It took a year-and-a-half to complete the brand-new mikvah in Abuja, the capital city in the middle of Nigeria, but it was finally completed last month, a welcome addition in a place where Jewish amenities are few and far between.
For the “Spa for the Soul” grand opening, women came in from Lagos and Ghana to celebrate the addition to Jewish life. Rabbi Israel and Haya Uzan, co-directors of Chabad of Nigeria, settled in Abuja in 2013 after visiting the West African nation to host services, meals and celebrations for the Jewish holidays.
Uzan worked with two French designers, who suggested Italian tile for the interior. A Corian wash basin and clear glass separate the mikvah from the preparation area, offering aesthetics that emit beauty and comfort. “We wanted the place to look relaxing and modern,” Haya Uzan says.
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