The Agam Center & Mikvah Chaim at Ohev Sholom

1600 Jonquil Street, NW
Washington DC  20012

Phone: (202) 723-0292

The Agam Center & Mikvah Chaim at Ohev Sholom

The Agam Center is our opportunity to redefine the responsibilities of a mikvah within a community. More than simply a physical place to immerse, the Agam Center is a space to address women's wellness and spirituality in a communal setting. In addition to offering a beautiful, welcoming mikvah, the Agam Center provides education, programming, and resources on a variety of topics relavent to a Jewish woman throughout her lifetime - regardless of her personal mikvah practice. The purpose of The Agam Center is to tend to the spiritual needs and wellness of the women of the community through educational, celebratory, and supportive programming, closer community connections, and access to community resources and support. The Agam Center is also home to our beautiful Mikvah Chaim, a space for spiritual renewal and every individual mikvah practice.

The Ohev Sholom Mikvah Chaim is an inclusive, kosher mikvah open to individuals from all streams of Judaism.

In Judaism, water is a symbol of life. It is no wonder that Sages tell us that when beginning a Jewish community our first act is to build a mikvah. Even before a synagogue is built, we must have mayim chayim, “living waters” to be able to function as a Jewish community. Like ancient mikvaot, Mikvah Chaim contains living waters. “Living water” means running or moving water, and comes from a God-given source such as rain, snow, ice, spring water or the ocean. Because the mikvah is a symbol of spiritual cleansing, transformation, and renewal, individuals come to the living waters at times of change in their lives or to commemorate a special occasion.

Here are some popular, evolving uses for today’s mikvah:
- Immersion by couples prior to the wedding ceremony
- Men, women and children’s conversions to Judaism
- Taharat Hamishpachah, the mitzvah of women’s traditional monthly immersion
- Marking transformations in women’s bodies such as onset of menstruation, miscarriage, infertility, pregnancy, the birth of a child or menopause
- Preparations for Shabbat and holidays
- Honoring personal milestones
- Beginning anew by marking the end of a period of mourning, divorce, or recovery after illness

Immersing in the mikvah can be a time for reflection and spiritual elevation. Our staff is available to work with you to create the spiritual environment and immersive experience you desire. Our attendants have been extensively trained with the expectation of the utmost sensitivity to any of our patrons’ needs, including special training in breast cancer awareness and fertility sensitivity. We would be honored to help facilitate your immersion.

The Ohev Sholom Mikvah Chaim (est. 2014) is an inclusive, kosher mikvah open to individuals from all streams of Judaism.


If you have questions about scheduling an appointment please email attendant@ohevsholommikvah.org. All appointments cost $20, which can be paid online or in person. If you have concerns about the cost, or any other questions, please contact Maharat Friedm

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Founded: Fall of 2012

Categories: Community Center, Community Organization, Religious Center




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Past Events

Balabusta Collective: You Can Never Have Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

Balabusta Collective: You Can Never Have Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen
09:30 pm - 09/19/2017

At The Agam Center & Mikvah Chaim at Ohev Sholom

The Balabusta Collective: Cooking Jewish Together, Virtually No fuss, no frills. Messy kitchens encouraged. Come join and tell us what you've got cooking, share...

High Holiday Immersion Schedule for Men & Women

High Holiday Immersion Schedule for Men & Women
06:00 am - 09/17/2017

At The Agam Center & Mikvah Chaim at Ohev Sholom

We invite you to usher in this auspcious time at Mikvah Chaim. We welcome all who wish immerse before the High Holidays. MEN'S HOURS Erev Rosh Hashanah: 9/20 6AM-3PM Erev...

Sweetness In A Season Of Holiness

Sweetness In A Season Of Holiness
04:00 pm - 09/16/2017

At The Agam Center & Mikvah Chaim at Ohev Sholom

Join us for an afternoon of learning and intention setting as we look forward to celebrating the New Year together. All women are welcome. Hoping to see so many...

Female Leadership In a Man's World: An Agam Women's Gathering

Female Leadership In a Man's World: An Agam Women's Gathering
04:45 pm - 07/15/2017

At The Agam Center & Mikvah Chaim at Ohev Sholom

We look forward to coming together for our next Agam Center women's gathering: Learning with and from our own Maharat Ruth Friedman. Join us as we take a look at...

And We All Stood At Sinai: Finding Personal Meaning in Shavuot

And We All Stood At Sinai: Finding Personal Meaning in Shavuot
04:00 pm - 06/01/2017

At The Agam Center & Mikvah Chaim at Ohev Sholom

Join us for an inspired opportunity to explore Shavuot with Izabella Tabarovsky. Shavuot invites a big communal celebration, but its themes also guide us to explore...

Wine & Weaving: Art Collaboration

Wine & Weaving: Art Collaboration
08:00 pm - 05/22/2017

At The Agam Center & Mikvah Chaim at Ohev Sholom

Join the ever-talented Rena Fruchter as she brings us together to create a beautiful art collaboration -- a woven wall of prayers and blessings to adorn our Mikvah...

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