The Jewish community of Center City, Philadelphia is growing rapidly with synagogues, educational facilities, kosher establishments, and events available throughout the city. With all that this city has to offer young professionals, families, and prospective residents, this growing community lacks an integral piece of Jewish family life; a mikvah. Our mikvah will be housed at Historic Vilna Congregation and open to all members of the local Jewish community. We welcome you to join us in this exciting endeavor to establish mikvah in Center City.
If one finds a community which has no mikvah, they must be forced to build a mikvah….this must precede building a shul, buying a sefer torah and all (other) mitzvos.
Most Jews see the synagogue as the central institution in Jewish life, but Jewish Law states that constructing a mikvah takes precedence even over building a house of worship. Both a synagogue and a Torah Scroll, Judaism’s most venerated treasure, may be sold to raise funds for the building of a mikvah. In fact, in the eyes of Jewish Law, a group of Jewish families living together do not attain the status of a community if they do not have a communal mikvah.