Let’s Save This 2,000 Year Old Mikveh!

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**  NEWS FLASH! **   August 11th, 2020
Thanks to the Israel Antiquities Authority’s efforts, our persistence and your contributions, we have managed to attain the funds for the extraction of the mikveh! Before the mikveh is moved, we need to prepare its new home. WE NEED ANOTHER $3500 TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT! Thank you!

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WHAT A COOL SURPRISE!

The Israel Antiquities Authority discovered an ancient mikveh from 2nd Temple times next to Kibbutz Hannaton! 

Uncovering the stone steps descending into the mikveh

However, the amazing archaeological find sits in a highway construction site and will be covered up and destroyed in a matter of weeks!

The Hannaton community immediately decided to seize this unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to preserve the past, connect it to the present and envision the future.

 

Look how beautifully preserved this ancient mikveh is!

Our mission is to save the ancient mikveh from destruction. We have contacted an engineering company specializing in salvaging ancient sites. They have agreed to excavate out and transplant this important Jewish find and place it in the heart of our kibbutz, thus creating a dialogue between our ancient Jewish heritage and modern life here in the Galilee.

The spot slated for this mikveh is just steps away from Shmaya: A Mikveh for Mind, Body and Soul, an active progressive mikveh that already draws visitors from Israel and around the world. This connection between the ancient and the modern will bring a tangible expression of Jewish tradition in the Galilee.

Shmaya: A Mikveh for Mind, Body and Soul in Hannaton, is unique in the State of Israel, open to all who wish to experience immersion

A mikveh (literally a gathering of living waters) is a ritual immersion pool that can be either natural or built by human hands. Full-body immersion as a transformative spiritual practice is referenced in the Hebrew Bible and explicitly drawn in the Talmud. It is a uniquely Jewish ritual still practiced to this day much as it was 2,000 years ago — whose meanings and applications have adapted in fascinating ways throughout Jewish history.

Hannaton’s mikveh is the only mikveh in the State of Israel with a stated mission of being open to all people — regardless of affiliation or identity of any sort — who are invited to immerse in the manner in which they choose. It is part of a world-wide movement to reclaim and reframe this ancient practice for all who are interested in experiencing its transformative power.

 

Plan of Action:

Our plan has two phases. The first one is immediate, as we must rescue and salvage the ancient mikveh from destruction during the highway’s construction. The second phase is the creation of a beautiful educational archaeology park.

Consulting with Engineer Yeshu Dray, who enthusiastically agreed to take on the amazing project. Here he sits next to our ancient wine press

Phase I: Salvaging the Ancient Mikveh (must be done by end of August 2020)

  • Complete preservation work to stabilize the ancient stones/plaster
  • Cover and protect the ancient stones/plaster and prepare it for transport
  • Prepare the new site: clear vegetation, level the ground, and dig a proper hole
  • Saw out, lift and transfer the ancient mikveh from its current location to the new location in Hannaton.
  • Set the ancient mikveh in the ground
  • Cover and protect the ancient mikveh until ready for display
  • The estimate for Phase I is $75,000

 

The urgency to raise the needed $75,000 for Phase I is immediate as the Highway Authority is eager to move on with construction by the end of August, 2020. 

Update: July 11, 2020

July 11, 2020: The bridge is in full construction and our 2,000 year old mikve, in the red circle, is in danger of being covered up by cement!

 

Phase II: Construction of the Educational Archaeological Park 

We are working closely with the Antiquities Authority has agreed to lend us archaeological finds to display and help us create a beautiful archaeological park, providing a platform for engagement with the public. The educational archaeological park will do two things: be an added value for visitors from Israel and abroad that already come to Hannaton for its unique characteristics, and entice others to visit.

Immediate Next Steps 

  • Hire a landscape architect to create the plan for the educational archaeology park
  • Build the educational archaeology park, reaching from the ancient mikveh to the Canaanite era wine press at the top of the hill
  • Receive and display artifacts lent to us by the Antiquities Authority
  • Design and implement educational projects for students, local communities and tourists, highlighting the connection between our ancient past and the present

As we are moving as quickly as possible, your much needed donations will be directed to the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel and transfered to Kibbutz Hannaton.

 

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Let’s work together to reach our goal and make this vision a reality BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.

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"Good luck!"
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$54
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"My late husband Prof. Donald Davidson was very interested in biblical archeology ,while our daughter-in-law Rabbi doctor Haviva Ner David is a scholar in biblical studies ,especially mikvahs."
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"No"
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"Good luck"

Let’s Save This 2,000 Year Old Mikveh!

$17,997   raised
GOAL: $75,000

213

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Save The Ancient Mikveh Team
Northern District, Israel

We are group of Kibbutz Hannaton members, crazy about archaeology and Jewish history and traditions, feverishly working with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Jezre'el Valley Regional District, the Highway Authority and Engineer Yeshu Dray to save this incredibly preserved, ancient mikveh and transfer it to our kibbutz for safekeeping, BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

  • Chai
    42 claimed

    Give LIFE to the Ancient Mikveh. Todah!

  • Musical Triple Chai
    31 claimed

    A TRIPLE Chai donor will receive an mp3 of "Day and Night", gentle Hebrew music for meditation and prayer created by members of Kibbutz Hannaton.

  • Kibbutz Hannaton Visit
    15 claimed

    You've always wanted to visit a kibbutz , right? Hannaton is a unique, intentional, multi-denominational, egalitarian kibbutz and there is NO OTHER like it in Israel. Come visit, we'd love to show you our community, tell you our story and the history of the kibbutz movement.

  • Personalized Mikveh Immersion Ceremony
    1 claimed

    Get a private session with Rabbi Haviva Ner-David to create a personalized mikveh immersion ceremony at Shmaya: A Mikveh for Mind, Body and Soul at Kibbutz Hannaton. Hannaton is a unique, intentional, multi-denominational, egalitarian kibbutz and there is NO OTHER like it in Israel. After your immersion, we'd love to show you our community, tell you our story and the history of the kibbutz movement.

  • Shabbat Experience at Kibbutz Hannaton
    3 claimed

    Hannaton is a unique, intentional, religious, multi-denominational, egalitarian kibbutz and there is NO OTHER like it in Israel. Come spend a Shabbat weekend with us! We'd love to show you our community, tell you our story and the history of the kibbutz movement. Also, enjoy our amazing Kabbalat Shabbat services, have Shabbat dinner and spend the night at one of our homes. Experience the Shabbat atmostphere at our community. Be our guest for Shabbat! (for 2 people)

  • FREE Guided Full Day Tour of the Lower Galilee with a Licensed Israel Tour Guide
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    As soon as the corona is over, come visit and one of our amazing tour guides will give you a full day's tour of the Lower Galilee. What would you like to see? Tzippori? Beit Shearim? Yodfat? Nazareth? Enjoy a fabulous day in our backyard! And, why not combine it with a stay for the Shabbat weekend? We'd love to host you! Experience Shabbat on Hannaton! Join us for our amazing Kabbalat Shabbat services, enjoy Shabbat dinner and spend the night at one of our homes. (for up to 3 people)

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