Mikvah Timeline

With gratitude to Hashem, the Lower Merion community is embarking on a much anticipated initiative to build a new Mikvah with the financial leadership of the Lower Merion Synagogue. Located on a residential block with ample parking, the property affords our community the opportunity to build a Mikvah that will be the pride of our neighborhood. The new Mikvah will vastly improve the beauty, joy and modesty of this important mitzvah.


With the collaborative effort of the Orthodox community of the Mainline, the Lower Merion Community Mikvah will be a source of unity and continuity for many years to come.

What is a Mikvah?

The word “Mikvah” comes from the Hebrew word to gather. A Mikvah is a natural body of water or gathering of water that is connected to a specially designed and designated immersion pool. The water that fills the Mikvah comes from a flowing source, such as such as spring water, rainwater or even melted snow. The Mikvah water, with the status of Mayim Chayim “living water”, symbolizes purity, rejuvenation and rebirth. Tikvah or hope shares the same root word as Mikvah. For thousands of years, Jewish families have embraced the mitzvah of Mikvah, hoping and praying to infuse their lives and homes with Jewish values, spirituality and holiness.

Since the time the Beit HaMikdash stood in Yerushalayim, the Mikvah has been used to regain ritual purity according to the laws outlined in the Torah and Rabbinic works. Women use the Mikvah as a bride, after menstruation or childbirth as part of observance of Taharat HaMishpacha. Men customarily used the Mikvah as a groom on his wedding day, on Erev Yom Kippur, and some use the Mikvah before each Shabbat and holiday or even daily before morning Tefillah. Mikvah is also used for the immersion of new glass and metal dishes, pots and utensils.

Participating Institutions

  • Aish Philadelphia
  • 50 Montgomery Avenue
  • Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
  • Chabad of the Main Line
  • 625 Montgomery Avenue
  • Merion Station, PA 19066
  • Congregation Beth Hamedrosh
  • 200 Haverford Road
  • Wynnewood, PA 19096
  • Philadelphia Community Kollel
  • 364 Montgomery Avenue
  • Merion Station, PA 19066
  • Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia
  • 6063 Drexel Road
  • Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • The Lower Merion Synagogue
  • 123 Old Lancaster Road
  • Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
  • Young Israel of the Main Line
  • 273 Montgomery Avenue
  • Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
  • Aish Philadelphia
  • 50 Montgomery Avenue
  • Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
  • Chabad of the Main Line
  • 625 Montgomery Avenue
  • Merion Station, PA 19066
  • Congregation Beth Hamedrosh
  • 200 Haverford Road
  • Wynnewood, PA 19096
  • Philadelphia Community Kollel
  • 364 Montgomery Avenue
  • Merion Station, PA 19066
  • Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia
  • 6063 Drexel Road
  • Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • The Lower Merion Synagogue
  • 123 Old Lancaster Road
  • Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
  • Young Israel of the Main Line
  • 273 Montgomery Avenue
  • Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

CONTACT US

  • Adina Shmidman
  • Dini Steinberg
  • 484.808.LMCM (5626)
  • info@LMCMikvah.org

Building for the future is both a privilege and a responsibility for all of us, as our community grows and thrives. It is our hope that everyone will enthusiastically take part in this unique opportunity and make a meaningful five year commitment to this vital project, the Lower Merion Community Mikvah.

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