Donor to match mikveh money

An anonymous donor is speeding the fundraising for a major refurbishment of Manchester's communal mikveh.

The benefactor has offered to match contributions from community members for the £75,000 still required.

Around £250,000 has already been raised towards work on bathrooms, rewiring, roof repairs and updating fire safety equipment at the mikveh in Tetlow Lane, Salford. The seven pool, 12 bathroom complex dates back to the 1950s.

Dayanim at Manchester Beth Din, which administers the mikveh, have launched an appeal for the remaining funds. Beth Din registrar Rabbi Yehuda Brodie says the mikveh will be "state-of-the-art to make it attractive for all members of the community". The project is in memory of former Beth Din president Anthony Schwalbe, who died earlier this year.

    Last updated: 10:17am, September 8 2010