HaGomel provides expressive arts programs for women who have experienced sexual trauma.
To support emotional and psychological healing for women who have experienced sexual trauma
WHAT WE DO
Together we make all the difference
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.
Lead a Variety of Creative Programs
During 2022, we will be launching our own expressive arts programs, initially on-line, then, when possible, in person. In these programs, our trained facilitators will interweave:
- Visual art
- Writing and poetry
- Dance and movement
Each art discipline offers a unique sensory experience or modality.
“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.
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.