Keylim Mikveh

Conveniently on Site

YIQV has partnered with the Vleigh Mikveh to provide the Kew Gardens Hills community with full daytime access to toveil keylim. Our Keylim Mikveh is located in the lot adjacent to the Main Building.

Hours of Operation

141-55 77th Ave, Flushing NY 11367


Sunday-Thursday 7:00 am to 9:00 pm

Erev Shabbos

1 Hour before Shabbos


What is Tevilas Keilim?

Tevilas Keilim refers to the immersion of utensils, particularly those made of metal, in a mikvah (ritual bath). This practice is derived from the Torah, specifically in Bamidbar.

When is Tevilas Keilim required?

Tevilas Keilim is required for metal utensils that are used for meals or meal preparation. This includes items like dishes, cutlery, serving utensils, pots, pans, and ladles.

Are there materials that do not require Tevilah?

Yes, materials such as wood, earthenware, stone, bone, horn, marble, and leather do not require Tevilas Keilim. The focus is primarily on metal utensils.

Does glass require Tevilas Keilim?

Yes, glass, including Pyrex, Duralex, Corelle, crystal, and fiberglass, requires Tevilah. It is treated similarly to metal since both can be repaired with the heat of a fire.

What about plastic, nylon, Formica, melamine, and rubber?

The custom is not to require Tevilah for these materials, but one may choose to be more stringent and immerse them without a brocha.

Can I use utensils before Tevilas Keilim?

No, one should not use a vessel, even once, before Tevilas Keilim. If mistakenly used, the food may still be eaten, but the vessel should be immersed before further use.

Is Tevilas Keilim a Biblical or Rabbinical commandment?

There is a disagreement among scholars. Some consider it a Biblical commandment, while others view it as Rabbinical. The disagreement often revolves around the level of sanctity added to the equipment.

What about large equipment and electrical appliances?

Large equipment, while challenging to immerse, is not exempt from Tevilah. Electrical equipment that comes into direct contact with food, like electric water urns, requires Tevilah for relevant parts.

How to determine if Tevilah is required for purchased items?

Items purchased or gifted from a non-Jew require Tevilah. If borrowed or leased, or if one purchases metal and manufactures utensils, Tevilah may not be necessary.

What if I send equipment for repair by a non-Jew?

Equipment sent to a non-Jewish handyman for repair may not require Tevilah unless the repair involves metal that belonged to the non-Jew and is essential for the equipment’s function.

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