by Shira Cohen-Goldberg
Mayyim Hayyim hasn’t let a pandemic get in the way of building a more vibrant, inclusive Jewish community. In fact, even while its doors were closed, Mayyim Hayyim found a way to make mikveh open and accessible for everyone, including me.
Because of Mayyim Hayyim, I realized that I was not alone, even in a time of isolation and fear. That’s why I’m asking you to join me in making a donation to Mayyim Hayyim today.
I’ve been married for 10 years. Each month that I menstruated, I immersed at Mayyim Hayyim. When it closed in April, my monthly practice was canceled. I raged at how my life had changed, and how unfair and isolating it felt (and still does).
I wondered how I could continue to mark the end of my cycle. I asked rabbis and friends. I found what I was looking for in Mayyim Hayyim’s “Mikveh To Go” webinar, which helped me re-envision the ritual for myself.
With newfound knowledge and confidence, I found a local pond and went for it. I did not stay long in the water. I did not dunk three times, as is my tradition. But something inside me softened.
When I got out of the water, there were two messages on my phone: one from my eight-year-old, lamenting, “This is officially the worst night of my life,” and one from my husband saying, “You’re amazing, by the way.”
Mayyim Hayyim is making the hard things a little easier: helping design at-home rituals, teaching programs online, and making sure mikveh remains a source of meaning and holiness, even—especially—in a crisis.
The future is uncertain and Mayyim Hayyim still needs to raise $200,000 before the end of the year. Your gift will support Mayyim Hayyim’s virtual programs and help with the high costs of a safe reopening, so please—make a generous donation today.
Shira Cohen-Goldberg, Mayyim Hayyim Board Member