Mayyim Hayyim has worked hard to remain open in the safest way possible, and we look forward to welcoming you. The safety of our community is our top priority and with that in mind, we share these upgrades and new procedures, developed in partnership with infectious disease and legal experts, updated as of April 15, 2022. Please check this page for updates as we expect these protocols to vary over time as new information about the pandemic and its spread in Massachusetts becomes available. 

One of Mayyim Hayyim’s core values is petichut – openness and inclusivity – and we strive to provide as much access and availability as possible. We also know that in order to minimize risk at this timeMayyim Hayyim needs to operate in more restrictive ways than is typical for us. We thank you in advance for your partnership in keeping our community as safe as possible.

Screening

Upon arrival, all guests will be asked to attest that they are up to date with vaccinations for COVID-19, unless medically exempt or under the age of 5.  

Guests must also not: 

  • Have any new cold or flu-like symptoms 
  • Have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 10 days 
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days 

Those who are not able to immerse for the above reasons may reschedule their appointment according to the following: 

  • Guests who are not fully vaccinated: Upon full vaccination 
  • Guests who have new cold or flulike symptoms: Either (a) 10 days from the start of symptoms, or (b) following a negative PCR Covid test, assuming improved symptoms and no fever for 24 hours 
  • Guests who have been exposed to COVID-19: 10 symptom-free days after exposure 
  • Guests who have tested positive for COVID-19: 10 days after the start of symptoms or after your positive test (whichever was first), assuming improved symptoms and no fever for 24 hours 

Because immersing at the mikveh involves people taking off their masks, you might notice that some of our policies are more stringent than those advised by the CDC. If you would like to discuss a specific situation that you believe may warrant an exception to our requirements, please reach out to Elana Pollack, our Programs Manager of Immersions and Education at elanap@mayyimhayyim.org or 617-244-1836 x205.  

Scheduling

Those immersing at Mayyim Hayyim must schedule their own individual appointment in advance. 

Those immersing may bring up to ten additional guests with them. All those in the building (other than those who live in the same household) must remain at least three feet apart while at Mayyim Hayyim.

Masks

All those who enter Mayyim Hayyim who are above the age of two must wear a KN-95 or surgical grade medical mask, OR a cloth mask with a surgical grade medical mask on top. We are happy to provide you with one when you arrive if needed.  

Please contact us as exceptions can be made with advance notice for medical or other accessibility reasons.   

Cleaning and disinfecting

Touchless sanitizer dispensers are available in the building and all visitors will sanitize their hands upon entering. Volunteers will wash their hands thoroughly upon entering the building and between each guest and new signage is posted to help remind the community of proper hand washing procedures. 

Mayyim Hayyim conducts a deep clean each weekday, testing water levels and adding chemicals as needed.  

Guest experience

We welcome guests to prepare for their immersion on site.

Singing is permitted while masked. In addition, a CD player with Mayyim Hayyim’s Immersed CD and this mikveh playlist on Spotify are available for use. 

Credit card donations will be accepted via the check-in process described above, or via locked box onsite for other payment types.

Please note that other than personal water bottles, eating and drinking are not permitted indoors at this time. 

Conversions

At this time, beit din meetings are now welcome to take place on site.

Volunteer Mikveh Guides

Volunteer Mikveh Guides support our guests in whatever way is right for them. Each of our Mikveh Guides has completed a COVID-19 safety training including welcoming guests during the pandemic, cleaning and disinfection procedures, and our check-in and payment system. Mikveh Guides will be held to the same exposure and screening protocols as our guests.

As always, guests may choose (in consultation with their clergy, in the case of conversion) whether or not to have a Mikveh Guide witness their immersion.

Ventilation

Mayyim Hayyim’s HVAC company has thoroughly inspected and tested our systems and upgraded ventilation system filters to MERV-13 in order to meet the level recommended by ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers).

Tracking and reporting

Mayyim Hayyim respects the privacy, modesty, and confidentiality of those who come to immerse. In concert with the Jewish principle of pikuach nefesh, the belief that preserving human life takes precedence over most all other religious mandates, Mayyim Hayyim asks that anyone who receives a positive COVID-19 test result in the week following their visit to please contact us as soon as possible so that we can inform those who have been exposed.

Should you have further questions upon reviewing the above information, please email elanap@mayyimhayyim.org or call 617-244-1836, ext. 205.