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Ritual Jewish mikvah bath restored for Tasmania’s faithful when COVID shut borders

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Jewish women have used a mikvah or ritual bath for generations, but when COVID meant Tasmania’s faithful could not travel interstate for the purifying act —Launceston’s Shluchim couple stepped up.

It took an ice factory, some rapid fundraising by Tasmania’s resident Shluchim who look after the needs of resident and visiting Jews, and some very quick renovations for women to be able to use the mikvah in Tasmania.

Tasmania has a population of around 300 Jews and the mikvah at Battery Point in Hobart, built 33…



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