8 years ago, in response to the changes that Jewish communities have been undergoing, and the shifts in the role of women in the community, and as part of the global trend to involve women more in the world of Batey Midrash, an initiative was raised by the World Zionist Organization's Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora, in collaboration with World Emunah, World Bnei Akiva and the Torah MiZion Kolel, whereby communal Batey Midrash for women be set up.
We believe women's role in shaping the religious character of the family is crucial, and learning affects practice, and therefore much thought and action must be directed at developing a broad framework of studies and activities for women.
The Beit Midrash is a source of women's empowerment and can motivate women's leadership that is associated with the world of religious Zionism and reflects its values. A group of learning women, rather than women who are merely taught, is formed in the women's communal Beit Midrash. The Center's Batey Midrash strive to create an environment where women are active participants who want to partake in these studies and initiate them. The activity also includes studying independently in pairs (Havruta).
The Beit Midrash is supposed to serve as an environment for a variety of communal and social activity: events around Jewish holidays, family life, Israeli song and culture, as well as activities with distinct Zionist characteristics: surrounding Tu Bishvat, Yom Ha'atzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim and so forth. The women also get to know Israel in various ways – for instance, a group of Beit Midrash women went on an experiential learning tour of Israel in a delegation set up from Johannesburg and Perth.