As the coronavirus spreads across Jewish communities, there has been increasing uncertainty surrounding the use of mikvaot. We wanted to make sure that you know that you can always reach out to any of us with questions or concerns. One recurrent question is about the protocols and precautions to maintain the safety at our Mikvah. Our guidelines are being reviewed and updated daily based on discussions with Rabbis and doctors.
North Shore Mikvah Association COVID-19:
- You may not attend the Mikvah if you are sick. This applies to you if you tested positive for COVID-19, are awaiting test results, you live with someone who has tested positive or you have ANY of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, body aches or loss of smell or taste. Do NOT come if you are in quarantine.
- Attendance at the Mikvah is by appointment ONLY. Please use mikvahcloud.com to make an appointment.
- Complete ALL preparation at home as if it is a Friday night
- Bring your OWN towel and/or robe.
- Our attendant will be wearing a mask and gloves. We will provide gloves for you to wear until the moment of immersion as well.
- After each woman uses the mikvah, the mikvah itself and preparation rooms are carefully disinfected and cleaned.
- We have been in ongoing discussion with Commercial Clearwater Company who is working closely with us to maintain consistently safe levels of bromine and pH and monitoring our filtration system. We are checking our levels more than once an evening to ensure that we maintain appropriate levels.
- The Kelim mikvah is closed. Information regarding new items should be discussed with your local Rabbi.
In the merit of observance of this mitzvah and our commitment to family purity, may Hashem protect us and our families, our community and everyone in the world. We should all continue to be careful and stay safe.
Zehava Atlas and Jenny Katz
Presidium of the North Shore Mikvah Association
Rabbi Polakoff and Rabbi Lichter
Great Neck Synagogue
Rabbi Lerner and Rabbi Ismach
Young Israel of Great Neck
History of the North Shore Mikvah
The North Shore Mikvah Association was initially founded by members of the Great Neck Synagogue with the vision of becoming an aesthetically beautiful institution adhering to a high standard of halacha and spirituality. Over the years, our Mikvah has developed into a vibrant community fixture which has garnered partnership support from the Young Israel of Great Neck and the broader Great Neck Jewish community.
It was built in 1966 when the foundation of what is currently the Great Neck Synagogue’s main sanctuary was laid. The process of raising the necessary funds to properly design and construct the Mikvah took three years and in 1971 the Mikvah was incorporated as an independent organization and opened for full time use. It was staffed by volunteers from the community and served the needs of women throughout the North Shore. In 1982 a major fund raising effort was undertaken to renovate the Mikvah and to make it as beautiful as it was functional. In 1985 the newly renovated Mikvah was opened and dedicated in memory of Belle Goldwyn, who together with her husband Solomon S. Goldwyn, was a major force in planning and building the original Mikvah.
Today the North Shore Mikvah Association is a joint project of the Great Neck Synagogue and the Young Israel of Great Neck. With the explosive growth of women using the Mikvah, constant renovations and updates are taking place to maintain a Mikvah that is beautiful in its aesthetic appeal and maintains a high standard of halacha and spirituality as well.
Address and Hours
North Shore Mikvah – 26 Old Mill Road, Great Neck, NY 11023. Phone: (516) 487-2726
Presidium: Jennifer Katz and Zehava Atlas
Treasurers: Robyn Gelberg
Inventory: Racheli Brandsdorfer
- November (after time change) – February 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
- March (after time change) – April 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
- May 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
- June – August 8:30 pm -11:00 pm
- September 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
- October 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
There is no need to make an appointment during the week during regular hours.
Friday – Appointment only; call Shirin early on in the week to schedule time 516-359-7826.
Motzaei Shabbos – 45 minutes after conclusion of Shabbos
Fee – $25.00, Tipping is optional
Brides: By appointment only. Please call Jenny at 917-864-9343 or Zehava at 516-902-5149 and they will arrange an individual appointment for you.
For further information call:
- Jennifer Katz (917) 864 – 9343
- Zehava Atlas (516) 902 –5149