Construction for the Phoenix Mikvah is in progress this summer with plans to open by Rosh Hashanah.
As of this week, the basic exterior was complete — the walls and roof — and work was scheduled to begin on the interior, such as plumbing and electrical work, according to Rabbi Avraham Cohn, director of the Phoenix Mikvah.
The roofers have now installed all of the trusses and are currently working on the top of the roof, according to a June 30 email update, noting that the goal is to complete the roof before the coming monsoon season.
“With some hard work and many tefillos (prayers) we will be ready to fill the boros (pools) by the end of the summer,” the email read, “even without the rest of the building fully completed.”
Last month, a special guest — the Pupa Rebbe from Brooklyn, Grand Rabbi Yaakov Chizkiah Greenwald — visited the mikvah site. He was in the state to visit a wheat crop in Yuma, where wheat is harvested to be used in Passover matzah. Pupa is a Chasidic dynasty named after the Hungarian town of its origin.
A mikvah is a ritual bath of fresh “living” water (such as rainwater) used for spiritual purification. In traditional households, a wife immerses in the mikvah monthly after menstruation. The mikvah is also often used before the High Holidays or Shabbat; as part of the conversion process; and by brides and grooms before their wedding.
The new mikvah, located at 840 E. Maryland Ave., will also serve as a Jewish family resource center, and women working at the mikvah will be trained to guide those who may be experiencing family issues such as infertility, domestic violence or mental health concerns.
The new state-of-the-art facility will have spa-like amenities and also include a men’s mikvah with a separate entrance (some men have the custom of visiting a mikvah before Shabbat and holidays) and a keilim mikvah for vessels. There will also be four preparation rooms for the women’s mikvah, plus a deluxe room for brides. The mikvah will not be used for conversions, but the center will be available for tours and will offer educational programs about family purity laws and the Torah view of a healthy marriage.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 2016. To date, $675,000 has been raised, Cohn said. A building campaign is under way to raise an additional $50,000 to pay off the building and $300,000 to finish the building.
For dedication opportunities, contact Cohn at (718) 809-1922 or firstname.lastname@example.org. JN