ABOUT US

HaGomel provides expressive arts programs for women who have experienced sexual trauma.

women creating expressive arts in a Los Angeles group class

OUR MISSION

To support emotional and psychological healing for women who have experienced sexual trauma

WHAT WE DO

Together we make all the difference

A difficult road leads to beautiful beginnings
group of women learning and chatting in a healing environment

Program Partners

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on in-person gatherings in California, HaGomel was unable to launch its in-person programs as originally planned. This gave HaGomel the opportunity to partner with other nonprofits already offering expressive arts programs to women survivors of sexual trauma. HaGomel’s contributions to these organizations will enable them to offer more expressive arts programs, and, in some cases, programs custom-designed to benefit these women.

Yarn and craft materials for art projects

Lead a Variety of Creative Programs

During 2022, we will launch our own expressive arts programs, both in-person and online. In these programs, our trained facilitators will interweave:

  • Visual art
  • Writing and poetry
  • Music
  • Dance and movement
  • Theater

Each art discipline offers a unique sensory experience or modality.

group of women learning and chatting in a healing environment

Partner with Community Organizations

HaGomel partners with community organizations in the greater Los Angeles area who provide other services to women survivors of sexual trauma.
Yarn and craft materials for art projects

Lead A Variety of Creative Programs

HaGomel’s trained facilitators lead programs interweaving visual art, writing/poetry, music, dance/movement, and theater. Each art discipline offers a unique sensory experience or modality. By working across art disciplines, transformation and healing are possible on a deeper level.
A difficult road leads to beautiful beginnings

“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing
process arise from a single source. When you are an artist,
you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is
the foundation of your work and its integrity.”

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Why “HaGomel”?

HaGomel comes from the Birkat HaGomel, a Jewish prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude to be said by an individual in community after one has survived a traumatic, potentially life-threatening experience.

Our Founder and President, Elya Braden, was drawn to this prayer as a name for this nonprofit when she read an article about the healing properties of this prayer for sexual abuse survivors, and the value of their being seen and embraced in community.

Although the HaGomel prayer has its origins in Judaism, HaGomel is a non-religious organization.

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WOMEN HELPING WOMEN

Meet our Board Members

Elya Brayden Lawyer, poet, artist, dancer Los Angeles

Elya Braden

Founder &
President

Read Elya’s bio

Amy Phillips artist bio Los Angeles

Amy Phillips

Board Member &
Marketing Director

Read Amy’s bio

Nancy Weiss Los Anfgeles

Nancy Weiss, LCSW, BCD

Board Member &
Program Director

Read Nancy’s bio

Nadia Irwin - HaGomel

Nadia Irwin, CPA

Board Member &
Treasurer

Read Nadia’s bio

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