Newfoundland’s COVID-19 Mikva Conundrum

Since moving to S. John’s, Newfoundland, building a Mikva was always a priority for Rabbi Chanan and Tuba Chernitsky. With travel Coronavirus restrictions the need to get a Mikva up and running before the winter is urgent.

It was just over 3 years ago that Rabbi Chanan and Tuba Chernitsky moved out on Shlichus to S. John’s, Newfoundland. The provincial Jewish community comprises about 200 households thirsting for Yiddishkeit but with limited previous exposure.

Since moving there, building a Mikva was always their priority but there were unexpected challenges. Flying to Mikva had become the norm. Two and a half hours to Montreal or 3 hours to Toronto, each way. A full day of travel each month.

Unlike the Caribbean, the weather in Newfoundland is cold for most of the year and despite being surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean using it as a Mikva isn’t a viable option.

And then, COVID-19 hit.

Flying became complicated, not to mention the risk of contagion and the need to self-quarantine upon arrival. Now their only option is the freezing ocean.

They are desperate to build a Mikva. COVID-19 has pushed them against the wall to have a Mikva up and running before the winter.

With the Rebbe’s brochos, miraculously the perfect location just became available.

Starting today, Tuesday 22 Tammuz at 11 am ET they are embarking on a campaign to raise $300,000.

Please give generously!

This campaign is endorsed by the following Shluchim:

Rabbi Yisroel Deren – Stamford, CT
Rabbi Levi Sudak – London, England
Rabbi Yosef Greenberg – Anchorage, AK
Rabbi Ari Drelich – Edmonton, AB
Rabbi Mendel Feldman – Halifax, NS
Rabbi Shmaya Shmotkin – Oak Park, MI
Rabbi Berl Goldman – Gainesville, FL

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