Tucked in the far southeastern corner of the globe, the Jewish community of Wellington, New Zealand, is in the process of rebuilding its aging community mikvah. For many, the endeavor is especially meaningful in the light of the special significance that the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneersohn, of righteous memory—attached to its construction as far back as 1944.

Wellington’s Jewish community had been established more than a century earlier, when Jews from the British Empire began trickling into the colony. The first Shabbat services were held in 1843. Two years later, when a Jewish baby passed away, the first Jewish cemetery was consecrated.

Yet even as the community continued to attract new immigrants and many Jews became prominent in business and politics, the isolation and small size of the community proved challenging. Over the decades, some Jews intermarried and assimilated into the wider society. Despite everything, the Jewish community continued its struggle to not only survive, but thrive.

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