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.
- Until the pandemic shut borders, Jewish women in Tasmania had been flying interstate for mikvah, a ritual bath
- Lockdown meant that a local Hobart mikvah needed to be restored
- Kosher mikvahs must be filled in a special way
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…