by Carrie Bornstein

One hundred eighty-one people have already scheduled an immersion at Mayyim Hayyim for the month of September. By the time the month is over, we’ll be pushing well into the two hundreds. Our guests are coming for all different reasons, of course, but more than anything now we’re seeing women, men, and even children coming in to get ready for the New Year.Pre-Shabbat Immersion, faher and son photo by Rebecca Sher (1)

Ten years ago, for our first High Holiday season, 137 people came during the same time period. That’s about a fifty percent increase from where we started. Word has spread, and more and more people are looking for something – a moment… time and space… maybe even a song while they’re here – to get themselves ready.

So what’s this all about?

Here are some words from this year’s visitors:

“I came to bless my body for an upcoming stem cell donation that I’m giving, my first time at Mayyim Hayyim. Just a blessed, holy, magical, energizing experience and a transformative way to mark the upcoming New Year and other life changes. So much thanks to my amazing friend and Mikveh Guide, Salem, for holding this space for me.” –J.G.

Shanah tovah u’metukah – a sweet and happy New Year!” To a year of more sweetness all over this planet. May we all realize our potential and contribute to the reality of what is possible for each of us to achieve as individuals and collectively.” –L.G.

“My third New Year here – and it’s as renewing as ever.” – S.P.

“It was a beautiful and sweet experience of healing and teshuvah – repentance – as we enter the Days of Awe. Thank you for building such a beautiful mikveh and all your work to keep it going.” – S.C.

“Did not want to get out. I’m ready for the new year (I hope).” – D.K.

“My first New Year’s immersion was a beautiful experience. I hope for a sweet year ahead. I feel truly blessed.” – L.N.

“Thank you for maintaining this sacred sanctuary.” – B.L.

Haven’t made your appointment yet? We’re here for you, when you’re ready.

Say ‘you’re welcome’ to all those who continue to thank us by making a gift to Mayyim Hayyim for the New Year.

Carrie Bornstein is Mayyim Hayyim’s Executive Director.