Join us for Bodies of Water, an award-winning program that introduces you to mikvah as a path tbody positivity from a Jewish perspective. Framed along with other healthy practices like mindful eating and Jewish yoga, this experience is a very special way to explore how mikvah is relevant in a modern Jewish life. We will watch a demonstration immersion by someone in their bathing suit, explore different ceremonies for mikvah use, learn simple ways to bless our food, and get a taste of Jewish mindfulness.

Our Presenters

Naomi Malka, Director of the Adas Israel Community Mikvah and Bodies of Water Creator

Since 2006, Naomi has been the director of the Adas Israel Community Mikvah in Washington, DC. Naomi trained as a Mikvah Guide at Mayyim Hayyim in Newton, MA and is a core partner of their Rising Tide New Mikvah Network. She is also the founder of Tevila b’Teva: immersion in nature, a program that introduces outdoor immersion to Jewish summer camps. Naomi created the Bodies of Water program to introduce youth to Mikvah as a tool for positive body image and healthy decision making from a Jewish perspective. She earned a masters in Jewish Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2000 and a BA in Sociology from UCLA in 1991. 

Rachel Stern, Yoga Instructor

Rachel Stern has been teaching yoga professionally for over 15 years, and has developed Jewish Yoga curriculum for all ages of kids and adults.  In 2018, Rachel founded the Portland Jewish Yoga Collective, to provide opportunities to embody spiritual connection through movement.  Her classes guide students on a journey of getting to know and love themselves more.  She sees self care as both a radical and spiritual act, and is honored to help practitioners discover the full range of their power and potential.  For more information on Rachel and all her offerings, please visit her website,

Hilary Conway, Nutritional Therapist

Hilary is a Nutritional Therapist. Her goal is to help people achieve optimal health through whole foods nutrition and leave behind the processed, refined sugar-laden foods that are making us sick. Hilary works with clients to address their individual needs, set specific goals and provide strategies for reaching those goals. Hilary enjoys time with her family and friends and hiking and travelling. She loves kayaking and Zumba and pretty much any form of exercise that is fun and challenging. Hilary believes in exercising every day, whether it is a class at MJCC or a long walk with the dogs. She also keeps her heart rate up watching her son play ice hockey and her daughter ride horses. Hilary is passionate about cooking healthy and delicious food. You can often find her experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes and ideas.

Upcoming Workshops

Sunday, December 15th 

1-4 pm

for female identifying middle school students

and parents/special adults

$25 a pair


Tuesday, December 17

6-9 pm

for female identifying high school students

(teens only this session)

$15 per person


Email to see if space available

Thank you to the Women's Giving Circle of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland for the generous funding for Bodies of Water.

Thanks to our recruitment partner organizations: BB Camp, BBYO, PJA, Congregation Beth Israel & NFTY, Congregation Neveh Shalom & USY, Congregation Shaarie Torah, Havurah Shalom, NCSY


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