October 21, 2009
Mayyim Hayyim has had a remarkable impact in the spiritual life of the Greater Boston Jewish community. a) It has provided an opportuniy for Jews to return to a significant element of Jewish spiritual practice (Mikveh) who would otherwise have not considered it as meaningful and attractive. b)It has become a center for the discovery of new modes of Jewish spiritual expression that go beyond the forms of traditional rituals in their strictly legal norms. c)This has demonstrated that Judaism has a dynamic plasticity that can meet new needs and challeges of life and lifecycle events and concerns. d) Mayyim Hayyim has become a prime example for many other Jewish communities of how a traditional institution can reach beyond itself while maintaining halachic norms. As a Rabbi, I find it amazing how the staff and volunteers of Mayyim Hayyim have made it so welcoming to those Jews who otherwise would not be attracted to it. It serves the community as the locus for conversion rituals with a warm and hospitable setting for the meeting of Batei Din (Rabbinic Courts, but also a note above, it represents the dynamic potential of other elements of Jewish rituals to enrich the personal lives of individuals.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
its search for continued development
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
incredible, warm and welcoming as well as knowledgeable.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Professional with expertise in this field & I serve on its rabbinic advisory committee and have often referred individuals - male as well as female - for its use.