A mikvah is a ritual pool constructed according to the exact specifications outlined in Jewish law. Immersion in a mikvah effects an elevation in status. Its waters have the power to spiritually transform and produce metamorphosis.

The primary function of the mikvah today is its use in the observance of the Jewish “Family Purity” laws. Following her monthly menstrual cycle, a woman immerses in the mikvah, spiritually refreshing and spiritually boosting herself and her relationship with her husband and with the entire household.

Our Sages teach us that building a mikvah is more important than erecting a synagogue! A community without a mikvah is a community without a future, as the mikvah ensures the continuity of pure Jewish children, for generations to come.

Building a mikvah is a complicated, expensive project. It involves a team of professionals, hundreds of hours of supervision by Rabbinical experts, and exact attention to myriad details. The combination of architectural marvel, Rabbinical expertise and lavish extravagance are truly a tribute to the power of the Jewish woman, who brings holiness into her home by using the mikvah.

The kosher mikvah contains about 250 gallons of pure rainwater, along with a comprehensive filtration system. In addition to adhering to the technical laws, the mikvah should be beautiful, sanitary, inviting and offer a friendly positive experience.

Chabad Israel Center of Staten Island has embarked on a campaign to build a community mikvah. The mikvah will be built as an attachment to the back of the Center. The budget for this project is $700,000. Please join us in this holy and special endeavor and contribute generously. Click here to make a donation.