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 July 26, 2021. 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

All guests entering the building will be required to complete a verbal COVID-19 symptom and exposure screening upon entry. If any of the following apply for our guests or their household members/intimate partners, guests will need to either cancel their appointment or reschedule for a later date: 

  • COVID-19 symptoms within past 14 days (chills, fever above 100.4 degrees, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, reduced or distorted loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, vomiting)
  • Contact/exposure with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, if unvaccinated
  • Current evaluation for COVID-19 with a test pending or scheduled, positive diagnosis within the past 14 days, or request to quarantine/isolate by doctor or public health official within past 10 days

No one may enter Mayyim Hayyim with Covid-like symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.

All guests entering Mayyim Hayyim must check in either prior to entering the building via webform sent in their check-in email, or on-site upon entering the building.

Scheduling

Those immersing at Mayyim Hayyim must schedule their own individual appointment in advance. Everyone entering the building (those immersing, their guests, or clergy) must check in either via webform prior to their appointment or when they arrive at Mayyim Hayyim.

Mayyim Hayyim’s reopening will take a phased approach and appointments will be available on a limited basis, no more than one per hour, which can now be self-scheduled on our website. 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.

Cleaning and disinfecting

Masks are required for guests entering the building; please contact us aexceptions can be made with advance notice for medical or other accessibility reasons.  

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

The preparation process is an important part of immersing in the mikveh to connect the physical with the mental, emotional, and spiritual. Currently all physical preparation must take place at home prior to arrival; we encourage you to use Mayyim Hayyim’s Seven Kavanot (intentions) for Mikveh Preparation as a guide to help you slow down, center, and be present in the moment. Preparation rooms at Mayyim Hayyim will only be used for changing in and out of clothing. 

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

All beit din meetings will take place offsite prior to appointments for conversion at Mayyim Hayyim. 

For those interested in using an immersion gift certificate for their visit, Mayyim Hayyim is now extending all expiration dates by one year for any immersion gift certificates currently set to expire between March and December of 2020. 

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 contactless check-in and payment system. Mikveh Guides will be held to the same exposure and screening protocols as our guests and will adhere to MA recommendations regarding travel from other states, as relevant.

As always, guests may choose (in consultation with their clergy, in the case of conversion) whether or not to have a Mikveh Guide present during 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 will participate in contact tracing through Massachusetts’ Community Tracing Collaborative and we ask that anyone who receives a positive COVID-19 test result in the week following their visit to please contact us as soon as possible.

Should you have further questions upon reviewing the above information, please email immersions@mayyimhayyim.org or call 617-244-1836, ext. 203.