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Mikvah

Rachel’s Well, Portland’s Community Mikvah (Havurah's Mikvah Liaison: Evan King)

Interior of Rachel's Well Community Mikvah - Photo by Josh Partee

Rachel's Well Community Mikvah (Photo Credit: Josh Partee)

What is a Mikvah? 

A Mikvah is a Jewish ritual bath requiring "living waters" sourced from rain. Natural bodies of water are all kosher mikvahs. The ritual of immersion is rooted in centuries of tradition and is a way for Jews to experience an embodied spirituality that can connect us to God, our bodies, our ancestors and the water cycles of our planet. 

What is the Mikvah used for? 

A Mikvah is a Jewish sacred space designed to support Jewish ritual life and the personal transitions of individuals and families in the community. We welcome those visiting the Mikvah for traditional reasons like: women immersing monthly (niddah/taharat ha-mishpacha), getting married, making dishes kosher, conversion, and preparing spiritually for Shabbat and holidays. 
 
Equally welcome and encouraged are creative reasons to immerse, such as to celebrate a major life transition or change in status. Examples of this type of visit are varied but include reaching a milestone birthday, acknowledging a diagnosis or recovery from illness, marking the end of a mourning period, becoming a bar or bat mitzvah, coming out, transitioning, or celebrating an anniversary. 

Who can use the Mikvah? 

Anyone who identifies as Jewish is welcome to experience Rachel's Well Community Mikvah. It is customary to give tzedakah (a contribution) when visiting a Mikvah. No one will be turned away for inability to make a donation. 

Want to know more? 
Evan King is Havurah Shalom’s liaison to Rachel’s Well Community Mikvah. Please reach out to Evan King directly to get more information. Evan is a trained mikvah guide. Evan’s gender-queer identity has made them a valuable resource for those who have not traditionally felt welcome at mikvahs.

 

Tue, June 18 2024 12 Sivan 5784