National Network

Bodies of Water: Body Positivity and Mikveh

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of the Rising Tide Mikveh Network Last week I traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit the Adas Israel Community Mikvah and while there, I participated in their Bodies of Water program. As one of our partners in developing our Rising Tide Mikveh Network, I’d heard about their work around body positivity […]

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National Network

Networking for a Better Jewish Future

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of Rising Tide Mikveh Network A few weeks ago I traveled to Baltimore with two of my Mayyim Hayyim colleagues to attend the Kenissa: Communities of Meaning Network gathering. The trip gave us the opportunity to connect with Jewish leaders who are working to create “communities of meaning,” defined by Kenissa […]

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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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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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A Place for Everything

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by Rabbi Jenny Solomon Where is your “happy place?”  Some people picture themselves on a sunlit beach.  Others have a favorite niche in their homes.  Still others conjure up a vacation destination that holds warm memories and sacred traditions.  But what if your “happy place” was also your “sad place,”  your “worried place,”  your “gratitude […]

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Harvesting the Power of Mikveh

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by Naomi Malka There is so much sechel, or wisdom, in the Jewish calendar. I love that our year ends with the conclusion of summer and the entry of fall.  We’ve celebrated, davenned, and fasted, but this week we’re taking the party outdoors.  Sukkot recalls the harvest season in ancient Israel, when the land was so […]

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Ad Me’ah V’Esrim! (Until 120!): Reflections on reaching the 1st Birthday of Libi Eir Awakened Heart Community Mikveh at Beth Meyer Synagogue

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By Rabbi Jenny Solomon Shehehiyanu, v’kiyamanu, v’higiyanu lazman ha’zeh!  (Thank you, God, for giving us life, sustaining us, and enabling us to reach this day!)  It is almost unfathomable to me that just a year ago we opened our doors and our waters to the Jewish community.  Living in a relatively small Jewish community in […]

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