Carrie Bornstein

Flab, Jiggles, and Back-Fat: Learning to Love my Post-Partum Body

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by Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director There’s nothing that lowers one’s body image quite like giving birth. Within a matter of hours, I felt like my body went from its cutest, most beautiful form to its least attractive possible form. I know that it’s a good problem to have – many woman with fertility issues would […]

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Thank You, God, For Life and Babies

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by Carrie Bornstein My five-year old has been asking for a while if she can go swimming where I work. She loves Mayyim Hayyim, which is probably not entirely unrelated to the never-ending supply of animal crackers and pretzels. In the past few months her requests have gotten more frequent. So I engaged her in […]

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Leaning In: On Leadership, Babies, and Making it Work

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by Carrie Bornstein I never thought I was making a statement. And yet, as I watched Makers: Women Who Make America on PBS a few weeks ago, I was blown away. If you didn’t see it, Makers tells the story of women “asserting their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic […]

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Sunday, Monday… Happy Days: A Trivia Contest For All

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by Carrie Bornstein Today is (and yesterday was, too) Rosh Chodesh Adar – the first days of the month of Adar.  Adar: the month on the Hebrew calendar that brings us Purim, which I take very, very seriously.  When Adar comes we are meant to increase our joy – a command for happiness! In case […]

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Be Like a Duck

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by Laura Seide, Intern It is now halfway through my year-long internship here at Mayyim Hayyim, and I have a confession to make: I have a crush on Carrie Bornstein. Though all the staff at Mayyim Hayyim are amazing, strong and intelligent women, who are fantastic role models as both professionals and community members, there’s […]

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The Mikveh: It’s JUST Like Nordstom’s

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by Carrie Bornstein I have a confession to make, right up front. I’ve never been to Nordstrom’s. But from what I’ve heard, I imagine it to be the Mecca of department stores.  (Okay, I’ve never been to Mecca, either, so let me quit while I’m ahead.) The image I have of Nordstrom’s is of bright lights, clean displays, […]

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In Case You Missed It…

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by Carrie Bornstein As we approach the end of 2012, I can’t help but engage in a little year-in-review.  (Hmm… it just happens to be grant report season too.  Coincidence?) In any event, for a social media nerd like me, I never pass up an opportunity to enjoy all the statistics that WordPress offers me […]

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The Energy in the Room

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Written by Carrie Bornstein In less than one week, 500 people will gather to honor Rabbi Leslie Gordon and Patti and Louis Grossman.  We will enjoy food and wine from around the world, hear Women of the World’s lively music, view Anita Diamant and Janet Buchwald’s newest theatrical performance, plus other surprises. I can already […]

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Trust in Transition: The Story of Mayyim Hayyim’s Recent Executive Transition

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By Carrie Bornstein and Aliza Kline This article was originally published by eJewishPhilanthrophy.  [The recent leadership transition at Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center can be instructive to other organizations in transition especially those who face the change from start up to “second stage.” Now eleven years old, Mayyim Hayyim was envisioned by […]

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"Mar" Cheshvan

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by Carrie Bornstein We made it. October 10; a.k.a. the 24th of the Jewish month of Tishrei; a.k.a. the first day in three-and-a-half weeks we are no longer in the midst of “the holidays.”  Phew. In one week we begin the month of Cheshvan, a.k.a. “Mar Cheshvan,” or the bitter month of Cheshvan; bitter because it […]

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Sticky Fingers

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by Carrie Bornstein Today is one of my favorite days of the year at Mayyim Hayyim: the day we put the honey sticks next to our front door in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah.  Usually I hold off – waiting until the world’s birthday arrives to reunite my apple with its honey.  But today… let’s just […]

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Growing Up Without Starting Over

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By Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director  Outgoing voicemail message re-recorded: check. Email signature reflecting new title: check. Business cards, name tag: check, check. Facebook status updated for first day on the job… now it must be real. The number one question I’ve received recently is, “So, what’s next for Mayyim Hayyim?  Are you going to make […]

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