Hallendale Beach, FL: The first Mikvah with a hydraulic lift in the southeastern United States — and one of only a few in the world — could be completed within weeks. It will be the first Mikvah of any kind in Hallandale Beach.
R’ Raphael Tennenhaus, executive vice president of Chabad of South Broward, said, “We’ve been informed in confidence that certain people have opted not to go to the Mikvah because of the embarrassment.” He explained that for people with multiple sclerosis or other forms of paralysis getting in and out of the Mikvah was just too much of an ordeal.
“Hydraulic lifts will really make it much more private and dignified,” said Tennenhaus, whose Shul will be running the new $750,000 facility.
There are numerous mikvahs at synagogues in South Florida, including those in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Weston, Plantation and Lauderhill.
But R’ Sholom Grossbaum, a consultant who has worked on numerous Mikvaos throughout the world, said the only mikvahs he knows of with hydraulic lifts to accommodate the handicapped are in Jerusalem, Monsey, N.Y., and Brooklyn.