Week of Jan. 14, 2018
5:55 pm - 9:30 pm (Sun)
5:55 pm - 9:30 pm (Mon)
5:55 pm - 9:30 pm (Tue)
5:55 pm - 9:30 pm (Wed)
5:55 pm - 9:30 pm (Thu)
5:55 pm - 6:25 pm (Fri)
6:40 pm - 9:40 pm (Sat)
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The policy at The Los Angeles Mikvah is that no nail polish should be worn during immersion in the Mikvah.
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.