Category Archives: Conversion and Affirmation

Returning to Mikveh

by Phyllis Hirth Here’s my timeline, short and sweet: I was born in Connecticut, raised as a Catholic, moved to New York after college, met my husband, and married into a Conservative Jewish family. My first experience with mikveh was during … Continue reading

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Off the Deep End – Revisited

Originally posted on February 1, 2017. In honor of the recent launch of “Now What?,” Mayyim Hayyim’s newly-available post-conversion curriculum for new Jews and their partners, we wanted once again to share this reflection from Cantor Treitman on the next … Continue reading

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Stepping into the Water

by Jo Radner They knew, those old rabbis, that the rod of Moses did not part the sea. No magic wand could wrench generations from the narrow places, hauling Egyptian rocks, tilling Egyptian soil, pounding Egyptian laundry by the river. … Continue reading

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New Jews and Israel: Building a Relationship

by Lisa Berman, Mikveh and Education Director I became a Jew (by choice) in December, 1980. I’ve been Jewish for 36 years — so long that many who know me don’t realize I wasn’t always Jewish. My observance, knowledge, and … Continue reading

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The Gift of Guiding

by Rene Katersky, Mikveh Guide As I approach another significant birthday, one ending in “0” (aren’t they all significant at this age?), I have been thinking a lot about the self-imposed benefits of turning another year older. I am mindful … Continue reading

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Off the Deep End!

Reposted by Mayyim Hayyim in recognition of the recent launch of “Now What?,” a post-conversion curriculum for new Jews and their partners now available for your community! by Cantor Louise Egbert Treitman I converted to Judaism almost 45 years ago and … Continue reading

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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”…and Other Challenges

by Leeza Negelev, Associate Director of Education Last spring, I sat in the Mayyim Hayyim Education Center with a group of people who had at some point made the decision to become Jewish. It was the very first session of … Continue reading

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