First immersion at 50
3 December, 2004
I grew up in a conservative Jewish household. This year I turned 50 and also formally entered menopause. I would very much like to experience the ritual bath (mikveh) in celebration of personal renewal. I have never done this before…there was never a mikveh in any of the synagogues I've attended. I seem to recall hearing that there might be one in my area but can't find info about that. I was hoping that perhaps you might help me locate one and give me suggestions as to how I could go about requesting to do this sacred immersion.
There is a global mikveh directory on our site that is a link to www.mikvah.org. If that does not suffice, we suggest calling the local Orthodox synagogue in your area, which should be able to help you.
There should be no need for a special request. Read through the articles on this site for proper preparation. You might want to call the mikveh lady in advance to let her know it is your first time so she can guide you through the steps.
You do not indicate whether you are currently married. In general, halacha encourages mikveh immersion only for married women. However, in some communities unmarried women do immerse for purposes of teshuvah (repentance) on erev Yom Kippur.
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