Carrie Bornstein

A New Film from Mayyim Hayyim, Open Waters: Mikveh for Everybody

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by Carrie Bornstein Accessibility to people with disabilities has been a Mayyim Hayyim priority since the very beginning. Petichut – openness – is one of our guiding principles and it is part of everything we do: nobody is closed out of our education programs, art gallery, or immersion the mikveh itself. Now, in partnership with […]

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Carrie Bornstein, Special Events

Open Waters: A Huge Success

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by Carrie Bornstein What’s the best thing about a Mayyim Hayyim event aside from the event itself? The day after the event. Below is a selection of emails we received from you, our dedicated fan club, that started pouring in yesterday morning. Thank you for being at Open Waters, all 500 of you. Thank you […]

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Why My 7-Year-Old Asked To Go to the Mikveh

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by Carrie Bornstein (This post originally appeared on Kveller.com) Sometimes life has a funny way of working itself out. It’s not that things are so drastically different as an adult than how I imagined they’d be, but looking back, I’ve had a few surprises. When I was a little girl and people asked me what […]

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Freedom on the Other Side

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by Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director One morning at Mayyim Hayyim, the doorbell rang. I picked up on the intercom with my usual, “Hi, can I help you?” and was met with a nervous, “Hi… I, um… I wanted to get some information?” I slapped on my nametag and went downstairs to greet our guest. The […]

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A Film is Worth a Million Words

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by Carrie Bornstein If you know about the mikveh, you’re probably aware that there are any number of reasons why a person might feel, well, less than comfortable with the idea. Let’s be honest here – the mikveh is not our easiest of rituals. Some people have anxiety about water, or with nudity, for that […]

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There Must be Something in the Water

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by Carrie Bornstein Last week I had the fortune of teaching a group of undergrads at Harvard Hillel and we spent some time looking at texts on the power of water. In addition to the waters of creation when God separated the heaven from the waters of the earth, we also explored waters of destruction […]

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Asking, Asking, Asking

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by Carrie Bornstein As a parent of three young children, I am constantly fielding requests for things: Ima, can you buy me a Superman toy? When can I get a cell phone? Can I have a sleepover? Read me a story. Pick me up. I promise if you get me a dog I’ll take care of […]

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Standing on the Boundaries of Liminal Space

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by Carrie Bornstein liminal |ˈlimənl| adjective technical 1 of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process. 2 occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. I live in a world of liminal space. And not only because I work at a mikveh. The mikveh, of course, […]

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The Special Sauce of Innovation: A Decade in the Slingshot Guide

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by Carrie Bornstein It’s Slingshot release day – one of my favorites each year. Mayyim Hayyim is celebrating our inclusion in the guide once again as well as being featured in their supplement on Women and Girls. And this time around we’ve hit a special milestone: ten years in a row of being included in the guide. […]

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Just a Blessed, Holy, Magical, Energizing Experience

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by Carrie Bornstein One hundred eighty-one people have already scheduled an immersion at Mayyim Hayyim for the month of September. By the time the month is over, we’ll be pushing well into the two hundreds. Our guests are coming for all different reasons, of course, but more than anything now we’re seeing women, men, and […]

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Love is in the Air

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by Carrie Bornstein Today is Tu B’Av – the fifteenth day of the month of Av – a Jewish Valentine’s Day of sorts, when we mark a day of great joy on the Hebrew calendar. With our Jewish Cupid flying around (Jupid, anyone?), I’m sharing one of our sweetest stories with you, just to make […]

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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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