Taharas Hamishpacha International/Mikvah.org raised a $10,000 grant towards the completion of a mikve in a remote Jewish community.
The donor of this generous grant, who wishes to remain anonymous, turned to Taharas Hamishpacha International/mikva.org for assistance in this matter to be part of this wonderful venture, based on their past experiences with the organization.
"We are truly humbled by the trust and faith they placed in our work and honored that we were able to participate, " said Chaya Sara Zarchi, who runs the organization with tireless dedication, together with her devoted team.
The project manager, Chassi Rivkin praises the donor who took the noble action towards helping to fund a mikve in the memory of her parents. The donor says: "my choice of the Mikve in Gothenburg, Sweden was totally Hashem guiding me."
This grant has been given in loving memory of the donor's distinguished parents who were niftar within this past year. The donor made the final selection from over one hundred applicants. It was not an easy decision to make as there were so many worthy applications. The grant was finally won by Rabbi Alexander and Leah Namdar of Chabad of Sweden, who are completing a beautiful mikve in Gothenburg, the port city where the Frierdiker Rebbe embarked on the Swedish ship Drottningholm to the USA in 1940.
Although the decision was intended to be given within 24 hours of an original email sent to all Shluchim, delays in the selection process -certainly Hashgacha Protis- were finalized on the auspicious day of Beis Iyar. Amazingly, it coincided to the day with the 21st anniversary of the Shlichus of Chabad in Sweden!
" The timing of this grant is amazing hashgacha pratis, " says Rabbi Alexander Namdar, who designed the mikve with his wife and children. "Both the Frierdiker Rebbe and the Rebbe were personally involved towards building a mikve here. We are very grateful to Taharas Hamishpacha intl/mikve.org for their tremendous efforts in making this possible, and to the anonymous donor for her generosity and caring for Jewish life and continuity in far away Sweden."
The Mikve in Gothenburg is attached to the Chabad House, with it's own private entrance. The rooms are built entirely from authentic golden Jerusalem stone, giving a timeless feeling to the experience, and connecting mikve users with thousands of years of Jewish history. Graceful arches lead to preparation areas. The room is lit by spotlights. Two handmade ceramic doves illuminate the area over the water, designed by Olga Popyrina, a Jewish Ikea designer, who is a close friend of Chabad in Sweden.
" These dove lamps represent love, peace and light. And so does this mikve," says Olga.
Elegant rounded steps of the pure blue tile imported from Spain lead down into the large mikve pool, and water cascades down an ornamental miniature waterfall, made of Jerusalem stone. The glass tile above the waterline of the mikve is lit by LED lights that are set to change color from time to time, lighting up the sparkling water with an almost magical glow.
" I feel like I'm in Jerusalem," sighs Joanna S, looking around the mikve, still under construction.
In the preparation room, the elegant glass fronted jacuzzi has underwater LED lights, and water enters the jacuzzi cascading over a waterfall. A candle lit, built in, Jerusalem stone shelf holds glass jars with mikve necessities. Soft music alternating with sweet bird song fills the room from speakers built into the jacuzzi, and can be adjusted by bathers from a control panel inside the tub. An elegant, state of the art bathroom with sink area is adjacent, also entirely in Jerusalem stone.
Glass doors on graceful Jerusalem stone arches are a finishing touch on a mikve that is the ultimate modern spa, yet a window to our history.
A visiting tourist remarked, "I want to plan another trip to Sweden just to use this mikve!"
Work on the mikve began on Yud Alef Nissan last year, and this grant will help bring the mikve to its very imminent completion, beezras Hashem, with abundant gishmei bracha awaited be"H to fill the bor.
May Hashem merit of this bountiful generosity bring abundant blessing upon the donor and her entire family. May she be blessed with true Yiddishe and Chassidishe nachas from each of her children and grandchildren b'menuchas hanefesh, u'menuchas hada'as. May Hashem fulfill all her needs b'gur and bless her and her family with revealed goodness in all aspects of their lives.
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