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October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

initially thinking this facility "wouldn't be for me," i was amazed how moved and impressed i was when first introduced. I starting getting more and more involved, and consequently now am not only a board member, but for more than a year now, i am a volunteer mikveh guide during a regular time slot every week. And every week there is something special, and some way where i know i have made a difference for someone coming to immerse, or just visit, and learn about Mayyim Hayyim. At MH, i am exposed to a wide variety of modern Judaism, not just the branch i am affiliated with. I help with, and share in, very personal experiences for individuals and families as they undergo both painful and joyous times in their lives. I often get quite a warm hug with a grateful thank you as they leave, which is a big honor. I also get heartfelt thanks from rabbis whose congregants i have assisted with. It's wonderful to see a person coming to convert start out so nervous, and emerge after their immersion relaxed and beaming. MH is a gentle, caring, respectful, spiritual place to volunteer and it's a privilege for me.

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

the gratitude i receive from people coming to immerse

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

connecting on a very personal level with people in their very vulnerable moments

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

exceptional. i think that's a main reason i got involved - the caliber of the staff and volunteers.

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

pay off its mortgage, hire more staff, and not be so tense and concerned about funds and fundraising all the time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

I did an immersion at Mayyim Hayyim as I started graduate school. It had been a complicated and emotional year and I just wanted to mark the end of that and the beginning of something new. It was beautiful, calm, relaxing and the immersion was incredibly powerful. Also, as someone who had never been to a Mikveh before, the attendant was kind and supportive and willing to explain each thing step by step. Overall, a great experience.

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

nothing.

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

kind and supportive but not intrusive. Gave me time and space to make the experience my own while still making sure that it was halachically correct.

Ways to make it better...

nothing.

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

Space and funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

What an amazing organization! More than a mikveh -- truly an educational center - and the nicest, most welcoming and spiriutally appealing mikveh I have ever experienced.

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

PRofessioanlism, wwelocme, understanding of mission

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

Helpful, caring, thoguthful

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

Teach others how to replicate what they do!

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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October 20, 2009

I came to Mayyim Hayyim before my wedding. It was wonderful! I had never been to the mikvah before and had just the most positive, calming, beautiful experience there. My mother, sister and mother-in-law, also felt so comfortable and were able to have all of their questions answered by our wonderful guide. The educational information was so helpful and thorough and the whol experience was just perfect!

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

kind, calming, helpful, welcomeing people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

As a rabbi, I have served as witness and convener for conversion immersions at Mayyim Hayyim on numerous occasion. The ambience, staff friendliness and competence, availability and physical structure are an order of magnitude better than any other mikveh in my experience in a forty year career. This is a welcoming and supportive environment both for those who are new to Judaism and for those who, for either traditional or creative reasons, seek immersion in a mikveh. I also used the mikveh myself as a "havdalah" between my active career and my retirement. It was an unalloyedly positive experience.

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

the positive experiences of individuals who came here as part of their process of conversion to Judaism.

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

the quality of the facility and availability for both traditional and innovative use.

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

welcoming, committed, tactful and deeply knowledgeable.

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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October 20, 2009

Before my Adult Bat Mitzvah (at 65) in March I had my first Mikveh at Mayyim Hayyim. It was a fabulous experience. The women at the desk were wonderful - very caring. I was there with another member of my group, and our Cantor - a woman - came as well with her guitar. As each of the two of us were in the Mikveh the other two were in the atrium area and we all sang together. It was a very spiritual experience - especially in the beautiful setting at Mayyim Hayyim.

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

very well trained about privacy and making one feel comfortable about this as a brand new experience. In addition, Anita Diamond was there at a meeting and took time to greet us and wish us "nachas" as we had this new experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

I shared a special moment with my daughter prior to her wedding. We both participated in the immersion and read beautiful passages written for the mother and the bride. I thought the words were so moving and important that I incorporated the message in my speech to the couple at the wedding. Thank you, Susan Waisbren

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

my daughter's wedding.

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

The friendly and meaningful way we were treated.

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

wonderful.

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

Expand its outreach.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

I came up to Boston from Florida for a wedding, and added an extra day to visit Mayyim Hayyim. I had never used a mikveh before, and it certainly was not part of my religious upbringing but heard about Mayyim Hayyim from a friend, and checked it out on-line. I had much stress in my life at the time and was ready for something to cleanse my soul. The calming effect of the whole experience was just what I needed. The immersion in the mikveh acted as a ritual of passage - from a time of negative thoughts into a new period that somehow opened my soul. I have never had a more meaningful spiritual connection to my faith. Thank you for all you do.

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

spiritual cleansing

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

well trained, compassionate

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

replicate itself in other communities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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October 20, 2009

A friend was struggling with turning 'a certain age' and not having achieved all the milestones she had dreamed of by that time. I offered to make her a ritual at Mayyim Hayyim where she could celebrate with all the women in her life the love and support she could count on from us, and to immerse in the mikveh privately and dwell in the healing, contemplative waters and make peace with where she is in her life. The staff at Mayyim Hayyim couldn't have been more supportive of my efforts and provided prayers for my friend to use in her immersion. However, they let me do everything I wanted to do in the 'living room' (which also doubles as a lecture room for education events at other times) which included a pot luck lunch, an opportunity for each of the 14 or so attendees to present our friend with a blessing and/or poem or object to symbolize their wishes for her on her journey. We brought in our own music, food and festive attire. For several women, this was their first visit to Mayyim Hayyim, so the volunteer mikveh guide offered a tour while our friend was immersing in the mikveh. Our friend was overwhelmed with happiness to have so many people from different parts of her life, including her mother and friends old and new, in one place. She enjoyed her private immersion. The mikveh guide even used her jumper cables to start my friends car, because she had left the lights on in the parking lot in her eager anticipation of the ritual when she arrived. Talk about a full service non-profit! In addition to the wonderful support I received in planning this ritual, I have also enjoyed meaningful learning opportunities with outstanding teachers at the Mayyim Hayyim Family Education Center. Just yesterday, a stressful day when I was confronting issues with aging family members, I arrived at Mayyim Hayyim for a study session and immediately felt relaxed and calm, just walking into the doors of the beautiful center, where I was warmly welcomed, things were clean, bright and home-like. I could have easily enjoyed just sitting there for 90 minutes, but the learning was so stimulating, I was a different person than the frazzled one who had entered only an hour and a half earlier. Thank you, Mayyim Hayyim, for creating a space where women and men can gather to learn and celebrate life's mysteries and transitions.

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

Welcoming atmosphere in both physical appointments and the warmth of the staff and volunteers.

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

Kind, patient, generous and knowledgeable.

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

Pay off its mortgage and offer education programs for free on and off-site. I suppose it could continue to consult with other regions that would like to crate a community mikveh, but I find that part of their work less compelling.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

As a volunteer mikveh guide since Mayyim Hayyim opened its doors more than five years ago, I've found the experience extraordinary. Witnessing immersions of all sorts has elicited the best in me. I'm my most caring, sensitive self at the mikveh.It's been a privilege to serve in this holy place.

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

the opportunity to work with a variety of women of all ages and from all parts of the Jewish community, and help provide a meaningful experience for each of them.

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

unusually thoughtful, intelligent, respectful folks who never fail to say "thank you" for your efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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