LINDEN – Congregation Anshe Chesed, a modern Orthodox Jewish congregation, broke ground Sunday on a new ritual bath – more evidence of Linden’s emerging role as an Orthodox community.
The Ziga Roshanski Mikvah, named after a long-serving member of the congregation who passed away in 2011, represents the latest step in a multi-year planning process to expand the Linden synagogue.
“This is an important day not only for our synagogue, but also for Linden’s Orthodox community,” said Anshe Chesed Rabbi Joshua Hess. “Every vibrant Jewish community has a mikvah in their city. With the rapid growth that our community has sustained over the past five years, it is apparent that we are on the cusp of vibrancy.”
Congregation Anshe Chesed’s plan to build a mikvah is part of an ongoing effort by the synagogue and by the national Orthodox Union to attract observant families to the area. Periodic mikvah immersion is essential for women observing the Jewish laws of family purity and for men who take part in purification rituals. There are now eight mikvahs within 10 miles of Linden, demonstrating a growing need.
The Anshe Chesed mikvah is in memory of Ziga Roshanski of Edison, a long-serving member of the congregation who passed away in 2011. Roshanski was an entrepreneur who was known for his strong support of the Jewish community.
The mikvah will be constructed in approximately one year, said Rabbi Hess. It’s being built by Roshanski’s son, Mark, owner of American Dream Properties in Edison, a development company founded by Ziga Roshanski. The mikvah is being constructed at no cost to the synagogue.
“The mikvah is just as significant as the synagogue,” Roshanski said. “It is a symbol of an ongoing tradition and celebration of the Jewish faith.”
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