Phoenix may only receive an average of 8.04 inches of precipitation per year, but the Phoenix Mikvah is planning to put every drop of it to use once the building is completed.
The exterior of the Phoenix Mikvah is finished, including the flat foam roof that will channel rainwater via a pipe into a bor, a water tank that stores and directs the water to the respective mikvah pools.
The interior is still under construction, with painting, electrical and non-finish plumbing completed. The tile is currently being installed. Rabbi Avraham Cohn, director of the Phoenix Mikvah, said they hope to have the mikvah open by late December or early January.
To help with this final push and to put the mikvah on a strong financial footing moving forward, a “100 For 100k” fundraising campaign that aims to get 100 people or families to donate $1,000 each has been initiated. Donors to the campaign will receive a special honorable mention at the groundbreaking ceremony. With 20 people already signed up, Cohn said he is confident in the mikvah’s future.
When completed, the mikvah will encompass roughly 4,000 square feet and will include a number of spa-like amenities, such as a separate men’s mikvah with its own entrance, and a keilim mikvah for vessels. The women’s side will have four preparation rooms, plus a special room serving as a bridal suite.
A mikvah is a ritual bath used for a number of purposes in the Jewish faith, including ritual purification for women. They are also used by grooms and brides before a wedding and in the conversion process. Some men visit the mikvah in preparation for Shabbat and other holidays. Several religious institutions around the Valley have mikvahs on-site, including Temple Beth Israel in Scottsdale and the Chabad of Phoenix.
The Phoenix Mikvah, however, is an independent entity not directly linked to any synagogue or other religious organization, though a number of rabbis have been involved in helping to plan and support the project.
“We specifically set the mikvah up like that, because it is supposed to be for everybody,” Cohn said.
As it is located in a residential area, Tom Maurer of R.E. Spurr Construction, the company in charge of building the mikvah, said planners were sensitive with the exterior architecture, electing to use a traditional Southwest stucco and mission tiles in order to blend in with the surrounding buildings and homes.
Although a firm opening date has yet to be set, Cohn said there will be a grand opening once the construction is completed. JN
To donate, contact Cohn at (718) 809-1922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.