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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

As a Mikveh volunteer and tour guide, I have been blessed by assisting women in fullfilling the reason why their spiritual path has led them to Mayyim Hayyim. I have been at Mayyim Hayyim for over 5 years and truly belive that G-d resides within our walls and hears prayers... From one end of the building to the other... this is truly a holy space.

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

watching the glowing faces of women after they have finished their immersion.

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

give them an endowment so there would be no more fund raising & no one would be asked to make a donation.

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

the mitzvah of guiding a woman through the ritual of mikveh.

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

only the best !! Everyone is dedicated in making each immersion meaningfull.

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

reach out to communities and teach them how to create a Mayyim Hayyimm of their own. Also, not ask for donations and have no more fund raisers.

Ways to make it better...

nothing could be better than the experiences I am having at Mayyim Hayyim.

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

financial solvency.

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

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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4 people found this review helpful

As a Cantor and the head of a Rosh Chodesh women's group, I have brought about 30 women to Mayyim Chayyim as part of an educational trip on mikvah. My goal was to share the idea of mikvah as a source of spiritual renewal and "rebirth," particularly after life-changing events. The women who came with me found this beautiful venue to be a peaceful, soothing place and several expressed a sense of profound spiritual growth after immersion. Our group including several widows, recently divorced women, cancer survivors, and a new mother. All found Mayyim Chayyim a place of refuge and renewal. As a spiritual leader, I am grateful to Mayyim Chayyim for offering us this opportunity.

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

Knowledgeable and caring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Mayyim Hayyim provided a spiritual and renewing experience at a key time in my life. The staff welcomed and accompanied me in an understanding, sensitive and non-intrusive way. I left feeling strengthened and joyful - and thankful that Mayyim Hayyim is there to answer this most personal and spiritual need. Hazzan Iris Beth Weiner, Jerusalem

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

using the facility. The facility is clean, well stocked. The room provided for quiet reflection is wonderful, giving a person a chance for private, personal time before/after the ritual. There are many thoughtful touches which add to the experience.

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

professional, supportive, sensitive and welcoming.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-9-01

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3 people found this review helpful

My experience volunteering at Mayyim Hayyim has been a transformationalexperience in my life. Way back, before construction was even completed at Mayyim Hayyim, I joined a number of other women studying to be in the first cohort of Mikveh Guides. The experience of bonding with this incredible group of women was for me, a business woman, inspirational. When it was time for Mayyim Hayyim to open and actually begin receiving visitors to immerse there was truly a thrill in my heart. Mayyim Hayyim, and the devoted women and men who serve there, have not only successfully continued an ancient tradition but also given the Jews in our Greater Boston community an opportunity to develop ways to give new meaning to an old tradition, thus revitalizing the concept of using living water for spiritual cleansing and healing. Moreover, the art gallery and meeting space has allowed the Education Center to bring Jews together in a beautiful, new venue.

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

Volunteering as a mikveh guide, bringing friends and family into the mikveh experience and immersing myself.

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

Helping at conversions.

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

Amazingly kind and considerate.

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

Hire full timers to answer the phone - I hate voice mail! The rest seems to be working itself out pretty well and I am proud of my affiliation with it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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3 people found this review helpful

My experience at Mayyim Hayyim has been for me the performance of a sacred mitzvah. It has been a great blessing to guide those who have come to immerse in its waters for healing, cleansing and renewal. I have found each guiding experience to be special and unique. I am always reminded when I walk through its doors and as I prepare for my service the words of Rabbi Akiba: Happy are you, O Israel! Before whom are you purified? Who purifies you? Your father which is in heaven. As it is said, "I will sprinkle clean water on you and you will be clean" (Ezek. 36:25). And it says, "The mikveh of Israel is the Lord" (Jer. 17:13). Just as the mikveh cleans unclean people, so the Holy One cleans Israel. Yoma 85b

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

as a mikveh guide and for my own personal ritual observance.

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 opportunity it affords me to serve my community in a tangible and meaningful way.

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

wonderfully committed individuals.

Ways to make it better...

Better organized and filed guides/blessings for immersees.

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

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

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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3 people found this review helpful

Wherever I have lived, I have volunteered for a women's organization. When I moved to the Boston area, though, I couldn't find that place. Then one night, a friend invited me to a tour of the new mikveh, sponsored by her congregation. I knew when I walked in that this is where I wanted to be. It has been, and continues to be,a privilege to be a volunteer at Mayyim Hayyim. And I continue to thank my friend who invited me on the tour four years ago.

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

being able to help women experience immersing in a personal and meaningful manner.

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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3 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at many organizations for many years, including Girl Scouts, congregations, soup kitchens, refugee organizations, political action organizations and others. My experience at Mayyim Hayyim has been like no other. From the moment I walked in the door, I have felt welcome. The training materials and methodologies developed and shared are top notch, well thought out, and compelling. The ongoing training provided to mikveh guides have been informative, relevent and timely. The committment to making this an inviting, welcoming and nurturing place is evident from the moment you walk through the gate into the garden, before a client even walks through the door. People are free to express their Judaism, to become Jews, to heal, to mourn, to celebrate in ways that are meaningful to them. There is no other place quite like Mayyim Hayyim.

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

my own spiritual growth and renewal and watching other people be transformed in their own transitional moments.

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

helping people celebrate joyous lifecycle events and find meaning in more difficult transitions.

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

warm, welcoming, sincere, and committed.

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

more easily help replicate this experience in other Jewish communities--which it already does to a limited extent--as well as provide more training and educational services to teens and adults.

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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3 people found this review helpful

Before there was even a building, Mayyim Hayyim was a dream, a dream of a community that was welcoming and inclusive, a dream of an organization that was committed to innovation and learning. I have been privileged to be part of this dream; trained in the first cohort of mikveh guides for the past four years I have been privileged to witness countless immersins, to be part of a learning community and make meaningful contributions to our community on a regular basis. Thank you Mayyim Hayyim!

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

I know that I play an essential role in the life of the organization. Voluntters are depended upon to provide an essential service and in return we receive support, training and appreciation and are part of a daily re-invention of American Jewish 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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