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Anita Diamant steps down as president of Mayyim Hayyim, will stay involved in center she helped create

Posted by Laura Franzini  December 4, 2012 11:39 AM

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Anita Diamant will step down as president of the Board of Mayyim Hayyim, the community mikveh and education center she helped found 11 years ago.

Current Board member Jennifer Slifka Vidal will assume the presidency in January 2013 and Diamant will remain as an ex-officio Board member and continue her involvement with the organization, according to Mayyim Hayyim.

"I've had the privilege and pleasure of serving as president of what has become a local treasure, a national model and an international inspiration," Diamant said in a press release. "Eleven years is a long time for anyone to be in this position and I am happy and proud of this transition, which is a clear sign of our strength and vitality. At this stage, Mayyim Hayyim needs a leader with precisely the skills, expertise, experience, and energy that Jennifer brings to the table."

Vidal said that while it could be overwhelming to follow in Diamant's footsteps, Diamant has created an organization that "welcomes new vision, creativity, passion, and inspiration."

"I feel lucky to have been involved with Mayyim Hayyim and I look forward to collaborating with our amazing professionals and board members as we continue to make the ritual of immersion relevant and accessible in Boston, nationally, and beyond," she said.

According to the center, Vidal began her involvement at Mayyim Hayyim in 2005 and joined the Board in 2007. She has served on the mikveh's Education Task Force, Development Committee, Governance Committee, and Personnel Committee. She is on the Board of Directors of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where she is also a member of the Commission on Jewish Life and Learning, chairs the Camping Task Force, and participated in the CJP Acharai leadership development program. She is also a member of the Rashi School Board of Trustees, where she has chaired the Committee on Trustees and serves on the Development Committee.

Diamant is the Boston-based author of 12 books, including the bestselling The Red Tent. Her other novels include Day After Night, Good Harbor, and The Last Days of Dogtown. She has also published a collection of essays, Pitching My Tent, and six non-fiction guides to contemporary Jewish life, including The New Jewish Wedding and Choosing a Jewish Life. An award-winning journalist whose work has appeared regularly in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting, she lives in Massachusetts. Her most recent novel is Day After Night. Visit her website at www.anitadiamant.com.


Laura Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com.

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