Youth

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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Bounty and Despair: Hoshiah na

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by Shira M. Cohen-Goldberg This has been a hard year. At this time last year my heart was a well of despair. Some of you may have read about how I emerged from having a miscarriage at 12 weeks gestation last year on this blog. Writing that post was extremely healing for me. Many of you reached […]

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A Phone Call I Won't Forget

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by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education Several weeks ago I walked into work, dropped my bag at the side of my desk, and settled into my chair. My mind was calm, before the clutter of a to-do list had touched it, when the phone rang. On the other line was Jeanne, a mother of […]

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A Different Kind of Question

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by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education At the ripe age of ten, I recall being fairly convinced that by the time I hit twenty-eight, I would possess that special realization about the world that I’d clearly been missing. What realization exactly? After observing the people I love grappling with finances, religion and language barriers, my ten-year-old self was […]

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Discovering Ritual for my Children

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by Sherri Goldman, Administrative and Finance Director I wrote recently about my children at the mikveh. It was a story of hope that my children know Mayyim Hayyim is a place where they are welcome and immersion is an option in their lives. Coming from a non-traditional religious background, immersion was not part of my […]

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Empowering 6th Grade Girls, One Program at a Time

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by Jody Comins, Development and Events Coordinator Last Sunday, I had a glimpse into one of the many amazing programs that happen here at Mayyim Hayyim, when my younger daughter came with her Rosh Hodesh, It’s a Girl Thing group to the mikveh. My daughter, Elizabeth, and the other girls in the group are from […]

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It’s Getting Better All the Time

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by Lisa Berman, Director of Education Remember the Beatles song? “I used to get mad at my school The teachers who taught me weren’t cool  You’re holding me down, turning me round Filling me up with your rules. It’s getting better all the time Better, better, better…” Here at Mayyim Hayyim we are big believers […]

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My Children at the Mikveh

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by Sherri Goldman, Administration and Finance Director When I was growing up I didn’t know about mikveh. Mikveh just wasn’t a tradition in my Reform Jewish family. Even my Bubbe (Yiddish for Grandmother), who was raised Orthodox and moved to the United States from Ukraine in the 1930’s, never spoke about mikveh. I remember her […]

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A Tree in the Forest and a Girl in the Mikveh

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by Carrie Bornstein It’s been just over a year since I brought my 5-year old to the mikveh to prepare for becoming a double big sister.  Three weeks after that immersion, Jonah was born and our family adjusted to its new addition. The experience Ellie and I shared was powerful and I am grateful that […]

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A View From Beneath the Surface

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by Hope Suttin Late last year, my youngest daughter, Liana, and I spent three Sunday afternoons at Mayyim Hayyim participating in their Beneath the Surface class for Bat Mitzvah girls and their mothers.  We joined on a friend’s recommendation and had no expectations. I had attended several fundraisers for Mayyim Hayyim over the years, but […]

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Listening

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By Lisa Berman, Director of Education I’ve been thinking a lot lately about listening. It began as my colleague, Rabbi Sarah Tasman, and I worked to create a new program here at Mayyim Hayyim for moms and 8/9th grade daughters. Inspired by our successful bat mitzvah mother-daughter program, Beneath the Surface, we wanted to design two Sunday […]

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