Aliza Kline, the founding director. My hair was a lot longer, I’d been a mother for […]

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Carrie Bornstein, Healing

#metoo

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by Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director The last time I wrote for this blog I was preparing to deliver a baby as a gestational surrogate, for a Jewish couple from London. So, yeah… that happened. On September 28, 2017 I delivered a 6 lb., 10 oz. baby girl – you can read the whole birth story […]

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A New Life for the New Year

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by Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director Mayyim Hayyim is the home of new beginnings. After ten years of working at Mayyim Hayyim, I’ve seen a lot of joyful celebration. But I’ve seen a great deal of heartache, too: couples mourning miscarriage, grieving after stillbirth, weeping after failed IVF cycles, immersing month after month, trying to conceive. […]

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A Glimpse of What’s to Come

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by Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director When Mayyim Hayyim was born in 2001, the world was a very different place. The internet certainly was, too. Most Americans, in fact, didn’t even have internet access and if they did, they connected via dial-up. (Go ahead and click here to relive the memories.) Mayyim Hayyim launched its very […]

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Creating the World We Want to See

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by Carrie Bornstein Last week, Carrie shared these words as she was honored at Mayyim Hayyim’s spring benefit, Soul/Life/Cycle: My first job interview at Mayyim Hayyim was exactly ten years ago this Thursday; less than 48 hours before Eliana was born. At the time I couldn’t decide how I felt about doing a 9th month […]

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No Time to Blog – Soul/Life/Cycle is Tonight!

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by Lori Kramer, Office Manager It has been a crazy few weeks leading up to our Soul/Life/Cycle event tonight! We are so excited to present the Nachshon award to Elisha and Sam Gechter whose story of healing and immersion has touched us all, and we are so proud to honor our very own Executive Director, Carrie Bornstein, […]

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Can you feel the love?

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by Rachel Eisen, Director of Annual Giving I wish you could see my inbox right now. Actually, my inbox is totally nuts, so I shouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy, but I wish you could feel what my inbox is feeling right now, because it’s feeling a whole lotta love. Love for three really […]

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A National Network of Mikva’ot is Born

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by Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director Since before Mayyim Hayyim opened, we’ve gotten requests to share our model with other communities. We’ve offered individualized consultations, hosted international conferences, trainings, and a blog, developed curricula and immersion ceremonies, and created short documentary films that celebrate how the mikveh (of all things!) can be a place where people […]

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Working Moms Behind the Mikveh

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by Lori Kramer, Office Manager This last week has literally been my own version of a Perfect Storm. I juggle four kids (3 teens and a 7-year old who thinks she is a teenager), a very long commute, a cake and ice cream shop that my husband and I own, and my meaningful work at […]

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There’s No I in Uterus

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By Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director  Life has been a little busy lately. For all the normal reasons, yes. And, there are some other reasons, too. Mayyim Hayyim has a funny way of having an impact on people, myself included. So I want to share with you some of what’s keeping me busy lately, in the […]

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We’re Shakin’ Things Up in 2017

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by Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director One year ago I wrote a post, Six Reasons I’m Psyched for 2016. It’s gratifying to reflect on it, and to see the things I imagined then right in front of me now. The Mayyim Hayyim team of staff, volunteers, and supporters has done an outstanding job of making it […]

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