Grand Opening of Gladys Kassin Mikveh of West Deal, NJ Boasts Large Crowd

By Frieda Schweky Jul 09, 2018 02:54 PM

One of the most significant parts of the Jewish lifestyle and running an Orthodox home is observing the laws of family purity. These laws and the relationships they yield are thought of as the glue that binds a marriage and brings blessings into the home. A Mikveh, a bath used for the purpose of immersion to gain purity, is an integral part of the family purity procedures. This is why when a new mikveh opens up, especially one so grand, the whole Jewish community comes together to celebrate.

On June 29, Congregation Magen David of West Deal, NJ invited the entire community to join them in celebrating the inauguration of the Gladys Kassin Mikveh, Stephanie Jemal Sultan Building. The Mikveh was beautifully constructed on the grounds of Congregation Magen David of West Deal. The Jersey Shore community is growing in leaps and bounds which is why Charlie Saka, his wife Brenda, and Rabbi Saul J. Kassin felt it pertinent to build such an addition for the area.

The inauguration event featured a large and beautiful breakfast which was held in the main building of Congregation Magen David. The buffet featured bagel, pizza, and omelet stations along with fruit carving, desserts, and more. The Shaare Zion caterers Benny Azizov and Edmond Nahum generously donated the breakfast for the large celebration.

Doris Dwek organized the event and, in Charlie Saka’s words, “She did a marvelous job!”

Over 800 people came out for the breakfast and ribbon cutting event including Mayor of Oakhurst, Chris Siciliano. Rabbi Pinhasi blessed the building which was a significant moment. Harry Adjmi acted as MC and introduced all of the speakers who addressed the community during breakfast.

Mr. Saka, Rabbi Saul J. Kassin, Rabbi Diamond, Rabbi Nahum, Rabbi Galimidi from Florida, and several other distinguished rabbis spoke about the mikveh and the blessings it will bring to the community. Gift bags were handed out that included prayer books, Jordan almonds, and Challahs for Shabbat. Gladys Kassin, her family, and the Jemal family cut the ribbon at the ceremony and tours of the new mikveh were given to anyone who wanted to see the new facilities.

“The breakfast was outstanding, the turnout was great, and the new facility is beautiful,” said Charlie Saka of the successful mikveh inauguration. “I want to express my gratitude to all who helped make the day happen.”

Since the first shovel was placed in the ground, it took just ten months to construct this state-of-the-art mikveh. The building features four suites that are titled Gardenia, Rose, Lily, and Orchid, as well as one grand bridal suite. All of the private suites feature radiant heated floors, showers and baths, large mirrors, and magnificent tiling. The modern facility has one pool, a reception room, a preparation room, and a makeup suite. The Gladys Kassin Mikveh, Stephanie Jemal Sultan Building will officially open its doors mid-August of 2018.

For more information, to book a tour, or to donate, contact Congregation Magen David of West Deal at 732-531-3220 or email

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