500 Jewish households live in Kelowna, British Columbia and over a dozen surrounding little cities, towns, and villages. The closest Mikvah is a 5-hour drive via a treacherous road that is called “Hell’s Highway” that makes its way through 3000-foot mountains.
In the summer, Jewish women opt to use a natural local lake for Mikvah during the 2-3 months that it is warm enough. In the winter, driving or flying to Vancouver or Spokane, Washington are the only options.
The Hechts are the Shluchim to Kelowna. One winter, a Mikvah night fell out on Chanukah - the same evening as a planned community event. After the event, the Hechts set out on an attempt to cross the mountain on icy roads covered in snow. During the drive, a frightening car accident spun their vehicle across the highway into the path of a semi-truck. Their car miraculously landed safely in a snowbank. After digging themselves out, they were relieved to be safe and make it home alive.
Going to Mikvah shouldn’t need a miracle to save your life.
Join us in giving Kelowna a Jewish miracle: A Mikvah of its own.