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Miriam C Berkowitz Miriam C. Berkowitz is a Conservative rabbi, educator and writer. Born in Montreal, she received ordination from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem. For three years she was Assistant Rabbi at Park Avenue Synagogue, Manhattan. She was then an Associate Rabbi and scholar in Boca Raton, Florida. She currently teaches in Jerusalem, Israel. She is known for her traditionalist responsa on the mikveh and Family purity which was accepted by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. She is regarded as an expert on the Mikveh within Conservative Judaism. She is the author of Taking the Plunge: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to the Mikveh, which offers a comprehensive discussion of contemporary issues and new mikveh uses along with traditional reasons for observance, details of how to prepare and what to expect, and how the laws developed.