Cincinnati Zoning Board Ponders Permit for Mikveh in Residential District

The Zoning Board of Appeals here is pondering the interesting question of whether a Mikveh, the ritualistic bathhouse of traditional Judaism, should be permitted to locate in a residence district.

The application was presented by Bernard Pepinsky on behalf of the Beth-Tevileh-Mikveh Association which desires to erect the bathhouse on the north side of exclusive Washington Avenue, between Rockdale and Forest Avenues. Washington Avenue Synagogue is only half a block away and Rockdale Avenue Temple is just around the corner from the proposed Mikveh. Former Mayor Murray Seasongood and many other prominent Jews live in that vicinity.

The Mikveh Association is composed of representatives of practically every orthodox synagogue in Cincinnati including: Adath Israel, Ansche Polen, Beth Hamedroth Hagadol, Tifereth Israel, Tifereth Zion, and Ohav Sholem Congregations.

The association has been incorporated in Ohio as a non-profit making corporation by Hirsch Manischewitz, president. It would be financed by donations, public subscriptions and dues. Many orthodox Jews here have moved to the hilltop from the western section of the basin of the city where they bathed in the only Mikveh now in operation here, located on Mound Street.

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