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

Sunday, November 13 - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mayyim Hayyim, the Ziegler School of the American Jewish University, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and the Jewish Theological Seminary  held a unique training on the principles governing mikveh design, construction, and maintenance.

Participants learned directly from Rabbi Ben Zion Bergman, a pre-eminent rabbinic scholar with expertise in mikveh construction, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinics, at American Jewish University, and Rabbi Scott Rosenberg, who served as Mayyim Hayyim's Rav Hamachshir from 2004 - 2011, and now serves Congregation Beth Shalom, Ottawa.


Training Topics:

  • Hilchot Mikvaot - halachic principles related to mikveh construction
  • Methodology / mechanics of water transfer from the bor ha'otzar to the bor ha'tevilah (specifically the hashaka method)
  • Tour of the AJU mikveh with Q and A
  • Discussion of potential design / construction challenges 
  • Role of Rav HaMachshir as it pertains to mikveh maintenance
  • Presentation of case studies regarding construction and supervision issues
  • Opportunities for sketching of designs for mikveh construction