About Mikveh Bess Israel
What is a Mikveh?
A MIKVEH is a powerful bridge, linking us with generation upon generation of Jewish women who, throughout the centuries and throughout the world, have braved distance, weather, danger and ridicule rather than forsake the tradition: witness the mikvehs built on Masada two thousand years ago and the secret mikvehs built in our own day at great risk by Russian Jews rediscovering their Jewish roots.
A MIKVEH is the Wellspring of Jewish marriage, creating a framework for the total relationship between husband and wife through a shared commitment.
A MIKVEH affirms the individuality of the woman and protects her right to separateness, self-direction and self fulfillment.
The mission of Mikveh Bess Israel is to provide the Jewish community with a safe and sacred space for cleansing and purification.
Mikveh Bess Israel was founded by European immigrants in 1852 as part of their effort to develop permanent Jewish roots in the Hartford Area. A century later, Holocaust survivors saw in the mikveh a source of renewal in their adopted home. Their generation incorporated the mikveh as a nonprofit organization. Although the mikveh has relocated a number of times since its inception, each transition has furthered the mission of the mikveh to provide the Jewish community with a safe and sacred space for cleansing and purification.
To learn more about the Mikveh Bess Israel, visit our website at http://www.bessisrael.org.