At the Water’s Edge: Middle School Lesson Plans


Mayyim Hayyim created these materials – activities, vocabulary lists, photographs, timelines, and quotes from mikveh users – primarily for groups of middle school through high school students. This set of lesson plans, that includes up to three hours of class time, can be used as a series of classes, in stand-alone lessons, as preparation for visiting Mayyim Hayyim or another mikveh, or to follow such a visit. Suitable for use in classrooms, living rooms, or mikva’ot (the plural of mikveh).

Guiding Questions:

  • What is a mikveh?
  • How has mikveh been used in Jewish life in the past?
  • How is mikveh relevant in Jewish life today?
  • What role has Mayyim Hayyim played in innovations in mikveh awareness and use?
  • What can I expect if I plan to visit a mikveh?