Last year, I became a Mikveh Guide through ImmerseNYC, a UJA beneficiary. Traditionally, females immerse in a mikveh, ritual bath, to purify themselves when finished menstruating. I felt compelled to become involved with ImmerseNYC due to my own discomfort with the mikveh process - it felt very cold, rigid, and awkward. ImmerseNYC embraces people of all backgrounds and truly strives to provide everyone with meaningful, comfortable immersion experiences, to mark any kind of life transition, in addition to traditional immersions. I was able to see how important my work is upon guiding truly meaningful immersions for both happy and painful transitions that people wanted to mark, and how cleansing the experience was for everyone involved. I'm so privileged and honored to be a part of such a welcoming organization, which fills such a gap in our community. This is one of the things I love most about Jewish New York - you can find anything and anyone you need.