Authors Posts by Mijal Bitton and Elana Stein Hain

Mijal Bitton and Elana Stein Hain

Mijal Bitton and Elana Stein Hain
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Dr. Mijal Bitton is Scholar in Residence at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and the Rosh Kehilla of The Downtown Minyan. Dr. Elana Stein Hain is the Director of Faculty and a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and previously served as clergy at both Lincoln Square Synagogue and the Jewish Center. She lives with her family on the Upper West of Manhattan.

The Mikveh Never Closed: What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Mikveh

Last year at this time, when the pandemic brought tremendous upheaval to Jewish communal institutions the mikveh remained open for use. In this expansive piece, Mijal Bitton and Elana Stein Hain examine the communal response to mikveh during COVID-19, explore the experiences of women who chose to use--or not use--the mikveh during this time, and offer constructive recommendations for the future.