Jul 17, 2014
Stunning New Mikvah Taking Shape

The diminutive street level entryway of the newly built women's Mikvah in Crown Heights leaves visitors in for a surprise.

By COLlive reporter

The highly anticipated brand new Mikvah Mei Chaya Mushka in Crown Heights is nearing completion.

The diminutive street level entryway of the newly built Mikvah leaves visitors in for a surprise, as on the level below is a spacious 5,000 sq. ft. building, with exquisite marble, Italian tile and elegant black accents.

12-foot high ceilings and wide hallways add to the grandeur, with all the rooms fitted with the most modern and up to date fixtures.

While not yet completed, the main reception room will feature a custom made spiral staircase.

Rabbi Moshe Pinson, founder of the Bais Shmuel Chabad Congregation in Crown Heights who spearheaded this community Mikvah, explains simply, "The Rebbe wanted the women's Mikvaos to be the most beautiful - b'Ruchnius and b'Gashmius."

No expense was spared in the halachic aspect as well, with two Mivkaos being built in the most mehudar fashion, with the guidance of Rabbi Elozor Raichik and Rabbi Yirmiyahu Katz.

All the Crown Heights Rabbonim - including Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba, Rabbi Yaacov Schwei and Rabbi Yosef Braun - have given their hechsher as well.

"Most Mikvahs fill the bor with rainwater at the bottom and clean tap water at the top," Pinson explains. "With the recent availability of special filters from Israel, ours will use only rainwater for the entire thing."

The building contains extra reservoirs to hold enough rainwater to fill an entire Mikva in the event of an emergency and the Mikvah needs to be drained and refilled.

The top step of each Mikvah is still awaiting the special finishing touch - tiles from the Crown Heights women's Mikvah on Union Street that was used by the Rebbe for many years. The tiles were a gift from Mrs. Rosalynn Malamud, who has been directing the Mikvah for nearly 30 years.

Pinson hopes the Mikvah will serve a dual purpose in the community. Aside from easing strain on the already overcrowded Mikvah on Union Street, the Mikvah will host tours for Chabad house members and groups from around the world, teaching about the beauty of the Mikvah and family purity.

"I've been around the world and visited hundreds of Mikvahs," he says. "I have never seen one as beautiful as this one, anywhere."

The Mikvah is nearing completion. Those who have not yet donated to the Mikvah, now is the last chance to get in on this huge zechus. Click here to donate.

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How soon open for tours
In the Autumn I am bringing a group to CH. Please state the projected date when it will be completed enough to bring in BB for tours.
(7/17/2014 8:17:03 PM)
Beautiful design and fixtures
Who was the designer and where they get such beautiful plumbing fixtures
(7/17/2014 9:00:46 PM)
crown heightser
There will always be those who do, and those who criticize what's being done but do nothing themselves! B"H c.h. was blessed with a few of the former! Thank you Moshe Pinson!
(7/17/2014 9:03:50 PM)
Love it!
(7/17/2014 9:21:10 PM)
Will either Mikvah
be handicap accessible?
(7/17/2014 9:39:58 PM)
Moshe take off your shoes
lol keep up the good work
you rock
(7/17/2014 9:51:23 PM)
Lady Customer of Mikvos
Please, I beg of you, for the sake of the women who will actually use this mikvah - make sure the fixtures are functional and not just beautiful. The Union St mikvah redid some rooms and they are beautiful BUT the shower/bath fixtures are so complicated to figure out they had to put instructions how to turn the water on and get the temp you want. Some other mikvahs I have been to have these fancy tubs which are so high on the sides that I practically need a step stool to get in. Not everyone is 5'8". And many of the new & fancy tubs come with stoppers that don't allow the water to drain properly. Remember, these items are not for residential use but for heavy duty commercial use.

Good lighting is a must as is proper ventilation.
(7/17/2014 10:02:11 PM)
former mikva matron
May u be blessed !this mtzva is the highest priority!it is a disgrace to crown heights that for80 years there was only one tiny mikva.be careful that the lighting"experts " don,t talk u into anything but fluorescent fixtures.good lighting is vital.and hurry up! There r new renovations in the ch.mikva, leaving only 11 rooms.I suppose some ladies will be forced to go out of the neighborhood due to the long wait at the ch.mikva. hurry!!!!

(7/17/2014 10:43:09 PM)
To No. 7
Your comments are in a public forum. Did you direct them to the people who could actually do something about it?
(7/17/2014 10:46:40 PM)
re #7
I fully agree with #7's comments. especially the last line. Please make sure that you have really good lighting. maybe call in a lighting specialist to help with the final touches! Make sure that it's not just beautiful, but very PRACTICAL for the performance of the mitzvah itself. maybe ask an experienced kallah teacher to come in and inspect the rooms to give practical suggestions/advice etc. kol hakovod for undertaking this project!
(7/17/2014 10:48:25 PM)
To Moshe
Moshe Pinson is a tzadik!!
A former member of the early morning chassidus shiur.
(7/18/2014 1:25:51 AM)
-Have the same question!!
Will either Mikvah
be handicap accessible?
(7/18/2014 1:35:35 AM)
While this is a nice, well-directed effort for which serious gratefulness is in order, i wonder how realize that this is at its core a bathhouse, ritual, meant to embellish some very basic behavior.

And since its aim is to cement the spousal relationship, it would be at least equally beneficial if folks focused on meaningful relationship building too.
(7/18/2014 2:09:08 AM)
How many rooms?
What an amazing undertaking. The product reflects a tenth of the hard work I'm sure!
How many prep rooms will there b?
(7/18/2014 2:39:50 AM)
color the steps
when you have steps in the mikve, it's very dangerous for ladies who wear glasses, they don't see the step, you must outline with darker tiles the border of the step, thanks and kol hakavod for the job
(7/18/2014 7:28:47 AM)
to 14
The plan shows 2 Mikvaos.
6 preparation rooms with baths +
2 preparation rooms with showers
(7/18/2014 10:14:37 AM)
Moshe Pinson What an amazing Yid!!!
In your modest way you accomplish worlds! From your fans in Surrey British Columbia
(7/18/2014 12:59:48 PM)
Moshe Pinson, Kol hakavod to you for taking on this enormous undertaking!! and thanks to the many people who are assisting you with this project. I know several people are involved and its o inspiring to see people dedicated to helping and developing our community.
May you go m'chayil el chayil and have hatzlacha in all aspects of your life. Such a project will surely only bring those involved endless brochos!!
(7/18/2014 1:08:49 PM)
No 18
Yes! anything to do with Mikvah brings endless Brochos from HKB'H....... Whoever is involved THANK YOU!!
(7/18/2014 4:22:08 PM)
Florida fan
way to go moshe pinson!! we know the tremendous effort and time that you have put in for this mikvah!
kol halavod! may you, chani and your family be blessed with all brochos for your selflisness!!!
(7/19/2014 9:54:49 PM)
an idea
look into the touchscreen system to include. they have it in london, very efficient
(7/19/2014 10:15:18 PM)
Great idea ofcolored edge to steps. Also some non-slippery material would help for safety.
(7/20/2014 1:17:41 AM)
to no 21
where in London do they have touchscreens?
(7/21/2014 6:57:52 AM)
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