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Of Red Leaves and Cinnamon Smells

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by Julia Becker Collins, Director of Community Engagement When I was 19, I moved from California to Massachusetts.  While I moved primarily to transfer from one college to another, it was also motivated by my desire to move back to a place with four distinct seasons.  Originally from New Jersey, I discovered after I moved […]

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Embracing the Future

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by Laura Seide, Development intern For several weeks now, I have felt as if I am teetering on a precipice, yearning to move forward, but wary of the future. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemies. Even when we want something really badly, we still hold ourselves back. Why? Is it fear? Fear of failure, […]

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The Most Special Person on the Planet

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by Lisa Berman, Education Center Director It’s a good day when you create a program described as “absolutely, amazingly, awesomely phenomenal.”  Frankly, it’s even better when a 12 year old says, “I thought that the girls would all have been forced to come by their moms, but we were all genuinely interested – and it […]

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Change is Change

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by Leah Hart Tennen, Mikveh Center Director Every summer at camp there would be some new rule or some change that would seem to have dramatic and life-altering consequences.  A schedule change (but we always swim after sports!), a favorite food item discontinued (but we always have purple bug juice at lunch!), a curfew made […]

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Marking Transitions

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by Jody Comins, Development and Events Coordinator My children came home from camp last week after being gone for seven weeks.  The first day, my 13 year-old daughter, Talia, took to her bed. Itouch in hand, she spent the day crying, listening to music and facebooking with friends that she just left that morning. She […]

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Nothing Spectacular

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By Nina Cecily Stewart, Mayyim Hayyim Administrative Assistant  I first realized I loved Mayyim Hayyim when, after my first week on the job, I called my dad and spent five minutes waxing rhapsodic about calling mikveh guides, scheduling appointments, and printing immersion forms. When I finally noticed the silence on the other end of the […]

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Growing Up Without Starting Over

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By Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director  Outgoing voicemail message re-recorded: check. Email signature reflecting new title: check. Business cards, name tag: check, check. Facebook status updated for first day on the job… now it must be real. The number one question I’ve received recently is, “So, what’s next for Mayyim Hayyim?  Are you going to make […]

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Soaking it In

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By Aliza Kline, Second to last post as Mayyim Hayyim’s Founding Executive Director Not everyone gets this kind of chance – to build from the ground up, then watch from afar, then come back to receive praise, and then to move on with confidence. “It’s not often that you get to thank someone for really […]

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Getting the "Rich" out of "Ritual"

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By Leah Hart Tennen, Mikveh Center Director When I was growing up in Jackon, Mississippi (yes, there are Jews in Mississippi—but not many), the only way to be involved in the Jewish community was to go to services and religious school.  So, my family went to services most Friday nights.  As a petulant teenager, you […]

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