Carrie Bornstein is Executive Director of Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center, a re-imagined and radically inclusive mikveh where education is as important as immersion, and all Jews come for healing, celebrations, life transitions, and conversion to Judaism.
I’m going in for a pregnancy test early next week, and I really hope it’s positive. The thing is, I most certainly do not want any more kids.
Let me explain: I’m working on giving birth to…someone else’s kid. Strangers, actually. Last week, I traveled to a fertility clinic in Connecticut where a doctor placed a 5-day old embryo (not genetically related to me) inside my uterus. For five weeks prior to this, I prepared my body with daily injections, and will continue doing so to ensure a successful pregnancy, throughout… >> Read More
Sometimes life has a funny way of working itself out. It’s not that things are so drastically different as an adult than how I imagined they’d be, but looking back, I’ve had a few surprises.…When I was a little girl and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I confess I never said I wanted to work at a mikveh. As a native New Yorker, I didn’t expect to marry a Jewish boy from New Hampshire. And I never imagined that I’d have pet… >> Read More
It’s been a year since you wrote "Since My Divorce, I’m Missing the Mikveh,” and you know what, Mayim? You and I have a lot in common.
OK, so I’m not a movie star. But I have watched…"Beaches" approximately 517 times. That’s got to count for something, right? Like you, I grew up in the world of those who knew not of mikveh, and significantly expanded my learning in college. I immersed before I got married and my introduction to mikveh was from a more traditional perspective. In all honesty, as I… >> Read More