The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, (JOFA) Australia has partnered with Maaglei Nefesh, an Israeli-based mental health organisation run by Rabbi Yoni Rosensweig to offer a training course to Australian women so that they can learn about the intersection between mental health and halachah.
JOFA Australia president Nomi Kaltmann said, “We are thrilled that women in the Australian Jewish community will be offered the chance to receive access to a 12-week training course that is the first in the world to combine professional, halachic, pastoral and spiritual training in the field of mental health.”
In 2017, Rabbi Rosensweig realised there was a significant dearth of published halachic material on mental health and set about to rectify the situation with his good friend Dr Shmuel Harris. Together they wrote Nafshi BeShe’elati, a comprehensive halachic work on mental health, published by Maggid.
“This course has never ever previously been offered in Australia, and we are thrilled that women from across the country will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship to complete their training,” said Kaltmann.
“We have 25 scholarships available to women from across the country to undertake the Maaglei Nefesh mental health training program and judging by the high interest, JOFA Australia intends to continue to nurture and develop the talent in this community. We encourage anyone interested in participating to fill in the application” said Kaltmann.
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