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Sacred Waters: Learning Opportunity for the Southwest Jewish Community

Sacred Waters: October 11 &12, 2014
The Southwest URJ Community invites you mark your calendars for an exciting and innovative program this Fall!
Sacred Waters will explore the unique relationship we have as Jews to water:
religiously, spiritually, geographically here in the Southwest, and geopolitically in the Middle East. 

Saturday & Sunday, October 11 & 12, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona

Saturday, October 11: The Mikveh Monologues

Hosted by Temple Chai in Phoenix, the evening will begin with a Havdalah ceremony followed by a presentation of the Mikveh Monologues. The Mikveh Monologues (© 2008 Mayyim Hayyim) was created in 2004-2005 by internationally acclaimed author Anita Diamant and director Janet Buchwald. The play is based on interviews with men, women and children who marked a personal life transition by immersing in a mikveh.

Following the play there will be the chance to mingle at a dessert reception in the Temple Chai community sukkah.

Sunday, October 12:  Day of Learning with Keynote Speaker, Anita Diamant

Home of the Stein Family Community Mikveh (the only Reform community mikveh in Arizona), our day of learning will be hosted by Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale. The program will include numerous speakers who will explore our theme from many differing viewpoints. Speakers from the Reform Jewish leadership, as well as the education and business worlds will ensure that there is something to peak everyone's interest. Our keynote speaker for the Sunday event will be Anita Diamant.

Anita Diamant is well known for her writings, as well as her involvement with Mayyim Hayyim. Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and the Paula Brody Family Education Center is a threshold into Jewish life—a place where 21st century Jews can explore the ancient ritual of immersion as a means of spiritual renewal.  More information about Mayyim Hayyim can be found at

This program is open to everyone in the Jewish community. Registration will open in August. Please check back for more details.
If you have any questions, please contact Gabby Kozak, URJ Congregational Network Associate, West at
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