Jul 29, 2012
Donor Saves Mikvah's Day

Right when construction was about to be halted at new Mikvah Mei Chaya Mushka of Crown Heights, a surprise donor pulled through, donating $50,000 and then another $100,000.

By COLlive reporter

The new Mikvah Mei Chaya Mushka of Crown Heights is set to open for use in time for 22 Shvat, the yahrtzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson in whose name the Mikvah will be called, COLlive was told.

It's no secret that Crown Heights is in desperate need of another Women's Mikvah, with the existing one already quite overwhelmed by the growth of the Crown Heights community.

The new Mikvah is being built with the hope of easing this problem which is an urgent necessity, says Director of the Mikvah committee, Moshe Pinson.

But it won't be an easy feat.

The plans call for 8 preparation rooms and 2 mikvahs with sophisticated and luxurious design by Maggie Rogatsky of Haute Couture Design.

And generous support had already been secured from Feivish Pewsner, Rabbi Avraham Hecht, Dovid Smetana, the Bistrizky family and the Sperlin family.

Still, more funds are needed.

It will be the most "luxurious and state of the art Mikvah ever built in the world," Maggie Rogatsky said. "People will be using our Mikvah as a prototype for beautiful facilities for many years to come."

The reasoning behind the high-end expense, Pinson explains, is that aside from being used by the Crown Heights community, the Mikvah is critical for the thousands who visit the neighborhood each year.

"We need an exceptional Mikvah to create a Kiddush Hashem for visitors who are just finding out about the special Mitzvah," he told COLlive.

"We want them to say, 'Wow, this is so beautiful, I want to take part in this Mitzvah too.' Since it bears the Rebbetzin's name, every aspect of what we build must be of the highest caliber so as to bring honor to the Rebbe and the Rebbetzin."

And along with the goal of making it beautiful, the Mikvah committee, which includes Yingy Bistritzky, Zalman Skoblo, Feivish Pewsner and Dovid Smetana, wanted it to also be of the most Mehudar.

Various local Rabbonim - Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba, Rabbi Yaacov Schwei, Rabbi Shlomo Segal, Rabbi Yosef Braun and more - have each inspected and approved the Mivkah at the site.

"They each gave Bracha and Haskama, and urged all to participate in the building," stated Pinson, who took on the tedious role of fundraising for the project.

In fact, he says that at one point, he was told by the contractor that $75,000 would be needed the same day to continue the work.

"I was about to leave for Brazil, to fundraise there," he recalls. "I didn't want to stop the work, so I gave him the Mikvah fund's last $25,000 and a friend agreed to let me use his credit card for $50,000 if I would pay it back within 30 days."

As it so happens, his round of visits in Brazil didn't result as he had hoped. "It turned out to be disappointing. I did not raise enough to cover the $50,000 loan."

When he returned, he heard from the contractor that the credit card company didn't allow the large transaction charge to go through. "After much negotiation, a few days after I returned, I finally got the charge to go through," he said.

On that same day, he got a call from a member of the committee reporting about a $50,000 check "from an anonymous donor."

Pinson added, "Later on that week, he called me again, and said he had an additional $100,000 from the same anonymous donor. It is miracles like this that show us every day the Rebbe is with us in this mission."

He finds the aim to be completed by 22 Shvat symbolic since they are short $470,000, which is the numerical value (gematria) of the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka's name.

"We need families to take upon themselves to donate $1,000, or whatever amount they can, to close the deficit and make this dream of an edifice of nachas to the Rebbe and Rebbetzin a reality."

To donate: http://www.mikvahcm.com/

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Opinions and Comments
Were is it going to be located?
(7/29/2012 2:33:44 PM)
Reb Moshe Pinson
Just as Nisim have got yout his far IYH farther till completion!!!

(7/29/2012 3:33:28 PM)
very grateful
for this new mikva. Our community desperately needs it.
(7/29/2012 3:49:15 PM)
its on lefferts and troy. its quite hard not to know with all the banging you get to wake up to at 7 in the morning
(7/29/2012 5:02:25 PM)
Everyone will come here instead :)
(7/29/2012 5:08:05 PM)
the Hudson - Ian Schrager
Nice architecture!
(7/29/2012 5:23:59 PM)
I will give at least the $1,000 u suggested. I hope to be able to give even more.
Great job rabbi pinson
(7/29/2012 6:18:42 PM)
To anonimous
(7/29/2012 6:39:18 PM)
to #4
the banging could be for much worse things. mazal tov!!
(7/29/2012 7:58:14 PM)
Sruly C
I think the current Mikvah should get their act together, or they will have to close down when this one openes, cause who will want to go to the current one the way it's ran now.
(7/29/2012 10:09:43 PM)
Great Job!!
We are so desperate for more mikvaos in crown heights,, but did anyone else notice that there will be EIGHT preparation rooms? What is EIGHT preparation rooms?? We need so much more than that,, I guess the next mikvah should be built closer to Nostrand,,, and needs to be in the planning stages already!
(7/29/2012 10:17:48 PM)
if the building will look on the outside like the pic above it will attract attention since it's not bricks like the rest of buildings nearby. i think such a place should not be the focus of attention- it has to blend with what's around-TZNIUSDIK- maybee add a long awning at the entrance and exit to conceal a little the pp that come and go.
(7/29/2012 10:20:57 PM)
Yossi and Idii Stern
We are so moved by Rabbi Pinson and the wonderful volunteer woRk by Maggie Rogatsky, that in honor of our daughter Brocha upcoming marriage we pledge the first of many checks for $1000.00

Humbled and proud, and by the way, keep banging!

Yossi & Idii Stern
(7/29/2012 10:53:48 PM)
The Plex
Too bad they didn't have the foresight for a new mikvah when they planned the Plex on Nostrand :)

(7/29/2012 11:23:34 PM)
to Sruly C
Dudes should not be commenting on things that are not their inyonim or knowledge
the current one is run quite fine
go take a dip on Kingston Ave please
(7/29/2012 11:31:20 PM)
will this be for the regular folk?
Is there parking at that location? I wouldn't want to walk from 2 blocks away at night in that area and will the regular "poor" person feel comfortable or will this only be for the "rich" of crown heights?
(7/29/2012 11:33:49 PM)
So excited for this new Mikvah!
Kol hakavod Moshe Pinson for taking on this huge responsibilty.
Its true that 8 rooms is not alot but it will definitely be a huge help and hopefully will motivate someone else to build a third mikvah- CH can definitely use 3 mikvahs!!
(7/29/2012 11:47:37 PM)
its about time ppl IN crown heights donate for a mikvah!! Shluchim around the world and Brazil like you mention, are tired of giving millions of bucks for every CH project....

(7/30/2012 2:28:29 AM)
To Donate by check.
Make Checks payable to:Mei Chaya Mushka Mikvah INC
and mail or drop off
383 Kingston Ave Suite 228 Brooklyn, NY 11213
(7/30/2012 10:32:30 AM)
so excited. Its about time something changed in this neighbourhood. The community is growing and we have a million new shuls opening to keep up with the growing demand, and a host of new men's mikvahs but still only ONE womens' mikvah. Its a disgrace.
We should all support tis wondeful project!!
(7/30/2012 11:50:00 AM)
competition is a good thing
The CH mikva was recently renovated and is beautiful!There is a new phone appt. system. I still choose to go there because the Rebbe used it, and it's better than ever.
(7/30/2012 2:17:22 PM)
to #18
There is nothing wrong with out of towners contributing to all Crown Heights institutions. They benefit at some point of the mikvaos, the schools, the organizations
(7/30/2012 2:51:01 PM)
B.h. That exppantion is on. But quantity is needed rather than luxury.why 2boros when more rooms could use that space?
Also people think only of writing sefer toras for niftorim when a womens' mikva talkes priority! They should give to mikva
(7/30/2012 5:13:07 PM)
to # 22
contributing is one thing.. if it would only be that way I'de agree with you as well.
(7/30/2012 6:24:54 PM)
Bar Seichel
Raise money by selling life-time memberships. Ridiculous that CH'ers shouldn't be paying this themselves.
(7/30/2012 7:02:25 PM)
to # 18
Is that a joke? CH people house and feed guests from all over the world and get theri doors knopcked on for $ for every moissad in the world. People from the world are tired of giving $ to CH?

It's a good thing you're just some hot air balloon and not the appointed spokesperson for worldwide humanity.
(7/30/2012 11:39:46 PM)
Is that what it,s going to look like? Hiding the nextdoor house? The crown heights mikva on union street is very beautiful, freindly kind mikva ladies, all ,supplies plentiful. The only lack is ROOMS. May this mikva get doone fast ,be an inspiration to build more and more,,,
(8/1/2012 11:08:07 AM)
Pinchos Woolstone
Who is the Rav HaMachshir.
(8/14/2012 4:09:42 PM)
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