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
Partner with Community Organizations
We partner with community organizations in the greater Los Angeles area who provide other services to women survivors of sexual trauma.
Lead a Variety of Creative Programs
“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.