Effective June 23, 2020We are happy to announce that the Keilim Mikvah has been reopened for business! Below are new guidelines for safe use of the mikvah during the Covid-19 Pandemic:
- All users of the mikvah must wear personal protection equipment including a face mask and gloves.
- Only one person may be inside the keilim mikvah facility at any time.
- The mikvah water will have elevated levels of bromine to kill any pathogens or germs.
Re-Acquisition of Kelim for TevillahThe Keilim Mikvaos in Chicago closed before Pesach due to Covid-19. In order to help people use new utensils without tevillah, the cRc arranged a method for people to declare them “hefker” (ownerless). What should people do now that the Keilim Mikvaos have reopened?
- If you are immuno-compromised, elderly, have Covid symptoms, or not feeling well, you may continue to use the utensils that are hefker until somebody else is able to toivel the utensils for you (at which time you would acquire the utensils as set forth below).
- If you are ready to perform tevillah for the utensils, do as follows:
- Take the utensils which were made hefker, and lift them up over your head (kinyan hagbahah) with the intention of acquiring them. No verbal declaration is required.
- Bring the utensils (either yourself or through your representative, as set forth above) to the Keilim Mikvah to be toiveled. Directions for tevillas keilim, including which items require tevillah and when to recite a bracha, can be found on the cRc website at https://kshr.us/Tevillah.
- Please make sure to abide by all the rules currently in effect for the Keilim Mikvah (e.g., to wear a mask and gloves, and to make sure that only one person goes inside at a time, etc.).
- If you are not planning to use the utensils immediately (such as Pesach utensils), you can wait until it is time to re-use them before performing tevillah for those utensils.
May we all merit to be able to fulfill the mitzvah of tevillas kelim on all appropriate occasions in good health and safety.
Rules for Keilim Mikvah Use
- Suggested donation for use: $5. A donation box is available next to the mikvah. Donations may also be made online or by Chase QuickPay to "firstname.lastname@example.org".
- Mikvah opens at daybreak and closes 1 hr before sunset. Use after closing is strictly prohibited.
- Please help keep your community mikvah clean. Remove all packaging and labels from keilim before tevilah and dispose of in trash receptacles
- For the updated code to the keilim mikvah, please call (847) 278-2939. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU LOCK THE DOOR BEHIND YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE