Cancer, Healing, National Network

I became a cancer survivor at the mikveh

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by Rachel Hillman I first immersed at Mayyim Hayyim in September 2019, but my relationship with the mikveh in Newton began in Washington, DC five years earlier. I want you to understand how your support for Mayyim Hayyim touches lives far beyond Boston. I was 28 years old and undergoing treatment for breast cancer. After seven […]

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National Network

One Year, One Community at a Time

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network Over the last several months, the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network hosted multiple learning opportunities for our members. Most recently we held a “virtual workshop” on mikveh education led by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education at Mayyim Hayyim, and guest facilitator […]

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National Network

Making Mikveh Possible

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of The Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network “I feel like a mikveh in our community is possible now.” Over the last year and half, as the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network has grown from vision to reality—with 24 member communities to date and with continued growth on the horizon—I hear […]

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National Network

What Does Learning Look Like with Rising Tide?

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of The Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network One of the values of the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network is tz’micha / growth. To us, this means being committed to growth and to the process of continuous learning; individually, as organizations, and as communities. Earlier this month Rising Tide hosted […]

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National Network, Special Events

A Meeting of Mikveh Minds

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of The Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network Imagine a bonfire in mid-August: a little bit muggy and damp, the smell of wood burning and bug spray, mixed with a hint of melting marshmallows and chocolate. While for many of us this might bring to mind memories of camp season or […]

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National Network

We Need Mikveh, and Mikveh Needs You

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of The Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network I don’t know about you, but I want to live in a world where a mikveh is part of every Jewish community. The Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network is bringing what was once a distant dream to life. Through our growing network […]

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National Network

You are Welcome (At the Mikveh)

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by Amber Caulkins, Director, Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network Recently, I have been thinking a lot about what makes a mikveh welcoming: a place that invites you in, makes you feel that you belong, and gives you the space to have a meaningful experience. These thoughts haven’t emerged out of the blue, of course. […]

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National Network

Telling your Mikveh Story

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by Amber Caulkins, Director of Rising Tide Mikveh Network Telling my own story can be a challenge. I love to tell other people’s stories (I studied journalism in undergrad, after all), but sharing what has been most meaningful in my own life takes practice. Fortunately, working at Mayyim Hayyim to support the development of our […]

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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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