The Mikvah

For thousands of years, Jewish women have cherished the mitzvah of Mikvah as an opportunity to infuse their lives and their homes with spirituality and holiness. According to tradition, water symbolizes purity, life and the abundance of G-d’s blessings. Participation in the mitzvah of Mikvah is a bond between each Jewish woman and the generations who have preceded her, between husband and wife, and between each of us and G-d. The mitzvah of Mikvah affords us an opportunity for introspection and renewal.

The Mikvah attendant is here to help you fulfill this mitzvah in the best possible way. If you would like her assistance please request it. If there is anything we can do to help make your Mikvah experience more fulfilling, please do not hesitate to ask.
Our goal is to make your experience at the West Side Mikvah both comfortable and meaningful. Please leave us a note in the suggestion box in the reception area or send us an e-mail using the contact form if there is anything we can do to enhance your fulfillment of this mitzvah.

If you would like to join the Mikvah Committee or have any suggestions please feel free to contact us.

-The Mikvah Committee

Procedures

Upon entering the Mikvah reception area you will be greeted by a receptionist who will assign you a room. At this time you will be requested to pay the Mikvah fee. The attendant will escort you down the central corridor to your preparation room which you will find equipped with towels, a robe and many toiletry supplies.

Please feel free to request any other items that you might need by ringing the Need Assistance button. Of course, you are also welcome to bring your own favorite supplies.

When you have completed your preparations and are ready for tevilah (immersion) please ring the Ready for Tevilah button. The Mikvah attendant will escort you down the outer corridor to the Mikvah pool. Please use the disposable slippers, as the floor may be slippery.

If you would like the Mikvah attendant to help you, please feel free to ask for her assistance. If you would like the Mikvah attendant to look over your hands and feet, please show them to her. If you do not wish to be checked at all, please tell the Mikvah attendant that you do not wish to be checked.

It is important that one’s entire body, including one’s hair, be immersed in the water. The primary role of the Mikvah attendant is to ensure that this occurs.

Many women like to take a moment before or during immersion in the Mikvah to communicate a personal prayer to G-d.

The Mikvah attendant will escort you back to your preparation room. When you are dressed, please exit through the door leading into the central corridor. There are hair dryers in the Drying Room for your use.

Hours

The Mikvah opens in the evening, one half hour before sunset. The time of tevilah is one half hour after sunset.

The women’s mikvah opens today at 7:53 PM

Time of tevilah is 8:53 PM

During the winter months the Mikvah will close at 10:00 P.M.

During the summer months the Mikvah will close at 10:30 P.M.

For special arrangements, and for Friday and Yom Tov evenings, please call Gita at 646-812-7798 in advance to make an appointment. To use the Bridal Room, please call Gita at 646-812-7798 in advance to make an appointment. The fee for special Bridal appointments is $50.

The Kelim Mikvah is open for use during the hours of 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. only.

The Men’s Mikvah is open on Friday and Erev Yom Tov until one hour before candle-lighting, or by appointment. Men may not use the Kelim Mikvah in the evening and are asked not to wait outside the Mikvah during the women’s evening hours.

Fees

Single use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30.00

Annual membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $360.00

If you are unexpectedly delayed, we will do our best to accommodate you. Please call the Mikvah before 10:00 P.M. in order to request that the Mikvah attendant wait for you. To compensate the Mikvah attendant for her time, there will be an additional fee for arrivals after 10:00 p.m. in the winter and after 10:30 p.m. in the summer.

Contact

If you would like to join the Mikvah Commitee or have any suggestions, please feel free to email the Mikvah or call at the number below.