A Mikveh in Tasmania

Posted on:

by Sofya Tamarkin My husband and I are eager travelers of far and remote places of world. Thus, we embarked on the cruise that started in Sidney, Australia and went to Tasmania and New Zealand. Just a few months before the journey I committed myself to the monthly visits to a mikveh. When I first […]

Continue Reading

Mikveh for Fifty

Posted on:

by Julie Dean We stood together with eager anticipation, a palpable electricity among us. Over fifty women from all walks of life, gathered around the indoor swimming pool in Albuquerque, NM, which was about to become our mikveh. The rabbi with us skillfully crafted our spiritual space, igniting our hearts with awareness of this ancient […]

Continue Reading

A Sephardic Soul and the Mikveh

Posted on:

by Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker Even though my family emigrated from Eastern Europe in the early 20th century, my father always said he felt that his soul was part Sephardic.  The music, the food, and the customs that evolved in the many countries Sephardim lived in were alluring to me, too.  I was so captivated that […]

Continue Reading

Diving into the Deep End

Posted on:

by Yasmine Moideen My earliest memory is of being carried on my aunt’s back in a small stream in southern India. I was 4 years old. My 3 aunts, wading in, with their colorful saris floating in the water, laughing, taking turns with me on their backs, making sure I was safe. My parents, brother, […]

Continue Reading

Israel’s Mikveh for Everyone

Posted on:

This month, our blog’s theme is mikva’ot from around the world. Mikveh is a ritual that spans centuries and continents; earlier this month we shared about a mikveh in Cuba, Uganda, and today we learn about the latest in mikveh news in Israel from Rabbi Dr. Haviva Ner-David. If you have a mikveh story from another corner […]

Continue Reading

A Pastor and a Rabbi go to a Mikveh in Uganda

Posted on:

This month, our blog’s theme is mikva’ot from around the world. Mikveh is a ritual that spans centuries and continents; earlier this month we shared Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker’s encounter with a mikveh in Cuba, and today we’re sharing Samantha Lakin’s trip to a mikveh in Uganda. Stay tuned for next week, when we share about a unique mikveh in Israel. If you […]

Continue Reading

The Former Soviet Union Off of I-287

Posted on:

by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education As a first-time presenter and participant at a recent Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union) I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I arrived with a friend to the enormous castle-style Sheraton in New Jersey, excited by the buzz of young Russian Jews setting up the hotel at a frenzied […]

Continue Reading

No Water in the Mikveh

Posted on:

By Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker I recently led a congregational mission to Cuba where, among many things, we visited an Orthodox synagogue in Havana.  One of the lay leaders, Ya’akov, spoke to our group about the synagogue’s history, its members, their services, and their practices.  In the chapel, tarnished Torah crowns adorned the bimah, and […]

Continue Reading

Disability Justice is a Jewish Issue

Posted on:

By Shari Zakim-Yacouby and Talya Sokoll Talya: One thing I’ve learned in my 30 years as a Jew is that there is no one right way to be Jewish. Although my experience of living a fulfilling Jewish life has been intrinsically intertwined with the communities I am part of, I feel so blessed to be […]

Continue Reading

Spotlight on Religion

Posted on:

by Lisa Berman, Mikveh and Education Director I saw the new movie, Spotlight, last weekend. I felt geographically required to, as I did with Black Mass. I root for the Pats and the Sox, and I go see the movies about Boston scandals (okay, and ones with Matt and Ben, too); it’s what we do. […]

Continue Reading

Thankful for the Trailblazers

Posted on:

by Rachel Eisen, Mayyim Hayyim Intern I remember a story my mother once told me. At the beginning of her career, my mother, who holds two doctoral degrees from an elite university, was accepted into a prestigious research fellowship in her field. But she turned this incredible opportunity down, because her would-be boss told her […]

Continue Reading