Construction of a new mikveh has begun in Moriah, at a total construction cost of one and a half million shekels. The mikveh is being built at the heart of the neighborhood on Ya'el HaGibora St, to ensure that it will be accessible to all of the women of HaShvatim and Moriah. Religious Services Portfolio Holder Michael Charlap gave word this week that this is the first mikveh to ever be built in these neighborhoods, despite having been populated for over eight years. Until today, the women of the neighborhood became accustomed to walking to the mikveh on Emek Dotan or in Reut. Once this mikveh is completed, however, the women will finally be able to walk conveniently located close to their homes.
The mikveh is being built by the Economic Company. This week, Charlap took a look at the construction site from up close to oversee how progress is being made. Charlap also said that the mikveh's construction budget is being equally provided by the Ministry of Religion and the Ministry of Construction and Housing, who are each paying half a million shekels. This will go towards the beginning of the construction of the mikveh, which will include two pools, a bride's room, and a mikveh for dishes and tableware open to the general public. Charlap emphasized the fact that the Economic Company, which is building the mikveh, has learned and internalized its lesson following its construction of the mikveh in Avanei Chen. Construction of the mikveh, which is being overseen by the city's rabbis, is expected to come to a close at the beginning of next winter's rain season after the Tishrei holidays in November 2011.
Via Chana Shatran for MNews. Click here to view original article.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011