One in four Americans will experience mental illness in their lifetime. Many of the figures in the Hebrew Bible experienced severe emotional distress. And yet, due to stigma, most of us feel isolated when we are personally impacted. At the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, we believe that mental illness is often a pathway to profound spiritual experience and demands a meaningful spiritual care response.

I am weary of my life; my speech gives out; I will speak from the bitterness of my soul.

-The Book of Job 10:1

We are here for you.

The rabbis of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center have worked at the individual, family, synagogue, and community levels to support individuals experiencing mental illness. People often bring their mental health concerns to clergy even before seeking the help of any other healthcare professional. We provide individual rabbinic counseling, partner with your Bay Area synagogue on uniquely tailored community support, and offer collegial consultation to clergy and mental health professionals.

For your congregation

  • Tending To Your Community (a congregational guide to visiting people who live with mental illness)
  • Ten Things Your Congregation Can Do To Reach Out To Those Living With Mental Illness

For Jewish clergy

For your reflection

Clergy Packet