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Mikvah

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The Mikvah, or ritual pool, is one of Judaism’s most powerful and ancient rituals. People immerse themselves in water to add a sacred dimension to life events, including celebrating times of joy, marking significant transitions, or healing during periods of grief or illness.

The ethos of Maas Center at AJU is deeply rooted in inclusion and the Jewish values of kavod and hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests with honor and respect). Because of that, we are committed to making this ancient ritual accessible and relevant to all current and converting modern Jews, regardless of their age, affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, or background.

If you’d like to learn more or have questions, please email us at mikvah@aju.edu or call 310-440-1221.

The mikvah will be closed for renovations July 1-31.

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The Community Mikvah

Since 1981, the Community Mikvah at AJU has been a vital part of Jewish life in Southern California. It was built under the supervision of Rabbi Ben Zion Bergman z”l, a global authority recognized for his knowledge of the halakha (Jewish law). As the only pluralistic ritual pool in the Pacific Southwest, we welcome Jews of all denominations to come and immerse themselves.

Each year, the Community Mikvah hosts over a thousand visitors seeking renewal and a deeper connection to their spirituality. As the region’s hub for Jewish conversion, we partner with the Rabbinical Assembly Bet Din and the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din to welcome hundreds of newcomers to the Jewish faith. We also host group tours and classes for adults and elementary students who come to learn about this profound tradition.

New Moon Circle

Thursday, June 6 · 6:30 – 8:00 pm
The Familian Campus

For generations, women* have gathered to mark the new moon, Rosh Chodesh, a celebration of a new month. The Community Mikvah at AJU invites you to a spiritual gathering for a sacred journey of reflection and intention setting.

*This event is open to those who identify as women and as non-binary.



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Rachel Marcus, Mikvah Manager

Meet The Manager

Rachel Marcus leads the Mikvah. Rachel is an experienced ritualist and healer with Psychology and Jewish Studies degrees. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Rachel is honored to be part of a new generation of voices in the LA Jewish community. In her personal life, she loves spending time outdoors, baking challah, and singing loudly in her car.

“My AJU Community Mikvah experience was fantastic. Everyone was so helpful and welcoming! 10/10 would recommend for your Mikvah needs.”

“I recently had the opportunity to visit the Mikvah, and it was such a meaningful experience. The atmosphere was serene and peaceful, with soft lighting. The water was warm and inviting, and I felt a sense of renewal as I immersed myself. It was a moment of introspection and connection with my faith. My Mikvah experience was truly special and left me with a sense of spiritual rejuvenation.”

“I absolutely loved my experience during my Mikvah immersion… the staff was terrific.”