The Mikvah 

 

 

Stanley and Esther Waxman Community Mikvah (Beachwood Mikvah)

COVID-19 Protocols
Updated June 4, 2020

The Mikvah, with the guidance of infectious disease doctors, national mikvaos, and our
local Rabbonim, has established protocols to ensure, to the best of our abilities, that
attending the mikvah will be a safe, calm and healthy experience.  We appreciate your
assistance in adhering to the protocol to help us maintain a high standard for the
wellbeing of all in our community. We daven that Hashem will reward the mesirus
nefesh of keeping this mitzvah with yeshuos and refuos I”yh.  
 
 Take your temperature before coming to the mikvah. If it’s above 100.2 or if you
are ill, please do not come.  We will take your temperature upon arrival at the
mikvah at our discretion and if you have not taken it before coming. 
 Please wear a mask when arriving at the mikvah.  Homemade masks are
acceptable as well. 
 If you answer “yes” to any of the following screening questions, please
contact Deena Davidovich 216-338-4685 BEFORE coming to the mikvah.
You may not come if you are symptomatic. You may come 14 days after
symptoms begin, providing that you have felt well for at least 3 days at that
point.   

Screening questions:

 During the last 14 days, have you tested positive for Covid-19 or had contact with
anyone who has lab-confirmed COVID-19, is under investigation for COVID-19,
or is hospitalized or being treated at home for a respiratory or febrile illness?
 Have you or anyone living in your house had any of the following symptoms in the past
14 days?
o Fever or chills
o Unexplained cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat
o Pneumonia/flu symptoms
o Loss of smell or change in the sense of taste
o Diarrhea
o Tiredness, ache
 Have you travelled out of state or had guests from out of state in the last 2
weeks?
·         Any woman who is immuno-compromised should contact Deena Davidovich at
216-338-4685 and we will arrange to accommodate this need.
·         For yom tov and Friday night usage, please contact Deena Davidovich as
early in the week as possible at 216-338-4685 to make an appointment.
·         Please do all preparations, including bathing and showering at home. No baths
or showers will be taken at the mikvah.  The mikvah will not provide supplies, other
than towels and disposable slippers.   Please do not bring your own.
·         Upon arrival at the mikvah, please remain in your car and text the mikvah lady. 
She will contact you with instructions when a room is available.  Please call 216-
381-3170 and press 2 for the attendant’s number for that night.  

·         To minimize contamination risk, please leave all personal items, jewelry,
pocketbooks and other unnecessary items at home or in your car.
·         We have implemented strict social distancing protocols, ensuring no close
human contact during the entire Mikvah visit with the attendant or other users.
Attendants will wear masks and gloves.
·         Rooms are sanitized between patrons.
·         Wash your hands when you arrive in the preparation room.
·         After checking yourself, please wear the slippers and towel provided and wash
your hands again immediately before entering the immersion room.
·         When you are ready, please buzz the attendant.  When she is ready, she will
instruct you to go directly into the water, at which point she will enter to supervise
your tevillah.  
·         You may leave your towel and glasses on the floor mat which was put down
fresh for you at the top of the steps.  
·         After your tevillah, please look at the attendant (instead of touching her).  She will
then exit the room.  
·         According to the CDC website:
“There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of
pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine
and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes
COVID-19.”
·         Please note that we continue to work diligently to maintain a safe chemical level.
·         Please help us maintain the standard by using the disinfecting wipe provided to
wipe the railing on your way out of the mikvah.  
·      Upon returning to your room, please wash your hands again.  When you are
ready to leave, please wash your hands once more in your room. 
·         Please leave the facility as quickly as possible, without any extras like drying
hair.  Help us minimize the amount of time you spend at the mikvah to minimize risk
to yourself and others.
·         Please wash your hands often, including when entering and before exiting your
room both times.  Please refrain from using the hall or waiting room sinks.
·         Although not usually Halachically advised, during the current pandemic, after
indicating to her husband that she went to the mikvah, a woman should shower
when arriving home. She should also wash her clothing.  
·         Please pay mikvah fee of $25 as well as any bedikah cloth purchases online at
 
Please check the mikvah website or call the mikvah recording 216-381-3170 (listen and
then press 1) for updates each time you come as the situation evolves. (This is version
6 of the protocol)

Payment for Mikvah can be made to the KBB Mikvah Fund. 

 

 

The rules regarding the construction of a mikvah are complicated. The immersion itself must take place in a pool which is

· a spring (ma'yan) or a well of naturally occurring water, containing a certain minimum quantity of water, or

· connected in a halakhically prescribed manner to one of the above

Traditionally, the mikvah was used by both men and women for various purposes. Everyone was required to immerse in a mikvah after coming into contact with the dead or other ritually unclean ( tamei mikvah). Metzoroim (individuals affected with a certain skin condition that is unknown today) were required to immerse as part of the ritual followed upon healing, priests were required to immerse before performing certain Temple rites or before eating Terumah.) objects before they could be allowed to eat holy food or enter the Temple in Jerusalem (although to be purified from contact with the dead, sprinkling with the ashes of the Red Heifer was needed prior to immersion in a

Ancient mikvahs dating from Temple times (predating 70 CE) can be found throughout the Land of Israel, as well as in the diaspora.

For more information, follow this link on Mikvah's

 

Women & the Mikvah:

Tevilah (immersion in a mikvah), for women, is required in contemporary Orthodox Jewish practice in the following circumstances:

(Obligatory in Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism)

1.Following the niddah period after menstruation,prior to resuming marital relations

2. Following the niddah period after childbirth, prior to resuming marital relations

3. By a bride, before the day of her wedding

Men & the Mikvah:

Men are to use the Mikvah:

1. Before a Jewish holiday, according to the custom of some communities

2. Weekly before Shabbat, under Hasidic and Haredi customs

3. Every day (including Shabbat and Holidays), under hasidic and some haredi customs

4. By a bridegroom, on the day of his wedding

5. By a father, prior to the circumcision of his son

6. By a kohen prior to a service in which he will recite the priestly blessing, according to the custom of some communities

 

Vessels & the Mikvah:

Immersion in a mikvah is required only for utensils that were manufactured or ever owned by a non-Jew. Even those that were previously used without having been immersed still require immersion, after thorough cleaning, and koshering if necessary.

Types of Vessels Requiring Immersion with a blessing:

  1. Vessels of metal or glass made for eating, drinking, cooking, roasting, frying, or heating up water for drinking. (Examples: Correlle dishes, silverware, pots and pans, glazed china, kettle, and those parts of a mixer or blender which come into direct contact with food.)
  2. Utensil is made of two different materials, only one of which requires immersion, immersion is usually required.
  3. Plastic Utensils: It is preferable to immerse plastic items without a blessing.

Utensils that do not require immersion are:

  1. Those made of wood, paper, bone, or unglazed earthenware.
  2. Disposable utensils such as plastic cups or plates which are not fit for long-term use and which one normally discards after using.

Remove any substance that would interfere between the water of the mikvah and the surface of the utensil, such as dirt, rust, stickers, glue from labels, and price markings. Steel wool and/or acetone (nail polish remover) are sometimes needed to remove all traces of surface markings.

Recite the blessing (if applicable):

BA-RUCH A-TAH ADO-NOI ELO-HAI-NU ME-LECH HA'O-LAM A-SHER KID-SHA-NU B'-MITZ-VO-TAV V'TZI-VA-NU AL TE-VI-LAT KE-LI* (*When immersing several items at the same time say KAI-LIM instead of KE-LI).

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with His command­ments, and commanded us concerning the immersion of a vessel (vessels).

Dip each utensil once into the water. Remove your fingers from the utensil so the water can surround it completely. Remove and rinse.