Los Angeles Mikvah

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Los Angeles Mikvah

This Week's Schedule

Week of Oct. 22, 2017

6:55 pm - 9:55 pm (Sun)
6:55 pm - 9:55 pm (Mon)
6:55 pm - 9:55 pm (Tue)
6:55 pm - 9:55 pm (Wed)
6:55 pm - 9:55 pm (Thu)

6:50 pm - 7:20 pm (Fri)
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm (Sat)

Mikvah rooms will be available for preparation 45 minutes prior to opening hours, and no earlier.

Please note that on Motzaei Shabbat as well as Motzaei Yom Tov (Saturday Nights and at the close of Holidays), no one will be allowed into the MIkvah until 45 minutes after Havdallah when the Mikvah attendant arrives.

FAQs

Please read the following information regarding the procedures of the Mikvah Society of Los Angeles. For more detailed questions or any additional information, feel free to contact us directly.

For Halachic she'elot please consult a Rav.

Each question is clickable to take you to the associated answer below:

  1. I am a bride and I need to set up an appointment, what do I do?
  2. I am a bride and I'd like to learn about Family Purity and what is involved in going to the Mikvah.
  3. If I come fully prepared to the Mikvah, i.e. I've taken a bath at home, I've done all my preparations and showered, too, can I just use the Mikvah for immersion?
  4. I need to go to the Mikvah on Friday night or Yom Tov, how do I prepare myself since I cannot do it at the Mikvah?
  5. If I need to go to the Mikvah on Motzaei Shabbat/Saturday night (or Motzaei Yom Tov), when should I do my preparations?
  6. How long may I stay in the water and pray?
  7. Can I wear nail polish if I've just had my nails done?
  8. Can I make an appointment at the Mikvah for after-hours if I know that I will not make it to the Mikvah before closing time?
  9. Mikvah Checklist - download a PDF

I am a bride and I need to set up an appointment, what do I do?

Call the Mikvah (310)550-4511 and follow the prompts to reach someone who can help you in setting up an appointment.

As some have the custom to accompany the bride on her pre-wedding Mikvah night, we are happy to accommodate that custom. A few women (no more than that) may accompany her. No men, future husbands or children may be present. It is the responsibility of the bride's family to leave the Mikvah and the area outside as clean and orderly as it was found. The fee for a bride's appointment is for up to one hour. Any time above that will be charged as an additional hour.

I am a bride and I'd like to learn about Family Purity and what is involved in going to the Mikvah.

The Mikvah Attendant will be glad to direct you to a Kallah Teacher who is trained to teach brides about Family Purity and mikvah use.

If I come fully prepared to the Mikvah, i.e. I've taken a bath at home, I've done all my preparations and showered, too, can I just use the Mikvah for immersion?

According to Halacha, one should shower in the building of the Mikvah right before immersion so that the body is wet when entering the waters.

I need to go to the Mikvah on Friday night or Yom Tov, how do I prepare myself since I cannot do it at the Mikvah?

If your Mikvah night falls on Friday night you should prepare yourself on Friday during the day. You should finish bathing, combing hair, and cutting nails before Shabbat begins. You should light Shabbat candles at home and come to the Mikvah at any point prior to one hour after candle lighting. Upon arriving at the Mikvah, all you will need to do is wait for the Mikvah Attendant to come and escort you to the Mikvah. On Friday night, no shower may be taken immediately prior to entering the Mikvah or after.

If your Mikvah night falls on a Yom Tov (any day of the week) the above directions would also apply to that day of the week before sunset. If your Mikvah night is the second night of Yom Tov, all preparations would need to be completed before the start of the first day of Yom Tov.

If I need to go to the Mikvah on Motzaei Shabbat/Saturday night (or Motzaei Yom Tov), when should I do my preparations?

If your mikvah night falls on Motzaei Shabbat or Motzaei Yom Tov, you should make your full customary preparations before Shabbat or Yom Tov (i.e. cut your nails, shave, etc). On Motzaei Shabbat or Motzaei Yom Tov, you should shower or bathe. There is no time minimum for this bathing since primary preparations were done on Friday or on Erev Yom Tov. In addition on Motzaei Shabbat or Motzaei Yom Tov you should brush your hair, teeth, and check one's body carefully.

How long may I stay in the water and pray?

A woman is permitted to stay in the water for as long as she likes if she wants to pray. Remember, the time of tevilah (immersion) is an et ratzon, a time when a woman's prayers are more readily accepted.

Can I wear nail polish if I've just had my nails done?

The policy at The Los Angeles Mikvah is that no nail polish should be worn during immersion in the Mikvah.

Can I make an appointment at the Mikvah for after-hours if I know that I will not make it to the Mikvah before closing time?

You can make an after-hours appointment for an additional charge. Call the Mikvah (310)550-4511 and follow the prompts to reach someone who can help you in setting up an appointment.