About Our Community Mikveh:
Why do people come to the Mikveh?
Mikveh is an ancient Jewish spiritual practice, designed to help mark life’s significant transitions (read more about mikveh here).
Some traditional uses of the mikveh include: conversion to Judaism, preparation for a wedding or for becoming a parent, readying oneself for Shabbat or holidays, and taharat hamishpacha, the practice of monthly immersion following a woman’s menstrual cycle. In addition, people come to our Community Mikveh to give a sacred dimension to other significant personal milestones, including birthdays, professional and relationship transitions, graduations, recovery from serious illness, pregnancy loss/infertility, and more. We welcome you to call us at 310-440-1221 for a confidential conversation about the many uses of mikveh, to see if it is right for you.
Is the Mikveh clean?
Our Mikveh uses an advanced, natural salt filtration system that makes sure the water is consistently pure and clean. PH levels are checked weekly by a certified pool professional, who oversees that the mikveh meets the strictest cleanliness standards. In addition, the mikveh is drained and completely scrubbed down every three months, in accordance with California State health codes.
Is the Mikveh warm?
Our Mikveh is heated to a perfectly comfortable body temperature of 98F/36C.
Is the Mikveh kosher?
Yes. AJU’s Community Mikveh was designed by Rabbi Ben-Zion Bergman (of blessed memory), an internationally recognized authority in mikveh construction and longstanding member of the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. It is currently under the halakhic supervision of Rabbi Daniel Shevitz, Professor of Talmud at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.
Making an Appointment:
How do I make an appointment to use the Mikveh?
To schedule a mikveh immersion please call us at 310-440-1221 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to be Jewish to use the Mikveh?
Ritual immersions are for those who are Jewish or are coming for purposes of conversion. We welcome people from any religious background to visit the Community Mikveh for a tour and to support family and friends who are immersing.
Who can come to Mikveh? Can LGBTQ people?
We welcome people of all gender identities to use the Community Mikveh.
Can I immerse in the Mikveh if I am menstruating?
We ask that you refrain from immersion during menstruation. We understand that this can sometimes cause difficulty with pre-scheduled conversion appointments, and we will work with you to schedule a time to return after the conclusion of your cycle.
Can I immerse in the Mikveh if I have tattoos or piercings?
You may immerse with tattoos. With regard to piercings, the general principle is that nothing artificial should come between you and the water. If a piercing can be safely removed, it should be taken out prior to immersion. However, we understand that some piercings cannot be easily taken out without professional assistance. In these circumstances, please contact us 310-440-1221 or email us at email@example.com to discuss.
Can I immerse in the Mikveh if I have gel or acrylic nails?
You are able to immerse with gel or acrylic nails, provided they are designed to stay on for 30 days or more. However, you must remove any nail polish before your immersion.
Who should not immerse in Mikveh?
We ask that immersion does not take place when you may have a communicable disease, sores, or open wounds. Please be responsible, respectful, and aware that other people will be using the space after you and reschedule an appointment if you have reason to believe you might be currently contagious.
Can two people use the Mikveh at the same time?
Our Community Mikveh takes the Jewish value of tzniut (“modesty”) very seriously, and therefore only one person can enter the mikveh at a time. The exceptions are for a conversion of a child, in which one or both parents may enter the water in bathing suits to help facilitate that child’s immersion and for those with mobility needs who require assistance getting into or out of the pool.
Will anyone be with me during my immersion?
A same-gender mikveh witness is typically present to ensure that the ritual is done correctly, meaning that the entire body, including hair, is immersed under the water and to provide guidance and support through this sacred process. Mikveh witnesses ensure the modesty and privacy of the ritual by covering their faces as an individual enters or exits the water, and stand at a respectful distance from the mikveh, so they can only directly see the individual’s upper torso.
What should I bring with me for my appointment?
We provide everything you will need. You may choose to bring flip-flops/shower shoes and your own toothbrush, if you prefer. If your immersion is for conversion, please make sure you bring any relevant documents to your appointment.
Do you take walk-ins?
Our mikveh is appointment based to ensure that everyone has an unrushed, peaceful experience. However, if you are on campus and would like to stop in and see if we have availability, we will try to accommodate.
What if my question wasn’t answered?
If you have additional questions, concerns, or special needs that we did not address please contact our office at 310-440-1221 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you.