Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education

Rating: 4.96 stars   48 reviews

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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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617-244-1836
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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

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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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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...

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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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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4 people found this review helpful

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

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

September 2009.

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

none

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?

2009-10-01

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9 people found this review helpful

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!

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?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

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

organization warm and cheer people clean on time

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?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My experience was unforgetable for both myself and my family. Mayyim Hayyim was extremely welcoming to my family and made our time there very meaningful for all of us!

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

exremely powerful way.

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

how welcoming they were to all!

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

friendly, comforting and welcoming.

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

reach so many more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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