Ground broken for Chabad mikvah in Vacaville

About 100 people at Chabad of Solano County held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 7 for a mikvah, scheduled for completion by September 2017 at the group’s Center for Jewish Life in Vacaville.

The mikvah originally was intended to be limited to purifying utensils, but grew into a facility at which women can bathe, thanks to community support as well as sponsorship from Mikvah USA, an organization devoted to establishing and rebuilding mikvahs across the country.

Chabad Rabbi Chaim Zaklos said that support allowed the group to design the mikvah as a tiled, heated, “top of the line” facility.

 “When we purchased the building, there was extra space, and we knew we wanted it to be a mikvah,” Zaklos said. “As soon as we made that decision, all the other renovations fell into place.”

Rebbetzin Chana Carlebach was guest of honor at the groundbreaking ceremony and spoke about the importance of the mikvah in Jewish spiritual life. Carlebach is the director and founder of Quebec’s Bais Moshe Chaim Teacher’s Seminary, as well as the primary subject of the recent documentary “Shekinah: The Intimate Life of Hasidic Women.”