By COLlive reporter
Construction on the Union Street Mikvah in Crown Heights – the Rebbe’s Mikvah – is set to begin in the coming weeks, COLlive.com was told.
The committee who has been working tirelessly to see this happen, say that restoring the Mikvah will be “an appropriate birthday present for the Rebbe.”
The committee members include Nechama Hackner, Sheina Levin, Rochel Chitrik and Detty Leverton.
After years of use, the Mikvah, located on the corner of Union Street and Albany Avenue, is now in need of repair, and must be expanded to service the growing community.
Phase one of the renovation project is planned for building an all new entrance and rooms and restoring the Mikvah that the Rebbe used.
Plans have been drawn up for the project, which will cost an estimated $2 million.
A luxurious Kallah room is planned, in memory of Chana Raskin Wolvovsky OBM, with funds collected by her friends.
The renovations are being done under the advisement of veteran Mikvah expert Rabbi Gershon Grossbaum of Minnesota and Rabbi Levi Garelik of Crown Heights.
Mrs. Rosalyn Malamud, Director of the Mikvah for the past 25 years, said: “The Rebbe was personally involved in every phase of the building of the Mikvah – and considered it of the utmost importance that it was built.”
Malamud told COLlive the Rebbe once sold 770 Eastern Parkway through a local realtor to raise the funds to build the Mikvah the first time it was built.
“The Rebbe was very disappointed that money was not being raised fast enough, so he sold 770 to show how critical and vital the project was to him personally,” she says.
Dedication opportunities are available, including the Mikvah, entrance, or preparation rooms. For more information contact Detty Leverton at 718-953-9311.