WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY MIKVAH @ ADAS ISRAEL
Immersion. Connection. Renewal.
The Adas Israel Community Mikvah
We are a kosher, community mikvah serving the DC/MD/NoVA area, and we welcome visits from any Jewish person for any reason. The mikvah is rooted in centuries of Jewish tradition. It is a place where a Jewish person can experience an embodied spirituality. By taking time to connect to the body, the Jewish people, and the earth's natural water cycles, a person can become rooted in the present moment, even at a time of profound change.
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A mikvah is a Jewish ritual bath. Kosher mikvahs require “living water.” This includes rain, lake, ocean, or river water. In indoor mikvahs, rainwater flows into filtered, purified tap water. A person will immerse in the mikvah and say a blessing to mark a transition in their life and prepare for a new state of being.
The mikvah is rooted in centuries of Jewish tradition. It is a place where a Jewish person can experience an embodied spirituality. By taking time to connect to the body, the Jewish people, and the earth’s natural water cycles, a person can become rooted in the present moment, even at a time of profound change.
The Adas Israel Community Mikvah welcomes visits from any Jewish person for any reason. Some of the occasions on which people use our Mikvah are listed below:
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If you have any questions before or during your preparations, you may ask the mikvah attendant, who will be happy to help you.
The standard immersion consists of three dunks with a beracha (vetzivanu al hatevila) after the first dunk and another beracha (shehechiyanu) after the second. Click Here to download a PDF of the brachot (blessings). The berachot are given to you at the mikvah on a laminated sheet in Hebrew, transliterated Hebrew and English. You do not have to memorize them. There are also meditations on various occasions if you would like to read them. You are welcome to bring your own writings with you and incorporate them into your mikvah experience.
If your rabbi has instructed you to say the prayers in a different order, or to include something else, please follow their instructions.
The mikvah attendant is there to help you say the prayers and ensure that you have immersed completely for your mikvah to be “kosher”. Female conversion candidates will have a female attendant. Women using the mikvah for taharat hamishpacha or other reasons may do their immersions alone, if they wish. Male conversion candidates will have a male attendant, usually a rabbi. Jewish men coming for other reasons may immerse by themselves. Children over the age of four months may immerse with one parent, who can say the berachot for or with them. Please consult with your rabbi or with the mikvah coordinator about how to prepare children of different ages.
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Book an Immersion
You can now book a Mikvah immersion completely online, by CLICKING HERE. Once you select an appointment time, you will be asked to create an account and fill out a short form detailing your reasons for the immersion so we can better plan your experience. Please be aware that we do not accept online appointments for slots within 72 hours of the time that they are booked. If you have any questions about the online booking process, feel free to email email@example.com.
Costs and Contacts
Visits are scheduled by appointment only.
Tours and learning sessions can be arranged for individuals or groups.