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Many Jews see the shul as the central institution in Jewish life, but Halacha states that constructing a mikvah takes precedence even over building a shul. Both a shul and a Sefer Torah may be sold to raise funds for building mikvah. In fact, in the eyes of Chazal, Jewish families living together only attain the status of “community” once they have a communal mikvah.
But Chazal didn’t stop with necessity. They wanted the Mikvah to be cherished by the women who use it and by the community that supports it. They wanted the Mikvah to be welcoming, peaceful and beautiful.
This is so for a simple reason: we can learn Torah at home, make a minyan on the train and give tzedaka at work. But to build a future generation bikedusha uvitahara we need a mikvah.
As the NW community continues its remarkable growth, the need for the first established community mikvah refurbishment becomes increasingly urgent.
The Shirehall lane Mikvah will serve the Hendon and Golders green residents and its neighboring communities with an elegant, state-of-the-art environment for the observance of this beautiful and timeless mitzvah.
With the incredible growth of our community comes an awesome responsibility to accommodate not only its physical requirements but its spiritual needs as well.
Your generous donation to the Shirehall lane Mikvah Campaign will help us meet that sacred obligation, now and for generations to come.