By COLlive reporter
After 8 years of planning, Chabad Columbus in Ohio celebrated a ribbon-cutting for their newly built $1.3 million Mikvah Toras Imecha in New Albany on October 10.
Construction on the Mikvah which was designed by Miriam Sandman was completed in 2020 and was immediately put into use. The grand opening ceremony was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants of the event this week were addressed by renowned speaker Rabbi YY Jacobson.
“The Mikvah has been in use from literally the very moment it was ready,” says the Shlucha Esther Kaltmann. “A woman who came for the very first time was moved to tears, as she never experienced Yiddishkeit on a level as beautiful as her experience at our Mikvah.”
Rabbi Baruch Cywiak from the Mikvah USA organization commented: “Out of the 75 Mikvot that I was involved in building across the USA, this Mikvah in Columbus stands among the top 3 ever built, if not the nicest in terms of its sheer beauty.”
The Mikvah’s beauty has drawn a nonstop response from women all over the community, many of whom did not even know about Mikva before its opening.
“There is a board member at MOMA, (the Museum of Modern Art in New York) who, after seeing the Mikva shared that after years of traveling the world, has never seen a spa as beautiful as this,” Shliach Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann shared.
A first-time Mikvah user opened up about her experience, summing up the exact purpose of why the Mikva was built, “My perception of the Mikva has completely changed after using the new Mikvah at Chabad Columbus. Never have I felt so spiritually connected.
The person added, “The Mikva’s impact has drawn me closer to Judaism in a way I never expected. My kids have joined the Chabad Hebrew School for the first time and my family has never been so involved in Jewish life. I truly trace it back to the inspiration I felt using the Chabad Mikvah.”