Mikvah News

MACoM: Come on in; the Water’s Great

As I sit here writing this column, I hear the rain falling outside. I am saddened that what brings MACoM and our community so much joy is causing so much heartache for our friends in Texas and Florida. Just as many Jews ready themselves for the High Holidays, we at MACoM ready our mikvah.

One of the many tasks is the emptying, inspecting, cleaning and ultimate refilling of the bor (cistern) used. While this is not necessarily required this time of year, it fits into our schedule nicely before the rush of the High Holidays. We usually block out time at the end of August, knowing that the weather will ultimately set the schedule. We then wait and watch the weather.

You can read the rest of MACoM’s President, Caryn Hanrahan’s, recent article at the Atlanta Jewish Times.

Don’t Forget to Schedule your Pre-High Holiday Immersion!

Have you considered immersing before the High Holidays?

Many people enjoy immersing in a mikvah before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, helping them to feel spiritually cleansed before the start of the holidays. Whether you use a mikvah regularly or have never been before, our mikvah guides are available to facilitate your visit and help you make the most of your immersion experience, whether they serve as a witness to your immersion, or not.

MACoM is open for pre-High Holiday immersions during the following times.

Friday, Sept.15th: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday, Sept. 17th: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday, Sept. 18th: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 19th: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 20th: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 26th: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 27th: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, Sept. 28th: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, Sept. 29th: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Immersions at MACoM are by appointment only. We ask that you provide at least 48 hours notice before your appointment request. Appointments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at immerse@atlantamikvah.org or 404-549-9679.

Rosh Chodesh Women’s Study Group–Elul

You are cordially invited to join us at MACoM for a Rosh Chodesh Women’s Study Group

Rosh Chodesh Elul
Women at the Beginning of Exodus: Where would we Be Without Them?

Explore the seldom mentioned women who, with insight and bravery, helped to ensure the continuity of the Israelite people.

Facilitated by Rabbis Ellen Nemhauser & Lauren Cohn

Wednesday, August 23rd
7:15-9:00 PM

$18 per person
A dairy dinner will be served
info@atlantamikvah.org OR

Payment can be made via check or cash at the program. Credit card payments can be made in advance on our website via the link below and then clicking on “Donate to MACoM”


Mayim Rabim Inaugural Art Exhibition: June 11 – October 30

MACoM is excited to announce the opening of its new gallery space and inaugural art exhibition!

Mayim Rabim: Many Waters, is a photographic art exhibition of fine art prints by Margery Diamond portraying water in magnificent settings. The images are filled with a sense of wonder that may be experienced whenever you visit one of nature’s masterpieces. Please let these images fill your imagination as if you were there yourself.

Please join us for a public viewing of the exhibition on Sunday, June 11th from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. After this viewings are available by appointment only.


Mayim Rabim: Many Waters by Margery Diamond

June 11 – October 30

Viewings are available by appointment only

Prints available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to MACoM


Just as a waterfall opens our hearts to letting life pour into us, the mikvah opens itself to us so that we can pour ourselves into life. 


Video: The Experience of MACoM

Rosh Chodesh Monthly Women’s Study Group

You are cordially invited to join us at MACoM for a Rosh Chodesh Women’s Study Group

We will gather once a month in the evenings in celebration of Rosh Chodesh. Our classes will be facilitated by extraordinary women from the Atlanta community to guide us in learning.

Mark your calendar and join us
Tuesday, April 25th 7:15-9pm

Emily Brenner, an ordained Rabbi, attorney and therapist will lead us in:

“A Celebration of Women:  What does Rosh Chodesh Mean?”

A kosher dinner will be served
$18.00 per person
RSVP by Sunday, April 23rd:
info@atlantamikvah.org or

Payment can be made via check or cash. Credit card payments can be made online on our website via the link below and by clicking on “Donate to MACoM:”


MACoM Gala–Thank you!!!

On the evening of Thursday, March 16th, over 400 volunteers, community partners and friends purchased tickets for our very first gala!  The event was held to honor the founders of MACoM and help raise the funds needed to pay off the mikvah’s construction loan. Because of the generous support of the greater Atlanta Jewish community we accomplished just that.

Thank you to everyone who made this such a special evening and for helping to ensure the success of a community mikvah that is available for all Jews.

Upcoming Passover Programs

MACoM is pleased to offer two programs to help you mentally and spiritually prepare for the upcoming Passover holiday and to tour Atlanta’s new community mikvah. Both programs will be held at MACoM. Please RSVP at info@atlantamikvah.org or 404-549-9679.

Reaching Out of Our “Narrow Places” Toward Hope & Healing with Chaplain Marita Anderson

Thursday, March 23rd at 7:30 pm

In the Exodus narrative, the word for Egypt, Mitzraim, can be translated as a “narrow strait.” As we prepare for Passover, let us explore ways in which the Exodus story is relevant in our lives today and what it means to feel constricted and limited by our “narrow places.” What mindsets keep us stuck in Egypt? How do we deal with uncertainty, disappointment, frustration? What replenishes our wells of life, joy, connection?

Let’s explore how the living water, mayim hayim, can help us reach out of the “narrow places” toward hope and healing.


Passover Dips: A Celebration of Passover Foods & Dishes with Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder

Tuesday, April 4th at 10:00 am

Join us for a morning of recipes, flavor and spirit! The Ma Nishtana points out that the Seder is different because we dip twice but there is more to the story than that! This lively workshop will have us trying charoset recipes from around the world and discussing the many ways dipping connects to the meaning of Passover.

Participants will have opportunities to share their memories of dishes that make the holiday special and to take away some inspiration for their Seder tables this year!


“Brave Miss World”

MACoM is proud to be a Community Partner for the upcoming screening of “Brave Miss World,” hosted by Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta and the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The film tells the story of Miss Israel, Linor Abargil, who was abducted, stabbed, and raped only six weeks before winning the Miss World pageant. The film follows her from the rape, to her crowning, and through her crusade to fight for justice and break the silence.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with experts in the field and a delicious dessert reception catered by The Spicy Peach. A portion of all ticket sales will go directly to sexual assault prevention. This event is on Tuesday, April 4th at 7 p.m. at Temple Sinai. Tickets available at www.jwfatlanta.org/events.

More information can be found on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1425887007469832/

Mikvah Immersed in Community

Transitioning from a satisfying career as a nurse-midwife to a more family-centered time left me fluid, like water. I became more responsive to the ebbs and flow of the day instead of a planned schedule.

My timeline paralleled another change in the Atlanta Jewish Community. The intrafaith community mikvah located at Congregation B’nai Torah faced infrastructure problems and needed to be renovated. While B’nai Torah was undergoing capital renovation, a few brave souls thought that the Atlanta Jewish Community was ready for a true community and reimagined mikvah.

You can read the rest of MACoM’s President, Caryn Hanrahan’s, recent article at the Atlanta Jewish Times.