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October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

An extraordinary place. Mayyim Hayyim is a place where transformation occurs. I was present when my soon-to-be daughter-in-law immersed in the water, her final step to become a Jew. Her non-Jewish parents were present as was I and my husband and our son. Her parents felt the emotion of having their daughter leave them in a very real way, yet be welcomed to a new life in a loving and beautiful place in a most spiritual way. Mayyim Hayyim is a gift to our community.

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

hearing about the transformative and spiritually healing experiences so many have had at Mayyim Hayyim.

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

have a budget which permitted a staff which paid the staff properly.

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

meeting and working with Jews from all denominations, liberal, conservative and orthodox.

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

caring, loving, totally committed.

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

create an endowment that would sustain itself without having to spend so much energy and time fund raising. Focus could be fully targeted on programming.

Ways to make it better...

I had time to volunteer more at Mayyim Hayyim.

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

raising the necessary funds to support our programs and financial obligations.

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

the devoted staff and volunteers do an amazing job creating program and maintaining the atmosphere and spirit of Mayyim Hayyim.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

Warm and inviting atmosphere. Lovely staff. Total spiritual experience. Community is lucky to have such a beautiful mikveh in the neighborhood.

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

September 2009.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the atmosphere and cleanliness

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

warm and responsive

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

no comment

Ways to make it better...

none

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

none

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

none

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

As a rabbi who works extensively with converts, it is a joy and privilege to bring candidates to the warmth, beauty and deep sense of holiness of Mayyim Hayyim. The very facility is warm and inviting and the staff welcomes with great joy and awe every new Jew along with his or her family. What a welcome to the Jewish community!

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

The comfort level as the candidates prepared for immersion and the gracious space for celebrating afterwards.

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

The gentleness and respect of the staff.

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

Provide even more educational and outreach programming for women (and men) to learn about and connect (or reconnect) to mikveh.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

As a Conservative Rabbi I was excited to be in on the "ground floor" of planning for a true community-wide Mikve. I had participated in Batei Din for conversion at an Orthodox Mivke in the Boston area, and I found the experience as less than satisfying and inspiring. I was in a meeting which included the certifying Rabbi Ben Zion Bergman from LA. I attended meetings with the architect and designer of the facility which promised to be a welcome and inspiring place. With the opening of the Mikve and the filling of the Borot I felt that Boston community had achieved a goal. Since that time I continue to serve on Batei Din and the impact of Mayyim Hayyim is felt on every occasion.

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

providing a welcoming atmosphere.

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

most dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

Mayyim Hayyim has had a remarkable impact in the spiritual life of the Greater Boston Jewish community. a) It has provided an opportuniy for Jews to return to a significant element of Jewish spiritual practice (Mikveh) who would otherwise have not considered it as meaningful and attractive. b)It has become a center for the discovery of new modes of Jewish spiritual expression that go beyond the forms of traditional rituals in their strictly legal norms. c)This has demonstrated that Judaism has a dynamic plasticity that can meet new needs and challeges of life and lifecycle events and concerns. d) Mayyim Hayyim has become a prime example for many other Jewish communities of how a traditional institution can reach beyond itself while maintaining halachic norms. As a Rabbi, I find it amazing how the staff and volunteers of Mayyim Hayyim have made it so welcoming to those Jews who otherwise would not be attracted to it. It serves the community as the locus for conversion rituals with a warm and hospitable setting for the meeting of Batei Din (Rabbinic Courts, but also a note above, it represents the dynamic potential of other elements of Jewish rituals to enrich the personal lives of individuals.

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

its search for continued development

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

incredible, warm and welcoming as well as knowledgeable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

This is the most amazing Mikveh! It was a beautiful peaceful experience. If only there was a Mayyim Hayyim in the NJ/NY area!!! The online help is wonderful. Truly, a mikveh experience for women who are not orthodox Jews is something that is incredibly wonderful. Mayyim Hayyim is trying to open the experience to more people. Good luck to them!

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

very nice

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

have more locations!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

I studied Judaism and was active in a Eitz Chayim synagogue, (Cambridge MA,) for over 3 years. My Rabbi, Liza Stern arranged for a Beit Din (at which she was not present), but her husband, the Rabbi Stern with a few members of EC were present in the Beit Din, it accepted me. This Beit Din was done in one of the rooms in Mayyim Hayyim, that ambiance gave me more self-confidence in my Jewish beliefs. It seemed more talking in a social meeting than taking a test. Ritual immersion is an ancient part of Jewish tradition, highlighted in the Torah, when the Kohen went into the Holy place of the Tabernacle, when Kings asked for healing, and so on. At Mayyim Hayyim, I am welcome to immerse to commemorate a wide variety of transitions and occasions. The mikveh pool, in Mayyim Hayyim, recalls the watery state that each of us knew before we were born; It goes with that idea, so I always find a mikveh pool clean, warm, as my mother had me for 9 months, giving that kind of nourishment I need to go forward in my Jewish journey.

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

organization warm and cheer people clean on time

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

being familiar with people I meet

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

Volunteers

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

Make more lectures and meetings for "Conversos" like me. Sharing experiences which will enrich that Non-Profit

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

Mayyim Hayyim is one of the most innovative Jewish organizations in the world. It has successfully taken the ritual of mikveh and made it relevant to the 21st century. This miraculous transformation has been done within the parameters of Jewish law, making it a destination for all Jews. There is truly nothing else like Mayyim Hayyim in the Jewish world. Not only does it enable women to fulfill the family purity laws in a beautiful, safe environment, it is also a place where men and women come to renew themselves spiritually and to heal from physical and emotional upheaval in their lives. The upheaval can range from finishing a course of chemotherapy, completing 11 months of Kaddish or healing from a traumatic relationship. Mayyim Hayyim is truly of service to the entire spectrum of the Jewish community.

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

my own personal healing. It has also enriched my life in myriad ways including expanding my Jewish education and learning about resources in the community.

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

Expand staff so that everyone would be freer to pursue their assigned tasks. Everyone generously helps each other. But there are some very fine projects that could get off the ground if more staff could be comfortably hired.

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

Discovering the power of the mikveh for 21st century. Learning to write grants.

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

passionate, dedicated, knowledgeable and supportive.

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

particularly effect away Jewish youth view the mikveh and consequently all Jewish rituals. They could apply the model of the relevance of ancient rituals in the 21st century. Mayyim Hayyim could also strength partnerships among various organizations.

Ways to make it better...

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

finances. MH is bursting with creativity. It has a beautiful mikveh--a gift--available to all Jews. My hope is that pursuing grants and fundraising will not overshadow MH's innovative and vital work.

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

Mayyim Hayyim's survival is crucial to the Jewish community and to future generations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE MIKVEH LEARNING CENTER WAS A GIFT TO MYSELF.... NEW RITUALS FOR AN OLD RITUAL ....A DREAM COME TRUE.AND RETELLING IT TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS KEEPS IT "VIBRATING" IN MY SOUL...ROSE MASS

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

THE EXCITEMENT OF ALL CONCERNED: THE DREAMERS, STAFF AND PARTICIPANTS RM

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

HAPPY TO BE "WORKING" THERE

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

PERHAPS DO MORE TEACHING AND HELP OTHER COMMUNITIES TO REPLECATE THIS ONE.

Ways to make it better...

I COULD LOOK FORWARD TO GOING THERE MORE FREQUESTLY....DISTANCE IS THE PROBLEM..FLORIDA IS TOO FAR AWAY..RM

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

An amazing resource for our community - both the mikveh and the educational center. As a rabbi in the area, I have led countless people to the mikveh for conversions, healing after miscarriage or illness, wedding blessings, and many other transitional moments. They also offer local clergy the benefit of an immersion in the mikveh before the High Holidays - what a gift!

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

The incredible warmth and welcoming that Mayyim Hayyim exudes to its guests is inspiring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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