WE WANT A CHABAD MIKVEH IN CAMBRIDGE
The two articles on the Cambridge mikveh ( JC, September 19) leave a number of points needing clarification. Firstly the Cambridge community does not want Mr Gilinsky to build a mikveh at Milton Road, but prefers the Chabad proposal. Far from the idyllic situation painted by Prof Alderman, Milton Road is a major route for cars and buses and the only available street parking is in neighbouring side streets some distance away, which could even become restricted in the future.
Secondly, the Chabad house is not in the centre of town, as alleged, but on the fringes of the centre. It also has the advantage that the County Council car park is across the road and is available for free parking every evening. As Mr Gilinsky himself argued when he wished the mikveh to be built in Thompson’s Lane, the mikveh needs to be near the centre of town as many of the potential customers would need to walk there.
Finally, as an observer of this affair, and a trustee of the Orthodox Congregation, it appears to me that it is not Chabad who are obstructing the building of the mikveh, but the Gilinskys. After all, the CCMCT trustees have repeatedly voted against giving the funds to the Gilinskys and it is time the Gilinskys cooperated in building the mikveh on a central, well known, and easily accessible site. Barry Landy Gilbert Road, Cambridge