Israeli mikvehs going solar

Israeli Deputy Religious Services Minister Eli Ben-Dahan, pictured, has instructed the country’s religious councils to transition all mikveh operations to greener and cleaner energy. Credit: Natisabu via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Israeli Deputy Religious Services Minister Eli Ben-Dahan has instructed the country’s religious councils to transition all mikveh (Jewish ritual bath) operations to greener and cleaner energy, Israel Hayom reported.

According to Ben-Dahan’s instructions, the mikveh water will be heated using solar energy in efforts to reduce pollution and energy costs. In the overcast winter months, mikveh facilities will use a backup system of gas-powered heating.

“The objective is to make religious services more innovative and more inviting,” Ben-Dahan explained. “Even in terms of environmental protection, we aim to prevent pollution and to reduce the expenses so that we can redirect the funds to adding additional new services and expanding the basket of services available to every citizen.”

Posted on May 19, 2014 .