Stories from Within: David and Miri Rosmarin
Updated: Aug 1, 2018
Why we support the new Boston mikvah
How many times in one’s entire life does an opportunity come along to help build a new Mikvah? Once? Maybe twice? Particularly in Boston, where capital campaigns are very rare in the Orthodox world, we feel truly grateful to Hashem for the chance to contribute in a meaningful way to this project.
We are also very thankful to Rabbi Yaakov Jaffe, Rabbi David Hellman, Mr. Zev Blechner, and Mrs. Tamar Vogel for partnering with us to create a matching fund, and to the many local Rabbis and community members for their support and energy behind our campaign to raise $36,000.
Mikvah is the cornerstone of the traditional Jewish home. In our professional work within the field of mental health, we see that regular use of the Mikvah helps couples renew their commitment and connection to each other, and keep their relationships invigorated and fresh. In this day and age more than half of American marriages don’t last, and even among committed relationships many struggle to remain connected emotionally, spiritually, and physically. The resulting burden on families is both staggaring and frightening. But many of these problems are largely avoidable: Our rich spiritual heritage specifies the Mikvah as a tried-and-tested approach for couples to not only stay married, but remain happily married and build beautiful families together. All of this being the case, what greater investment could there possibly be than supporting the building of a new Mikvah?
From September 1st to the 19th, 2018 (during the Ashkenazi Slichos period, through Yom Kippur) we will match up to $18,000 in donations to the new Boston Mikvah. Supporters can give a one-time gift or spread donations over a 12-month period (e.g., $30/month = $360; $15/month = $180). Donations can be made online at https://www.bostonmikvah.org/donate or by sending checks made out to “Daughters of Israel” (with Rosmarin Family Match in the memo) to New Boston Mikvah, PO Box 35606, Brighton MA, 02135.
Please join us for this tremendous opportunity in supporting the new Boston Mikvah!
David H. Rosmarin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Founder/Director of the McLean Hospital Spirituality & Mental Health Program. Miri Rosmarin is a homemaker. They live in Brighton, MA with their six children.