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From Childhood to Adulthood – Bar/Bat Mitzvah

02/13/2020 02:04:37 PM


Rhonda Kaplan

The Mikveh is an ancient tradition, dating back to biblical times.  Today, the Mikveh is being utilized in many non-traditional ways for, not only healing and recovery, but also for celebration and marking transitions.  The Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a unique Jewish rite of passage - marking a change in status from childhood to adulthood in the Jewish community.  This time can be exciting or scary for both child and parent. ...Read more...

Healing from Illness - The Mikveh

01/07/2020 12:22:09 PM


Rhonda Kaplan

A diagnosis of cancer, or any other life threatening illness, comes with the potential of suffering emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The days and weeks of diagnostic tests and treatment planning; the long months of chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and/or surgeries – all of these bring about challenges of hope, loneliness, faith, fear, and physical disabilities. The completion of treatment can be a time for celebration,...Read more...

Celebrate Your Life

12/02/2019 09:09:35 AM


Rhonda Kaplan

Every year we celebrate a birthday! Birthdays that recognize the number of decades we have lived seem especially a time for great celebration and reflection. With the celebration of our birthday, we are reminded that our body is 60% water. Immersion in the Mikveh is a time to stop, reflect, and highlight the amazing milestone of one’s 30th…….100th birthday!

As you immerse in the Mikveh three times during the visit, saying the...Read more...

Healing After Divorce

11/11/2019 10:48:52 AM


Rhonda Kaplan

From Rhonda Kaplan, chair of the Brith Shalom Mikva Initiative, sponsored by the Houston Jewish Community Foundation:

Any loss in life is a tremendous time of change. Loss from divorce can be devastating and/or freeing. Either way, change is inevitable. This change not only, can impact an individual, but also, can impact immediate and extended family, and community. Transition, change, and loss can lead to challenges, both...Read more...

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