Where is MACoM located?
MACoM is located at 700-A Mt. Vernon Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30328. We maintain a separate facility adjacent to Congregation B’nai Torah.
Can I come for a tour?
Yes! If you’re curious to see what the mikvah looks like or learn more about the immersion process, we are more than happy to show you around. Click here to setup an appointment.
How do I schedule an immersion?
Immersions are scheduled by appointment only. We offer both day-time and evening appointments. While we require at least 72 hours notice to guarantee an appointment, we do our best to accommodate next-day and same-day immersion requests.
If you are immersing for conversion, your sponsoring rabbi generally makes the appointment with us. If you’d like to schedule an immersion or if you have any questions about immersing at MACoM, please contact:
MACoM Facilities & Operations Coordinator
What happens when I arrive at the mikvah for my immersion appointment?
When you arrive at MACoM, a volunteer mikvah guide will be there to welcome you. If you have never been to MACoM before he or she can provide you with a tour and answer any questions or concerns that you have. If you feel comfortable sharing the reason for your immersion with you guide, she can provide you with a ritual for you to use during your immersion. Your mikvah guide is also present to serve as a witness to your immersion if you so desire.
Do I need to bring any personal items with me to prepare for my immersion?
We provide everything you need to prepare your body for immersion including towels, bathrobes, and toiletry items. If you prefer to bring your own preparation items with you, that is fine. Some people also prefer to prepare at home before they arrive for their appointment which is also fine.
Is there a fee to immerse in the mikvah?
MACoM is an independent non-profit organization that relies on the support of the community to support our operating costs. We have several suggested donation levels depending on the reason for your immersion. Please note that these are suggested donations. Cost should never be a barrier to using the mikvah and no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay:
- Niddah (Monthly) and Pre-Shabbat or Pre-Holiday: $36
- Lifecycle Passages/Personal Transitions: $72
- Conversions: $180 ($150 is sponsored by clergy from a MACoM organizational partner)
Do you offer memberships?
Yes, if you are interested in immersing on a regular basis we offer the following annual memberships:
- Individual Membership: $360
- Family Membership: $540
When do I pay? What forms of payment do you accept?
When you arrive at MACoM a mikvah guide will be there to welcome you and he or she will provide you with an appointment form to fill out—you can complete the form before or after your immersion. We accept:
- Checks (made payable to MACoM)
- Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express)*
*If you choose to pay by credit card, you can provide your guide with your credit card information for MACoM to process or you can pay directly online.
What is a mikvah?
A mikvah is a pool of water or bath that is used for Jewish ritual immersion and purification. A mikvah is a pool of water or bath that is used for Jewish ritual immersion and purification. A mikvah must contain a certain minimum quantity of which has been gathered without being “drawn” by human hands or tools, or becoming subject to ritual impurity. Its use is mandated by Biblical and rabbinic law in certain situations, but has become customary as part of many other types of rituals.
What is different about this mikvah?
This is the only mikvah in Atlanta open to the entire Jewish community, without imposing a particular denominational approach or style of practice.
Atlanta Jews who participate in and connect to their Judaism may still find mikvah to be a distant practice. A bride who immersed before her wedding and has not immersed since since may now delight in her experience and all the spiritual opportunities it offers. A new father, grateful for his healthy child, will enjoy marking this milestone in his life. A cancer survivor, having completed treatment, may find meaning in acknowledging this transition into a new chapter. The possibilities for traditional and non-traditional immersions are almost limitless. These will serve to strengthen, reaffirm and connect a committed Jew, while adding to the multi-dimensional experience that is modern Judaism.
What does MACoM mean?
“Macom” in Hebrew means “place”. Genesis 1:9 states: “God said, let the waters be gathered to a single place.” The psalmist uses the word “macom” to denote the place where God dwells: “Blessed is the honor of God from His place.” The Talmud takes it further and utilizes the word “macom” as another name for God. When our community has a beautiful place to celebrate and observe mitzvot together, than it truly becomes one of God’s places. These varying uses of the word “macom” serve as an inspiration to the new Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah (MACoM), which strives to become a place of community gathering, education, and spiritual fulfillment.
How was the mikvah built? Is it kosher?
The mikvah was designed to meet the highest ritual and hygienic standards, under the supervision of Rabbi Joshua Heller, who has trained in Mikvah construction and operations. The mikvah plans and construction underwent further review and approval from Rabbi Ya’akov Love, of Yeshivat Hovevei Torah.
Macom’s operating procedures are reviewed by a Clergy Advisory Council with representatives from Reform, Conservative and Orthodox backgrounds, to ensure that Jews from across the spectrum of observance can feel comfortable using it.
How can I get involved?
Click here for more information on how to get involved with MACoM.