Mayyim Hayyim is closed for immersions during this time of pandemic. Based on the Jewish principle of pikuach nefesh, the belief that preserving human life takes precedence over most all other religious mandates, we are avoiding the possibility that one of our guests, volunteers, or staff members could contract the virus. Mayyim Hayyim’s commitment to k’lal Yisrael – our responsibility for one another – requires us to do everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Although we cannot welcome our community for immersions at this time we offer our Seven Kavanot for Mikveh Preparation to use alongside these alternatives to visiting Mayyim Hayyim:

  • Here is a list of other mikva’ot in the Boston area. You may wish to inquire about their policies regarding your visit.
  • Some natural bodies of water are considered a kosher mikveh. Information from The World Health Organization about water and COVID-19 can be found here.
  • Rabbis Aviva Richman and Ethan Tucker of the Hadar Institute have shared that in extenuating circumstances, there is Jewish legal potential that supports showering as an alternative to immersion in a mikveh, depending on the municipal water system. For more information on this approach, they welcome your questions at richman@hadar.org and tucker@hadar.org.
  • The Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement shares information about mikveh and the use of bathtubs and showers here.
  • Use one of Mayyim Hayyim’s handwashing ceremonies on its own or in combination with any of our mikveh immersion ceremonies.

Please continue to check this page over time as we add resources about other ways to bring the mindfulness of the Mayyim Hayyim experience home with you.