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Oxford Inaugurates First Jewish Ritual Bath in Seven Centuries

Tuesday, 17 June, 2008 - 11:15 am

NnxN2073075.jpgIsraeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and other notables helped inaugurate the first Jewish ritual bath to be built in the English city of Oxford in more than seven centuries.

Built by Chabad-Lubavitch of Oxford, the Slager Family Mikvah "fulfills a vision by the founders of the Oxford Jewish community dating back to 1845," according to Rabbi Eli Brackman, co-director of the Oxford Chabad House, which serves local residents and students of Oxford University. "Back then, local Chief Rabbi Nathan Adler inquired about the presence of a mikvah, to which the community of four families, 20 individuals and one ritual slaughterer responded ‘not yet.’"   Continue...

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