Swampscott Community Welcomes New Mikvah, Another Milestone in New England’s Taharah Revolution
December 6, 2018
The Jewish community of Swampscott, Massachusetts and its neighboring towns gathered on Sunday, Parshas Vayeishev, to celebrate the Chanukas Habayis of a splendid new mikvah – “North Shore Mikvah – Mei Blimah.”
North Shore is a picturesque region outside Boston, filled with beaches that attract countless tourists a year. Nearly one-third of the region’s population is Jewish and observance has seen a marked resurgence in recent years. Needless to say, the lack of a nearby mikvah was a tremendous spiritual drag for a community with so much potential and positive momentum. Very few households in Swampscott were taharah observant; far less than the amount of families who are observant in other areas.
Following the community’s outreach, Mikvah USA got to work, leaving no stone unturned in its quest to build a beautiful Swampscott mikvah. The result is an upscale, thoroughly modern mikvah located near the Chabad Center – with spa like amenities to make users relish every visit. Local leaders anticipate that taharah observance will quadruple in the near term, b’ezras Hashem.
It is noteworthy that Swampscott is the fifth mikvah in the Boston region that Mikvah USA has completed in recent years, and the mikvah project in Brighton – Boston’s largest frum community – is in full swing.
The community’s excitement was palpable as they gathered at the Chanukas Habayis. Rabbi Yitzchok Bistritzky shlit”a, Founder and President of Mikvah USA, addressed the audience, speaking from his heart about the spiritual power of mikvah for both individuals and the community as a whole. “A mikvah brings Hashem into your everyday life,” Rabbi Bistritzky exclaimed. “Swampscott will never be the same.”