Father and Son

"In six days I become a father for the first time! This was my chance to be clear on my intentions at this amazing transition, appreciate my blessings, and dedicate myself to the important and holy work ahead."

Although mikveh was once viewed as a women’s place and practice, Jewish men, too, have been using the mikveh for centuries. While conversion to Judaism is the only occasion when immersion is required as a mitzvah for men, many have found meaning in mikveh for other purposes.

At Mayyim Hayyim, men use the mikveh for a wide variety of reasons (just as women do).

  • Before Shabbat and holidays
  • In anticipation of becoming a father or grandfather
  • Becoming a Bar Mitzvah / celebrating the Bar/Bat Mitzvah of a child
  • Grooms entering marriage
  • A partner’s pregnancy loss
  • Celebrating the marriage of a child
  • Recovery after an illness
  • To mark a milestone in life: empty nest, new job, divorce, retirement


  • COVID-19 Update

    At this time Mayyim Hayyim is open for immersions and has made a number of adjustments to our regular procedures. Our education center and art gallery are temporarily closed to minimize traffic and possible exposure in order to create the safest possible environment for those who wish to immerse. See here for more information about using the mikveh during this time.