Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education

Rating: 4.96 stars   49 reviews


1838 Washington St Newton MA 02466 USA


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.


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  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

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

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

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