Helpful Jewish Community Services Links

General Resources

RitualWell: Presented by Ma’yan and Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Study, RitualWell focuses on women’s life cycle and other issues. While it is not oriented to physical illness, there is a healing section with rituals related to healing from abuse and mastectomy, as well as some other generic material. There is also material for various stages in women’s biological life cycle.

The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership: If you go to the Jewish tools section and then to the healing/archive you will find 10 ritual/meditations related to loss and illness. They are accessible and creative, yet mainstream types of materials.

The Union for Reform Judaism: The family section offers articles and programs related to the work of many healing centers. They are also in the process of creating a network for Jewish nurses around issues of spirituality and healing.

Kavod v’Nichum: Resource information for organizations with a Chevra Kadisha committee and those interested in forming one.

Hazon: Has information about its Jewish spiritual retreats and programs that may complement the work of healing centers. It also has a useful section of links.

Max M. and Marjorie B. Kampelman Collection of Jewish Ethics: Georgetown University houses the one of the most complete libraries of books on Biomedical ethics.

Azamra: Has a large selection of book and on line material on spiritual healing, and support resources with some material on health for kids.

The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health: Helps with the pastoral training of Reform klei kodesh, deals broadly with issues of illness and wellness, and sponsors a variety of conferences and other services. The “expressions” section offers kavanot and other material.

JCS Baltimore: This site is focused on building integrated Jewish health, healing and wellness programs by facilitating training that strengthens collaboration across disciplines.

My Jewish Learning: A trans-denomination website of Jewish information and education geared toward learners of all educational backgrounds.

Jewish Healing

Shamash: will link to relevant sites if you enter “healing”.

Alliance for Jewish Renewal: Provides links to Jewish renewal sites, many of which also have a healing connection.

Caregiver and Professional Information

The National Family Caregivers Association

The Caregiver Action Network: Serves both family and professional caregivers. The “family care resource/ AXA” has an excellent annotated list of resources for caregivers.

Addiction and Recovery

A Brief Screening Test for Adolescent Substance Abuse: Provided by the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CaESAR)