Merkaz HaBayis

Women's Learning Division

Uplifting. Connecting. Nurturing.

The Merkaz HaBayis Women’s Learning Division offers a wide array of programming geared for women, including informative shiurim given by our community’s foremost Torah leaders, and social opportunities throughout the year.  Conceived and nurtured by the visionary leadership of Rabbi Baruch Yehuda Gradon and Mrs. Sarah Gertel, Merkaz HaBayis is fueled by the sincere desire of prodigious women intent on raising themselves, families and community to uncompromisingly greater spiritual heights.  Since its inception Merkaz HaBayis has become a phenomenon of growth and excitement, offering over a dozen programs, a consistent base of over 350 attendees and its unique ‘inside out,’ grass-roots programming philosophy.

Merkaz HaBayis is committed to pinpointing the diverse needs withing the greater LA community and to creating and executing effective, custom programming to meaningfully address those needs.  From Beverlywood to Beverly-La Brea, from tweens, teens and millenials to women of all ages across the LA communal spectrum, Merkaz Habayis aspires to uplift, connect, and nurture the Frum/observant Jewish feminine spirit.

Programs & Offerings

Binyan HaBayis Monthly Growth Groups

Practical tools and inspiration for young Jewish wives and mothers

Drawing mothers from all segments of the community (Yeshiva day school upbringing, Ba’al Teshuva, FFB) learning and growing side by side, the Binyan Habayis monthly sessions focus on topics including character development, relationship/marriage skills, parenting, general life planning and goal setting.


Merkaz-Hillel Girls Chesed Committee

Imparting a spirit of areivus to the next generation

With an eye to teaching the value of community responsibility and giving back to the previous generation, Merkaz HaBayis has teamed up with Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy’s fifth and sixth grade girls in a bar-none duo for local and regional chesed projects, including Challah baking, assembling mishloach manos care packages for hospital patients, bikur cholim and more.

Halacha in the Home Series

Learning for daily living

Every Monday morning a group of dedicated and growth-focused women join Rabbi Aryeh Adler, Posek of the Merkaz Hatorah Kollel, at a Beverlywood home for an in-depth journey following the Halachic process from inception to application on relevant topics.

Merkaz Millenials

Events, shiurim and mentoring for post-high-school women

Following 12+ years of immersion in a safe and structured environment, post high school millenials face critical life decisions as they approach careers and dating.  Additionally, they are often thrust into secular environments with daily complex moral and halachic challenges. The Merkaz Millennials program provides classes, a healthy outlet for socializing, bonding, leadership and thoughtful mentoring.

Other Programs

  • Eishes Chayil Workshop
  • Shaarei Binah: Women’s Reflection & Introspection Series
  • Shabbos MevORCHIM Program
  • Reim Ahuvim Course for Couples
  • The POWERGROUP Collaborative
  • Merkaz La Brea
  • Parenting Teen Series
  • Men’s Marriage Mentoring Consortium - for the husbands!
  • Asei L’cha Rav Partnership
  • Merkaz Marriage & Motherhood Series

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We'd love to be in touch

For more information about Merkaz HaBayis programs and events,
please contact our Executive Director, Sarah Gertel