November 18, 2014
New York, NY
JOFA has always been committed to empowering women especially in the area of ritual. Mikvaot are sacred spaces that are meant to be safe, spiritual, and meaningful. Below is a list of best practices currently employed bymikvaot across the globe. We have compiled this list in order to share with individuals and communities practices that may improve their local mikvaot. Please feel free to share this list and use it as a means to better the mikvah experience.
Mikvah is a complex issue. For some women, it is a welcome and celebrated experience, for others it may be a harrowing and challenging one, while for others, it may just be something that they'd like to get through quickly and painlessly. Whatever the nature of the experience, it is a uniquely female and personal one. Many mikvaot are women-centered, safe and sensitive and they empower women to experience mikvah in a dignified, respectful, and healthy way. This is a list of Mikvah Best Practices that various Orthodox and community mikvaot currently have in place. It is our hope that in sharing this list of Mikvah Best Practices we can encourage all mikvaot to move towards meeting these standards.
For an interactive session on the mikvah experience and and a panel on mikveh as it relates to conversion, join us at the 2014 JOFA UnConference on Sunday, November 23.