Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education

Rating: 4.96 stars   48 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 1838 Washington St Newton MA 02466 USA

Mission: Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center, Inc. (Mayyim Hayyim) is a non-profit organization, founded in the spring of 2001.  The mission of Mayyim Hayyim is to reclaim and reinvent one of our most ancient Jewish rituals “immersion in the mikveh” for contemporary spiritual uses and to make this new, sacred space open and accessible to all Jews in the Greater Boston area.
Results: Since our opening in 2004, we have provided more than 6,600 immersions (there were 1,400 immersions last year), including more than 1,200 conversions. This year our Education Center hosted 87 programs for 1,525 people, including religious school kids, teens, college students and adults.  Hundreds of people have celebrated weddings and b’nei mitzvah, converted to Judaism with dignity and honor, found solace in the face of illness and trauma, and explored the ritual of monthly immersion. Mayyim Hayyim has hosted training and information sessions for communities around the world looking to establish local mikvaot and educate their communities. Mayyim Hayyim is a threshold into Jewish life—a place where the spiritually diverse needs of 21st century Jews are met by reclaiming the ancient tradition of immersing in the mikveh.

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Role: Client Served
Rating: 4 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Very meaningful experience. Guide was excellent. Facilities are top-notch and exceed expectations. Only downside: suggested donation was a bit high.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exemplary, knowledgeable and personable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

It was beautiful Even tho one of the mikveh was out of order, my wife and I had a truly spiritual experience I especially enjoyed and felt comfortable working with Sidney who I have since seen and thanked I hope to make stronger bonds with myself, my wife, and the community through this experience Thank you!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their care and attention

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgable and flexible and caring

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

About 4 years ago I attended the National Mikveh Conference sponsored by Mayyim Hayyim. At that time I was only interested in mikveh as an element in the Jewish conversion process. My visit to Mayyim Hayyim opened up an awareness of the full potential of mikveh to express Jewish spirituality at a wide range of transistion points in a person's life. I have been working ever since then to duplicate in Los Angeles a similar 21st Century mikveh. The people at Mayyim Hayyim are of extra-ordinary sensitivity and creativity in their penetrating ability with Jewish water ceremonies. I have learned a great deal from them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own immersion at Mayyim Hayyim.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the readiness of staff and volunteers to share their wisdom.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly trained to express empathy with clients.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

facilitate a dynamic national mikveh movement.

Ways to make it better...

I had even more time to visit Mayyim Hayyim. I live in Los Angeles, and I have visited Mayyim Hayyim three times since I first discovered it.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

Anita Diamant, the Mayyim Hayyim President, epitomizes the best qualities of a volunteer Jewish leader. She is a great inspiration.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Mayyim Hayyim provides a beautiful place for me to carry out, what could be an uncomfortable Jewish ritual. But my experience at Mayyim Hayyim has never been uncomfortable. It is easy for me to make an immersion appointment, my guides there are always so helpful, respectful and discreet. The few times that I have had to use a mikvah when I was not at home in Boston, I sorely missed Mayyim Hayyim- and it also made me realize how lucky I am to live in Boston with access to Mayyim Hayyim- a progressive place that cares about Jewish values and tradition and above all people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the beauty and meaning they have added to my Jewish practice.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Mayyim Hayyim is one of the most sacred and beautiful places in Massachusetts. I went there to immerse when I converted to Judaism, the day before I was married, and to honor every one of my birthdays. This place is spiritual and special and when I am there I feel closer to God. Going down those seven steps and into the water is like coming home. I am honored to be able to use the mikveh and to be a guide there as well.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting all different types of people who sign up to use the mikveh. There are people using it for happy occasions such as a wedding, birth of a child and there are people who want to acknowledge something that happened in their life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

In Sept. of this year prior to Rosh Hashanah I was guiding as a young woman (under 21) came to the Mikveh with her father who was very supportive of her experience. She was very reserved about her experience and appreciated that I could be just a resouce for her and not intrusive in her immersion experience. She was gratefull that I did not inssit that I watch her immersion and that I was able to give her the information that she needed and not be intrusive.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I personally have a feeling of having received more than I feel I have contributed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All the volunteers and workers are the most helpful and committed people I have ever been involved with in either an organization or employment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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9 people found this review helpful

A unique experience. After going through 5 years of a contentious divorce I wanted to cleanse myself from the past and prepare to start a new chapter. Mayyim Hayyim was the perfect place. In the serene environment of the Mikveh it felt comfortable to immerse myself into the old traditions and have a meaningful spiritual experience. Later, in another part of the beautiful building, we combined traditional and modern ways to celebrate the milestone with family and friends. Now, 5 years hence, I continue to remember this day as exceptionally significant and empowering.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

celebrating a significant milestone that helped me move on with my life

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The spiritual environment

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, kind and helpful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

as a mikvah guide, I have had the priveledge and honor to guide so many women and children as they engage in this most personal and intimate process. Sharing this moment with others is important to me becasue it allows me to be part of and apart from at the same time. For each person who immerses in these sacred waters, the reasons vary but the emotional experience is equal impact, meaning and transformative value. What a gift to share!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

sharing incredibliy awesome moments with so many individauls and families in ways that add meaning and value to people's lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, supportive, knowledgable, kind, welcoming, flexible and dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to provide opportunities for so many people to immerse in a mikvah that remains beautiful and efficient (there is a lot of maintance involved in this endeavor both physical and spirtital- funds to increase and enhance both will always be critical

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

They make mikvah use comfortable for a first-timer. The space is beautiful. I didn't appreciate how great the space is until I was traveling and needed to use another mikvah. The mikvah guides give you as much privacy as you want and are happy to help, even with unusual requests. Aliza Kline, the director, does a great job of explaining mikvah use and design and its role in Jewish life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

starting to use the mikvah regularly.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The accessible experience at the mikvah.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer more classes, have less of a fund-raising burden for mikvah maintenance, and lower the suggested donation.

Ways to make it better...

every single mikvah guide were as consistently great as the best of them are.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

many of their target clients don't know what the mikvah has to offer them. Not all of the member congregations promote use of Mayyim Hayyim. Many people see the suggested donation as a barrier to regular use.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I celebrated with friends and family the completion of my cancer treatment, 5 years ago when Mayyim Hayyim was quite new. I watched as it progressed over the years, immersing to mark special moments in my life, viewing amazing art shows and attending inspiring lectures, and participating in writing a spiritual guide for Jewish women with cancer. The outreach and effect on the wider community is wonderful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

allowing me to mark special moments of joy and sorrow.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, engaged individuals from various disciplines who have much to share and do so through the mikveh.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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