Why we need rituals now, more than ever

Jewish Community, Life Transitions, Shabbat and Holidays

by Jordan Namerow, Incoming Board President

Tonight, as I gazed at my fully illuminated hanukkiah, I reflected on the importance of rituals in the face of uncertainty. Now, more than ever, rituals are helping me stay tethered to my history and my people, as we strive for a brighter future.

That’s why I’m proud to support Mayyim Hayyim — a ritual space to find calm and wholeness in a fragile, broken world.

My journey with Mayyim Hayyim began in the early 2000s when I served as a college intern organizing mikveh immersion rituals for conversion, b’nai mitzvah, cancer treatment, and infertility. Mayyim Hayyim had not yet opened its doors to the public, but I was intrigued by the emerging vision for a place where people of all genders, affiliations, and journeys to Judaism could grieve, celebrate, and seek healing at important moments in their lives.

Years later, Mayyim Hayyim is where I immersed before my wedding, and where my wife and I prepared to welcome our child. As the next step on my journey with Mayyim Hayyim, I’m delighted to assume the role of Board President beginning in January 2024.

Mayyim Hayyim’s Rabbinic Intern Aviva Herr-Welber recently reflected, “We’re always in the messy middle of our lives, facing the unknown of what comes next.” I am deeply grateful that Mayyim Hayyim is always here for us, with an open door and life-affirming care.

Please join me in giving generously to Mayyim Hayyim so that thousands of people can experience the constant calm and beauty of the mikveh waters.

Your gift will ensure:

  • Critical repairs and upkeep for our building so that the mikveh waters can remain warm and welcoming
  • A wide range of programs and mikveh resources for people of all ages and backgrounds all over the world
  • Training new Mikveh Guides to support the thousands of requests we receive for appointments every year

You can count on Mayyim Hayyim to embrace all that you carry — and all of who you are — no matter what the future holds.

Thank you for making your year-end gift to Mayyim Hayyim today.

With gratitude for your partnership and generosity,

Jordan Namerow, Incoming Board President


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