In the beginning there was only water. A miraculous compound, water is the primary source and vivifying factor of all sustenance and, by extension, all life, as we know it. But Judaism teaches that it is more. For these very same characteristics - water as source and sustaining energy - are mirrored in the spiritual realm. Water has the power to purify: to restore and replenish life to our essential, spiritual selves.
The Mikvah personifies both the womb and the grave; the portals to life and afterlife. In both, a person is stripped of all power and prowess. In both there is a mode of total reliance, complete abdication of control. Immersion in the Mikvah can be understood as a symbolic act of self-abnegation, the conscious suspension of the self as an autonomous force. In so doing, the immersing Jew signals a desire to achieve oneness with the source of all life, to return to a primeval unity with God. Immersion indicates the abandonment of one form of existence to embrace one infinitely higher. In keeping with this theme, immersion in the Mikvah is described not only in terms of purification, revitalization, and rejuvenation but also - and perhaps primarily - as rebirth.*
The Vancouver Mikvah at Schara Tzedeck has undergone a rebirth of its own. Thanks to the efforts and contributions of our generous supporters, the Mikvah has emerged from its own rejuvenation as a beautiful, luxurious spa for the mind, body and soul, ready to welcome all members of the Jewish Community of Greater Vancouver.
* from Total Immersion by Rivkah Slonim.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 7:30am - 9:30am Friday 12pm - 3pm
Please call 604-290-0510 for appointment.
No charge for members
$18 per visit or $50 per month
$18 per visit or $180 per year
For immersion of dishes please make an appointment by calling the office.