"Being a Mikveh Guide elicits the best in me. In this role, I am my most patient, nurturing, helpful, instructive self."
Gail, Mikveh Guide since 2004
There are many ways to volunteer at Mayyim Hayyim. Professionals with special skills in law, public relations, human resources, social media, and finance provide pro-bono assistance to the staff and board. Artists and gallery owners act as curators for our art gallery. Please let us know how you’d like to become involved.
In addition, Mayyim Hayyim has developed two important and meaningful roles for volunteers: Mikveh Guides and Mikveh Educators.
Volunteer leaders provide support and advice to Mayyim Hayyim staff through the Board of Directors and various committees. We are always seeking new volunteers to join our committees, especially our development (fundraising) committee, budget & finance committee, and personnel advisory committee. We also seek support from those with expertise in education, building & grounds maintenance, and network building to support in advisory roles. If you are interested in getting involved at Mayyim Hayyim, please reach out.
Volunteer Mikveh Guides are the public face of Mayyim Hayyim. They support our guests as informal educators and tour guides, answer the phone, provide information and advice about immersion, and do loads of “holy laundry.” Mikveh Guides are carefully selected and trained to do all of this and when asked, serve as witnesses for immersion, a moment of transition and vulnerability.
Nearly 200 people have been trained as Mikveh Guides at Mayyim Hayyim. Ask any of them and they will tell you that theirs is the most fulfilling volunteer opportunity in the Jewish community. And we always need more Guides to support our many guests each year. Are you or someone you know a future Mikveh Guide? Learn more and register for Seven Steps, our online Mikveh Guide training.
Some Mikveh Guides choose to expand their volunteer experience by participating in additional training to become Mikveh Educators. This training takes place after the completion of the Mikveh Guide training. Mikveh Educators lead programs for individuals and groups including sisterhoods and brotherhoods, Hebrew school and Jewish day school classes, and more. Educators teach about mikveh and Mayyim Hayyim by leading tours, answering questions, teaching classes, and helping visitors discover how they can connect to mikveh personally – for themselves, their family, and friends.