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Community Mikvah


Reopening Announcement

Beginning in May 2021, the Adas Israel Community Mikvah will be available on a limited basis as long as the public health situation in the DC area allows.  As always, the Mikvah is open by appointment only. You can schedule your visit at

These protocols apply to everyone who comes to our building:

  • Please take your temperature before you plan to come to the building; if your temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, do not come to the building.
  • Do not come to the building if you are experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, muscle aches or runny nose or congestion.
  • Do not come to the building if you live with or have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • Do not come to the building if you have been diagnosed with COVID until the symptoms are improving, at least 24 hours have passed without fever, and a minimum of 10 days from onset of symptoms or positive test. Please refer to the CDC guidance and your primary care physicians if you have any questions.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entry to the building
  • Wear a mask (covering both nose and mouth) at all times until you are in the Mikvah room.  No bandanas, gaiters or masks with exhalation valves will be permitted.

The Adas Israel Community Mikvah

Immersion. Connection. Renewal.

A Mikvah is a Jewish ritual bath, requiring “living waters” sourced from rain. Oceans, rivers and other natural bodies of water are all kosher mikvahs. The ritual of immersion is rooted in centuries of Jewish tradition. It is a powerful way to experience an embodied spirituality and can connect a person to God, to their own body, to their ancestors and to the water cycle of our planet.

Our Mikvah is a Jewish sacred space designed to support Jewish ritual life and the personal transitions of individuals and families in the Jewish community.  Traditional reasons for visiting the Mikvah, such as the mitzvah of immersing monthly, getting married, making dishes kosher, converting to Judaism, and preparing spiritually for Shabbat or holidays are welcome here. Equally encouraged are creative reasons to immerse, usually around major life transitions. Examples of this type of visit are varied but include reaching a milestone birthday, marking the end of a period of mourning, becoming a bar or bat mitzvah, or celebrating an anniversary.

Immersion in the mikvah is a highly personal and spiritual experience and we respect the privacy and dignity of each person who uses the mikvah.

Community Mikvah




DIY (Do It Yourself) Water Rituals 

Body PositivityExample of a Water Ritual

Our world is so upside down right now that sometimes the words to express ourselves aren't even there. Rituals give us space to feel and to process what might otherwise be inexpressible. Let water help your stuck places flow better through this difficult present moment.  

Explore our resources for water rituals that you can create in your own home. You can use them on your own or set up a time with one of our Mikvah Guides to plan out a ritual for you to do by yourself at home.  

This grounding earth-based Jewish ritual creation is for folks who are Mikvah-curious or Mikvah regulars. But the ritual you create doesn't have to entail immersion. Depending on where your ritual takes you, you might pour, drink, or spray water to express yourself. You don't have to buy anything special for this--you have everything you need. A Mikvah can hold you, suspend you 

Explore these resources to create a DIY water ritual. Or click here if you'd like to schedule an exploratory conversation with one of our Mikvah Guides who can help make suggestions, format an idea for you in concrete steps, find a blessing, or suggest common household items to symbolize what your ritual is trying to express. There's no set format or expectation of what your ritual looks like--as long as you are deriving meaning of it. 

Water Ritual Demonstration with Jodi Balis

Click Here to Watch!

Watch as Jodi Balis demonstrates a simple and meaningful water ritual that you can create at home.

Creating A Water Transition Ritual Of Your Own

Click Here for the Worksheet

This worksheet was designed to guide you through the process of creating a ritual. There are many suggestions, options and frameworks to assist you in this process.

If you have any questions, please feel free to discuss with a mikvah guide or click here to make an appointment for a consultation.


What About Converting a Child?

Click Here to learn about the meaningful and beautiful process of converting a child in the Adas Israel Community Mikvah.


How Do I Book an Immersion?

You can now book a Mikvah immersion completely online, by clicking here. If you have any questions about the online booking process, feel free to email


What Are the Costs and Contacts?

Mikvah Fund Donation Form

Thank you for your donation to the Adas Israel Community Mikvah. We appreciate your support in helping us to maintain and operate this important community resource.

Suggested donation amounts are:

$36 one time visit (one person)
$54 pre-wedding visit (covers both partners)
$72 conversion (per family)
$154 yearly unlimited usage

Todah Rabah--Many Thanks!


Mikvah Community Partnership Donation Form

We appreciate your support in sharing the costs of running this important community resource.  It takes a village to manage the laundry, maintenance and repairs, supplies, staff time, building use, and security.  Please partner with us in making the Mikvah a sustainable community resource.  Here are the suggested contributions:

$1800 for Very Large Congregations (over 1000 member units)
$1200 for Large Congregations (500-999 members)
$600 for Medium Size Congregations (250-499 members)
$360  for Small Congregations (up to 250 members) and Independent Clergy


You can donate here or mail a check to Adas Israel Community Mikvah 2850 Quebec Street NW, Washington, DC 20008.  As always, financial situations are not a barrier to use and we will continue to offer open access.  We thank you for your partnership and look forward to seeing you and your congregants here. 


Mikvah brochure cover

For all questions, please email

The Adas Israel Community Mikvah is a core partner of the Rising Tide Open Waters network.

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