Monthly Archives: August 2014

Political Activist Turned Mikveh Lady

by Ilana Sumka I’m a political activist by training, so I was as surprised as anyone to find myself teaching Tanakh, (Torah, Prophets and Writings) and Jewish law to a group of conversion students. A few weeks ago I had the profound … Continue reading

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The Mikveh, Lady

by DeDe Jacobs-Komisar I’m going to be honest – before I found this place I was totally ambivalent about the mikveh. Growing up Orthodox, we teenage girls were taught to venerate the mikveh as a mysterious, holy, beautiful thing. We … Continue reading

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Becoming Jewish

by Laura Rosenthal Whenever people ask about how I “became” Jewish, I tell them it was when I turned eight. In some sense, this is entirely ridiculous—I have always known that Judaism is a part of my life. What I … Continue reading

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Choosing to be a Jew

by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education Last week I went to synagogue and witnessed a ceremony to welcome a woman who had just converted to Judaism. I met this woman earlier in the week, at Mayyim Hayyim, where she … Continue reading

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Choosing Milestones

by Diane Black On May 29, 2014 at Mayyim Hayyim’s tenth year celebration event, we honored Diane Black with the Nachshon Award.  Here are her remarks from the ceremony.  If you know me at all, you know I’m not comfortable … Continue reading

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Love is in the Air

by Carrie Bornstein Today is Tu B’Av – the fifteenth day of the month of Av – a Jewish Valentine’s Day of sorts, when we mark a day of great joy on the Hebrew calendar. With our Jewish Cupid flying … Continue reading

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It’s Like Night and Day

by Lisa Berman, Mikveh and Education Director When we talk about Mayyim Hayyim, we often focus on the moments at our mikveh that are celebratory. Joyful gatherings of people who usher into our space an atmosphere of conviviality and festivity … Continue reading

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