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Mikvah Ohel Leah

Mikvah Ohel Leah, dedicated in February 2013, on the Rabbi Bernard E. Rothman Torah Campus of Congregation Sons of Israel is a state of the art facility with modern comforts and security, meeting the highest Halachic standards, constructed with the assistance of Mikvah USA.

  • Spa-like ambiance for a relaxing spiritual experience
  • Three luxurious preparation rooms
  • Complimentary individually wrapped supplies
  • Plush towels and spa robes
  • Make-up and Beauty Bar with hair dryers

Special procedures to protect everyone during the Covid-19 pandemic

Our highest priority is ensuring that attending the mikvah is a safe, secure, and healthy experience for all women, including users and attendants. In addition to our established guidelines, we have implemented updated protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These have been prepared and approved by local medical experts and are consistent with the best practices of community Mikvaos throughout North America. The Halachic implications of these changes have been approved by the community Rabbonim.

The Mikvah attendants and staff are following a detailed and extensive set of guidelines. The following points summarize these guidelines for our Mikvah users:

1.       All Mikvah staff and users will be screened before being allowed to enter the Mikvah (see screening questions below). Only women who are symptom-free may use the Mikvah. If you are symptom-free but have been exposed to someone with the virus, you may not use the Mikvah for 14 days following that exposure. If you have been ordered to be under self-quarantine for any other reason, you may not use the Mikvah. Women are required to take their temperature at home regardless of symptoms prior to coming to the Mikvah.

2.       The Mikvah will be operating on a Friday night protocol. All preparations must be completed at home before coming to the Mikvah.

3.       Appointments must be scheduled to allow proper spacing of appointments to minimize exposure.

4.     In order to maintain social distancing, upon arrival to the Mikvah parking lot, the user must call the Mikvah attendant (see Mikvah schedule for specific numbers) for screening, even if previously completed when the appointment was scheduled. The attendant will notify the user when she can enter the Mikvah for her appointment. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this period of enhanced screening.

5.     To minimize contamination, all users should leave their pocketbooks and other unnecessary items at home or in their cars. Please pay for your mikvah visit with cash or check if you do not have an annual pass.  If you are using a check, please bring your own pen to fill it out. All payments should be dropped into the box provided at the reception desk, so that no attendant needs to touch your payment.

6.     Users will be directed to a preparation room to change for Tevila. No showers or baths are permitted at the Mikvah under any circumstances.

7.     Every user must bring 2 of her own laundered towels, a robe, and flip flops for use at the Mikvah. The second towel will be used in place of the bathmat in front of the Mikvah pool.  No towels, robes, or slippers will be provided.

8.     Every user must wash her hands with antibacterial soap before coming to the Mikvah. It is critical that she washes them thoroughly again in the prep room before entering the Mikvah pool for immersion.

9.     Mikvah attendants will maintain a six-foot distance at all times.

10.   All users should check their own hands and feet thoroughly prior to entering the Mikvah pool. The Mikvah attendant can check your back visually from a distance to ensure that there are no stray hairs, dirt, etc. Direct contact (i.e. personal touch) between the Mikvah Attendant and users is absolutely prohibited.

11.   All laundry must be taken home with the user. No personal property is to remain at the Mikvah. Any property left at the Mikvah will be discarded.

12.   Although not usually Halachically advised, during the current pandemic, it is permissible for a woman to shower when arriving home if she desires.

13.   When finished using the prep room, women must wipe down the surfaces in the room, including the bathroom vanity and doorknobs with a disinfectant wipe. There are wipes and gloves available in each room.

14.   All users are strongly encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap before leaving the prep room when returning home. (The netilas yadayim sink at the building exit will not be available for use.)

15.   For Friday night usage, please maintain a safe distance between users if you arrive before the mikvah attendant. The attendant will bring all women into the building and will immediately send you to your sanitized prep room. Women should not wait for one another to leave the mikvah to walk home.

16.   The Mikvah has contracted with our cleaning crew to be there on a daily basis. This is in addition to the cleaning done by the attendants in the evenings. Disinfectants are being used, and we are specifically focusing on all handheld items, doorknobs and counters. We are requesting an additional $5 donation to help defray this added cost.

17.   All of the mikvah pools are filtered and brominated, and chemical levels are checked daily to ensure the safety of the water. According to the CDC, no traces of COVID-19 have been detected in drinking water, and there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through pools or hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection will remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. For more information, visit the CDC website.

          Thank you for your diligence in following the above protocols for the safety of our entire community.  Please contact us at MikvahOhelLeah@gmail.com if you have any further questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Rebbetzin Debi Epstein and Mrs. Shari Goldberg

Screening questions:

  1. During the last 14 days, have you had contact with anyone who has lab-confirmed COVID-19, is under investigation for COVID-19, or is hospitalized or being treated at home for a respiratory or febrile illness?
  2. Have you had any of the following symptoms in the past 14 days?
              Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher?
              Cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
              Pneumonia/flu symptoms?
  3. Have you traveled outside of the US in the last 14 days?

Women are required to take their temperature at home regardless of symptoms prior to coming to the Mikvah.

Anyone who answers “yes” to any of the above questions may not enter the Mikvah facility under any circumstances.

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Mikvah Ohel Leah
720 Cooper Landing Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781