First Time in the Water

by Patti Grossman

Today, for the first time, I will immerse in the mikveh at Mayyim Hayyim. There have been many times in the past when I considered immersing, but I never did. Big birthdays, marriages of our children, the births of four grandchildren, anniversaries.

Like most of us, I think, many of the exquisite experiences I have had in my life were not planned by me – they were not intentional. I did not make an appointment for them to occur. I was in the right place at the right time. Coincidence or good fortune? Perhaps.

But today, I decided, I will be purposeful. I will express my gratitude for my life, for my family, for good health in a spiritual place. Mayyim Hayyim meets my need in a reflective, quiet, beautiful space, aided by caring volunteers who will help usher me to the spiritual space in which I want to be.

Patti Grossman has been an active volunteer at Mayyim Hayyim since the beginning, she is a long-serving member of the board of directors and the current treasurer of Mayyim Hayyim. In addition to working as a manager at a large orthopedic practice in Newton, Patti is a member of the National Board of Women of Reform Judaism, a Vice President at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham and a former Board member of the New England Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and of Needham HadassahPatti will be honored along with her husband Louis Grossman, and Rabbi Leslie Gordon on Sunday, November 18th at Tapestry: Choosing a Jewish Life for her work to make Mayyim Hayyim a leader in creating a welcoming and inclusive Judaism.


  • Mayyim Hayyim currently has limited availability for immersions while we undergo construction to repair damage incurred to the building following the extreme cold on February 4. We will be updating this page periodically with new information. To support our repairs, click here to donate.