Mayyim Hayyim and the Ziegler School of the American Jewish University present this unique training for clergy and seminary students interested in mikveh construction and maintenance.

Mikveh Construction and Maintenance Training
November 13-15, 2011
held at the American Jewish University, Los Angeles CA


Sunday, November 13
4:00 - 6:00pmCheck in
6:00 - 8:30pmDinner and Discussion: What Makes a Pool a Mikveh?
Rabbis Ben Zion Bergman and Scott Rosenberg

Monday, November 14

8:00 - 9:00amBreakfast
9:00 - 12:00pmHilchot Mikvaot overview
Rabbi Ben Zion Bergman
  • Concept of lo mikabel tumah
  • Design methodology for bor - hashakah method presented as universal choice with discussion of bor al gabei bor
  • Use of construction materials
  • Rabbinic oversight during design and construction process
  • Hiddurim
  • Design elements
12:30 - 1:30pmLunch
1:45 - 3:00pmTour of the AJU Mikveh
Rabbi Bergman and Sue Rosenthal, Mikveh Director
3:30 - 6:00pmFrom Design to Immersion
Rabbi Ben Zion Bergman and Rabbi Aaron Alexander
  • Filling the bor: rain water vs. ice: an  halachic discussion
  • Potential problems during construction
  • Working with the architect
8:00pmDrafting Designs, free time
Tuesday, November 15 
8:00 - 9:00am               Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00pmRabbinic Oversight Upon Completion
Rabbi Scott Rosenberg and Carrie Bornstein
  • Potential maintenance concerns:
    • The need for repairs
    • Leaks
    • Accidents / defining measurements
    • Troubleshooting
    • Case Examples
    • Relationship between Rav HaMachshir and Mikveh Director
12:30 - 1:30pmLunch
1:45 - 3:00pmMaintaining a Clean, Sparkling Mikveh
3:00 - 3:45pmWrap up
  • Q & A
  • Discussion of avenue for ongoing dialogue