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Shanfield Melnick Mikvah

As our Shul reached the milestone of 40 years in its current location on Glengrove Avenue, we embarked on a project of renewal through an expansion of the Shul building. Building a Mikvah that can serve the needs of our entire neighbourhood was a major objective of the planned renovation.

Benefactors and Sponsors

Shomrai Shabbos Chevra Mishnayos expresses our deep gratitude and sincere appreciate to Mr. and Mrs. Mani and Joan Melnick for their benevolence in graciously dedicating our new Shanfield-Melnick Mikvah, named in commemoration of their mothers, Mrs. Lina Shanfield a”h and Mrs. Bertha Melnick a”h, as well as in memory of Mrs. Joan Melnick’s sister, Ms. Gail Shanfield a”h.

              

The blessed memory of these special women will be perpetuated through this dedication and the ongoing use of the Mikvah will serve as a continuous merit to them and to the extended Melnick family.

As a Shomrai Shabbos sisterhood project, many years ago, Lina’s daughter Joan Melnick was involved in chaperoning ladies to and from Mikvah at the Bais Yaakov Elementary school on Friday nights and Yom Tov. She would leave her family and take the 2 hours needed to help other ladies perform this mitzvah. This went on for many years. With the graciousness of the Melnick-Shanfield family, there is now be a neighborhood Mikvah that can be used for these devoted ladies on Shabbos and Yom Tov.


Our beautiful new facility encompasses a number of features donated by generous benefactors, namely:

- the Men’s Mikvah, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Bentzion Heitner

- the Women’s Mikvah, donated by the Marder Family

- the Keylim Mikvah, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Avraham Heller

- Reception Area, donated by Mrs. Gabi Messinger

- Preparation Room 1, donated by Dr. & Mrs. Ariah Schattner

- Preparation Room 2, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Ron Rutman

- Preparation Room 3, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Shimmy Bernstein

- Bracha Plaque, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Aaron Wagschal

- Shower 1, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Shimmy Bernstein

- Shower 2, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Shimmy Bernstein

- Laundry Facility, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Ashley Ross

- Closets and Storage, donated by the Cashman, Engel, Heber and Jacob Families

- Friend of the Mikvah, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Howard Katz 

- Otzer Mei Geshamim Hashaka, donated by Anonymous

- Otzer Mei Geshamim Zreiah, donated by Anonymous

- Select Mikvah sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for more information. 

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Location and Access

Location

The Mikvah is located within Shomrai Shabbos Congregation at 585 Glengrove Avenue, Toronto.

Access

ENTRY

An attendant is at the Mikvah on Erev Shabbos afternoons and Women’s Friday night/Yom Tov attendances.

To access the Mikvah facilities during all other times you will need a passcard (for Mikvah Members) or a code (for per use basis). Please call the Shul Office at (416) 782-8849 x 2 during office hours to obtain the code. Please note the door code is changed frequently.

INTERNAL ENTRANCE

The Mikvah is located basement level, on the southwest corner of the Shul, opposite the Nursery. Follow the internal signage.

EXTERNAL ENTRANCE

The external entrance is located at the back (South West) corner of the Shul Building, down a flight of stairs. For those requiring the use of the elevator (which is accessible from the parking lot), please call the Shul Office at (416) 782-8849 x 2 to ensure availability and access.

To access the Mikvah from the external entrance you can either (1) walk through the wooden door entrance (to the right of the Shul’s Main Doors) and follow the walkway; or (2) access through the parking lot/back of the building.

OVERHEAD VIEW OF THE SHUL BUILDING  ACCESS OFF SHUL MAIN ENTRANCE ACCESS VIA SHUL PARKING LOT
 

Hours of Operation

MEN’S MIKVAH

- Sunday to Friday before Davening every weekday morning to 8:00am

- Erev Shabbos and Erev Yom Tov from 2:00 p.m. until 1 hour before the Z’man

WOMEN’S MIKVAH

- Friday evenings and Yom Tov Evenings, by appointment only.

KEYLIM MIKVAH

- Monday to Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 p.m.

- Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for Mikvah members only

- Please note there is no tevilas keylim on Fridays and Erev Yom Tov

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO ITS MULTI-PURPOSE USAGE, THESE HOURS ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

 

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Fees and Membership

Running a Mikvah is a large financial undertaking. Maintenance, upkeep, repairs and staffing are required for continued operation. Though the Shul subsidizes much of the costs through its own fundraising, the Mikvah’s operations rely substantially on user membership and donations.

Per-use Fees

Keylim: The suggested donation is $5.00 per use. A collection box is located in the Mikvah. Alternatively payment by credit card for donations of $18+ can be made online.

Men: The suggested donation is $5.00 per use. A collection box is located in the Mikvah. Alternatively payment by credit card for donations of $18+ can be made online.

Women: The standard fee is $20.00 per appointment by cash or cheque –only – payable to “Shomrai Shabbos”. Payment can be arranged confidentially through Minda Wagschal at (416) 456-6815.

 

Membership

Membership entitles the holder to an electronic card pass during prescribed times. The cost of a replacement key is $7.

Rates are fixed for the period of Rosh Hashana for each year and may be pro-rated if joining mid-year.

SSCM Member Erev Shabbos/YomTov Rate: $180

SSCM Member Daily Rate: $250

SSCM Member Family Rate: $360

Non-Member Erev Shabbos/YomTov Rate: $250

Non-Member Daily Rate: $500

Sign up for Mikvah Membership

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Contact the Mikvah Coodinator

To make a strictly confidential Friday night/Yom Tov appointments with the Mikvah Coordinator, please call (416) 782-8849  x 5 and leave a message. Please note that messages are checked by the Mikvah coordinator only and are held in strict confidence.

You can also use this strictly confidential form.

 

 

Sun, May 20 2018 6 Sivan 5778