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October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

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.

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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

October 24, 2009

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October 24, 2009

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.

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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

October 22, 2009

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October 22, 2009

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!

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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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

This place has been a huge part of my life for some years. In it, I have learned about the power of ritual, the vitality and diversity of the Jewish community. It has opened my heart.

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

Meeting so many wonderful people in the community and seeing lives touched.

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

transform the Jewish world. I know that sounds grandiose, but the model of a nondenominational group that takes ritual, education, the arts, and diversity seriously and joyfully: this is the future of Judaism!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

My experiences at Mayyim Hayyim include being a volunteer Mikveh Guide as well as a user of the facility. First, as a mikveh guide, I feel completely supported and most importantly, appreciated. The staff is extraordinarily committed to this wonderful place and it is an honor to be a part of it. We are continually provided with educational training and supported in the work that we do. It feels great to be part of such a team, providing a space to ritually transform lives. As someone who has immersed at Mayyim Hayyim for special moments of celebration and transition, I can say that the facility is extraordinary in its welcome and amazing at providing just the right words at just the right time. When I wanted to transition before my son's wedding, I found just the right "mother of the groom" ceremony to allow me to focus on my changing role and relationship with my son. I was able to acknowledge the change, the loss, and think deeply about my hopes and open myself to new possibilities.

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

the way it has touched the lives of those using the mikveh; for both celebration and sad moments, and educated those new to Judaism and others wanting to learn about this ancient ritual. I have also immersed myself for celebrationa and transition.

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

the welcome and appreciation, as well as being present at some very profound and important moments for others.

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

completely committed and supportive, warm and inviting.

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

expand and serve even more individuals, as well as educate larger groups.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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

October 20, 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.

Ways to make it better...

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

October 20, 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

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

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.

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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.

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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