New Orleans is building a community mikveh! But what is a mikveh for anyway? Join Rabbis Josh Pernick and Lexi Erdheim along with Jessica Rosenberg of the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network to learn about the history and development of the mikveh from the Torah through today. We will explore contemporary re-imaginings of the mikveh and consider how you might use our community mikveh. Rabbi Bob Loewy will share updates about the progress of the mikveh and answer questions.
Making Waves: NOLA's New Mikveh & You
Rabbi Lexi Erdheim serves as the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, LA where she oversees Tribe, the congregation’s young adult group. She is also the Jewish Life and CIT Supervisor for URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Mississippi. She received rabbinic ordination and a masters degree in nonprofit management from the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles in 2019.
Rabbi Josh Pernick joined Congregation Beth Israel in Metairie, LA, in July of 2019. Since moving to New Orleans, he has joined the boards of the Jewish Community Day School and the Jewish Childrens' Regional Service, as well as serving on the Strategic Planning Subcommittee of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.
Jessica joined Mayyim Hayyim in 2019 as a graduate fellow and became director of the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network in 2020. Jessica was born and raised in New York and holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Kenyon College and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Her graduate work focused on bringing historical Jewish rituals into the present and she is thrilled to work with this network and the open mikva’ot around the world who are making this ritual accessible to all Jews.
Rabbi Bob Loewy is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Gates of Prayer- Metairie, LA; Part-time Rabbi for Northshore Jewish Congregation- Mandeville, LA and serves on the Board of Limmud NOLA.