The Genesis of MACoM – the Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah
The mikvah is an essential gateway to Judaism. For those who convert to (or are adopted into) Judaism, immersion in this special pool of water that meets certain ritual criteria is the act that makes them part of our Jewish people, and it is essential for many other lifecycle and spiritual uses as well.
Prior to the establishment of MACoM , the only mikvah in Atlanta available to Conservative and Reform Jews was located at Congregation B’nai Torah. This mikvah was used approximately 300 times a year for lifecycle and spiritual uses, including over 100 conversions. After twenty-eight years, the B’nai Torah mikvah had exceeded its service life and closed in the summer of 2015.
A consortium of community leaders came together with a vision of a new, community-owned mikvah that would take the place of the B’nai Torah mikvah. This spiritual landmark would become a welcoming center for all types of Jews in Atlanta.
MACoM (Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah) meets the highest aesthetic and ritual standards. Its goal is to serve community members converting to Judaism, as well as for those from across the spectrum of observance seeking spirituality and education.
During the dynamic planning stage; from 2014-2015, many Atlanta leaders and organizations expressed interest and committed financial and organizational support, including representatives from the Jewish Federation, the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, and from over 15 congregations including: The Temple, Temple Sinai, Temple Emanu-El, Ahavath Achim, B’nai Torah, Or Hadash, Etz Chaim, Beth Tikvah, Shearith Israel, Gesher L’Torah, Kol Emeth, Beth David, Beth Tefilloh (Brunswick), Or V’Shalom and Bet Haverim.
Community leaders agreed that Congregation B’nai Torah was the logical host for MACOM: centrally accessible to the Jewish community and possessing experience in mikvah operations. The Congregation provided land and expertise.
Together, the community created a beautiful new mikvah with access to all.
To be a true community resource, MACOM was created, operated and supported by the community. The organization is an independent 501c3.
Ongoing funding and organizational support is needed in a number of areas including the maintenance of our aesthetically beautiful facility , community outreach programs, mikvah guide training, educational programming and development initiatives.
We are uniquely positioned to serve Jewish community members throughout Georgia and neighboring states.