Dear West Orange Community Members,

This past year has been a trying one for Am Yisrael. It is beautiful to see how, as a community, we have come together to support our brothers and sisters in Israel in heartfelt and meaningful ways.

As you give tzedakah generously, please recall that local communal organizations, like the West Orange Mikvah, are also in need of significant funds to operate. In 2023, only 95 families donated to the West Orange Mikvah. Our 2023 expenses totaled $85,000 yet we received only $70,000 in donations. We need more robust financial support to sustain the Mikvah in 2024!

If you own a home, you know that there are often unexpected maintenance expenses that arise. The Mikvah has had a number of facility repair and replacement expenses since 2022 that we simply cannot afford without an infusion of funds from this campaign. We replaced our eight year old commercial boiler at a cost of $13,000 and our thirty year old roof at a cost of $14,000. Most recently, our twenty-five year old heating system failed and was replaced at a cost of $17,000. The Mikvah does not have the funds to cover these most recent expenses, so your contributions are critical.

We encourage every household in West Orange--whether or not any of its family members are Mikvah users--to support the West Orange Mikvah so that we can continue to serve women and men in our community. Though donations of any amount are welcome, we encourage membership and donations for the 2024 calendar year at the following levels:

Membership Campaign

$1800  Platinum Donor's Circle
(includes family membership)

$1000  Silver Donor's Circle
(includes family membership)

$500  Donor's Circle
(includes family membership)

$180  Individual Membership

If you would prefer to pay by check, please make checks payable to "Essex County Ritualarium" and send to c/o Silverman, 27 Greenwood Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052.

We also aim to eliminate co-pay payments at the Mikvah by encouraging sponsorship for each month of the Jewish year. If you would like to participate in this program or are interested in other dedication/naming opportunities, please email

Nina Taub Horowitz and Sara Braverman, Co-Presidents
Chaim Silverman, Treasurer