In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the procedures and protocols for Mikveh use will be adjusted for the foreseeable future.
Before scheduling immersion, please read this document thoroughly and feel free to call or email with any questions.
1. Nobody who has any symptoms – cough, fever, flu or cold symptoms, etc. should come to the mikveh. When arriving for your appointment you will be asked to respond to a series of questions ensuring that you and everyone in your household is in good health before using the mikveh.
2. The mikveh pool will follow suggested CDC guidelines, including routine oversight to ensure proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (with chlorine) of the pool.
3. Only one mikveh immersion will be scheduled per day in order to assure thorough cleaning and sanitization of the entire space between uses. Please make sure to make appointments well in advance of the desired date of immersion.
4. All preparation for immersion must be done at home, including showers. Borrowed personal care items will not be available for use. Please bring your own towel and bag to store belongings.
5. If the Mikveh is going to be used for the purpose of conversion to Judaism, Beit Din may not take place in the mikveh reception room. When scheduling, please also reserve the Bendalin conference room or the CBI Chapel for Beit Din.
6. Gathering in the Mikveh reception room should be limited to two people (other than the one immersing and the officiant/attendant), and should only take place during the immersion itself. The outside door to the mikveh reception room should be kept open in order to encourage air circulation. Please wear face masks and maintain six feet of social distance at all times when inside the mikveh and the mikveh reception room.
We thank you for your understanding and adherence to these temporary changes in policy and protocol. The mikveh is a holy space, and part of maintaining its sanctity means maintaining its safety.
The Stein Family Community Mikveh at Congregation Beth Israel is the first Mikveh in the State of Arizona which can be used by all members of the Jewish community regardless of affiliation with any particular movement or Synagogue. It exists for the ritual use of the Jewish community for rituals both commanded by our tradition and created in modernity to mark life’s transitions.
Our Mikveh was certified for use according to Jewish law – halakha – by three rabbinic authorities. Rabbi Ben Zion Bergman (a Conservative Rabbi), who is a Professor Emeritus of Rabbinic Literature at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and Rabbi Yaacov Love (an Orthodox Rabbi), the Associate Chair in the Department of Halakha at Yeshiva Chovevei Torah in New York City and Rabbi Stephen Kahn of Congregation Beth Israel.
For information about the mikveh, or to make a reservation please call (480) 951-0323.