The Ripple Effect, Mayyim Hayyim’s First Ten Years

Jody Comins

by Jody Comins

As you’ve probably heard, we are approaching our tenth anniversary in May, and we are kicking off a year of celebration with a Benefit Event on May 29th at Temple Israel of Boston.  Our benefit events are an opportunity for the community to support Mayyim Hayyim in our fundraising efforts. This year we are celebrating education and two very special people, Lisa Berman, our Director of Education, and Diane Black, an extraordinary volunteer, who will be the recipient of our Nachshon award. In the last ten years, Mayyim Hayyim has touched thousands of lives. We have hosted more than 12,000 immersions and 2,000 conversions. Approximately 2,400 children and adults participate in over 100 education programs each year.

Lisa Berman, Director of Education, has been part of Mayyim Hayyim since we opened our doors in 2004, first as a volunteer mikveh guide and then creating and growing our education program to what it is today. Lisa is an active board member of Temple Shalom in Newton.

Diane has been an enthusiastic supporter of Mayyim Hayyim since its inception. She’s been a Mayyim Hayyim board member since 2006 and a volunteer mikveh guide since 2008. Diane and her husband, Chester, have been involved in many Jewish organizations including Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, the Boston-Haifa Connection of CJP, and Temple Shir Tikva of Wayland.

Working on a large-scale event involves a lot of moving parts. These two honorees have brought in a wonderful group of co-chairs who are working alongside me to plan a great evening that will tell our story to over 400 attendees. We are building our Host Committee and welcome anyone to join. For more details, click here.

The evening will include a performance by the ShenaniGanns, Gann Academy’s a capella group, and new stories from Mayyim Hayyim. We hope you can join us for a very special evening. Please consider putting a Blessing in our program book to celebrate Lisa Berman, Diane Black, and Mayyim Hayyim by clicking here.

Jody Comins is the Development and Events Coordinator at Mayyim Hayyim.  She has a Clinical MSW from Boston University and has worked in the Boston Jewish Community for almost 24 years in many different environments. 


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