Mayyim Hayyim is an inspirational organization. Volunteers make this place sing and the professional staff values the work that the volunteers do day in and day out. If innovation in Jewish life is important to you , check out Mayyim Hayyim.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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!