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 Mikvah is a beautiful, luxurious spa for the mind, body and soul and it is ready to welcome all members of the Jewish community.
* from Total Immersion by Rivkah Slonim.
Hours of Operation
Women – Please call 604-290-0510 for appointment.
Monday – Thursday 6:45 am – 9:30am
Friday & Yom Tov – 6:45 – 9:30 am and 2 pm – 3 pm
Cleaning and Maintenance
Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Friday & Erev Yom Tov- 10:00am – 12:00pm and 3:45 – 4:30 pm
For immersion of dishes please make an appointment by calling the synagogue office, 604-736-7607.
Monday – Thursday 12:00 – 5 pm
Fridays and Erev Yom Tov 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Because there are often last minute changes, please call the Mikvah hotline 604-290-0510
Members – no charge
Men $18 per visit or $50 per month
Women $18 per visit or $180 per year