Refa’einu Healing Service

Refa’einu is a healing service open to everyone seeking community and comfort. The services are designed to build a community of healing; to bring well-being and wholeness to those and their loved ones facing challenges, and offer others the opportunity to stand with them. Each service will be followed by a dialogue focusing on a specific life challenge that we might confront.
There is no charge to attend Refa’einu.

Upcoming Service


Past Speakers

The following is a selected list of past speakers. Please contact us for more information.

A Healing Service of Silence and Solidarity
Rabbi Carla Howard, Jewish Healing Center of Los Angeles

Presented February 13, 2017

Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Dr. Cathie Chung, M.D. from The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute

Presented November 14, 2016

Mindful Movement
Guild-certified Feldenkrais trainer Ynez Anthony

Presented May 18, 2015

Mindful Movement
Guild-certified Feldenkrais trainer Ynez Anthony

Presented April 27, 2015

Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (C.A.S.T.)
Kay Buck, Executive Director (C.A.S.T.)

Presented March 30, 2015

Healing With Humor
Rabbi Mendy Pellin

Presented February 23, 2015

Heart Disease in Women: What You Need To Know
Dr. Puja Mehta, MD, FACC, Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute

Presented January 26, 2015

Thanksgiving: A Conscious Harvest of Food and Gratitude
Devorah Brous

Presented November 24, 2014

Devorah Brous, Founding Executive Director, is a community organizer with Masters degrees in both Development Studies and Israel Studies from Hebrew University and has been trained extensively in facilitation, mediation, and non-violent communication. She immigrated to Israel and lived there for 15 years, where she organized on the front lines of the human rights movement. She is the founder of BUSTAN (orchard), a Jewish/Bedouin civil rights and environmental justice NGO, where she served as Executive Director for 9 years. Since moving to LA in 2008, she completed the UC Master Gardener and Master Composter programs and became certified in Bio-intensive gardening and Permaculture design. She founded the Ikar green team, and co-founded the Food Justice track of the Hazon food conference. She is passionate about reclaiming roots; and learning to ferment and can homegrown food for family and friends! Devorah lives with her husband Laurence Weber, their little people Sela and Zeke, and four happy hens.

It’s Not All in Your Head: Female Brain Chemistry, Hormones, and Moods
Vivien Burt, MD, PhD, Co-Director, Women’s Life Center

Presented October 27, 2014

Mindful Movement: An Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method
Guild-certified Feldenkrais trainer Ynez Anthony

Presented June 23, 2014

An Evening of Jewish Meditation
Rabbi Carla Howard, Founder of the Jewish Healing Center

Presented May 19, 2014

Are Your Parents Keeping You Up at Night? Successfully Navigating the World of Senior Care
Leslie Peters & Jill Love, Senior Care Consultants

Presented April 7, 2014

Breast Cancer: Are You At Risk?
Dr. Kristi Funk of the Pink Lotus Breast Center

Presented February 24, 2014

Dr. Funk is a noted breast cancer surgeon who was thrust into the global spotlight after performing a preventative double mastectomy on actress Angelina Jolie. She is the Medical Director and Co-Founder of the renowned Pink Lotus Breast Center, a leading provider of breast cancer treatment.

The Healing Power of Storytelling
Stephen Tobolowsky

Presented January 27, 2014

Noted actor Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in over 100 films, including Groundhog Day, Memento, and Sneakers. He has held recurring roles on the TV series Glee, Californication, Heroes, Deadwood, The Mindy Project, and CSI: Miami, and has made guest appearances on countless other shows. Mr. Tobolowsky co-authored the film True Stories with David Byrne and Beth Henley, and received a Tony Award nomination for his role in “Morning’s at Seven.” In his spare time, he hosts a monthly podcast of autobiographical stories called “The Tobolowsky Files.”

Vegan Holiday Cooking
Ann Gentry

Presented November 21, 2011

Breast Cancer
Dr. Cathie T. Chung

Presented October 24, 2011

Women and Heart Disease
Dr. Daniel Wohlgelernter, Board Certified Cardiologist, Director of ICU at St. John’s Hospital

Presented March 28, 2011

The Healing Power of Pets
Jack Barron, Jr., Director of UCLA’s People Animal Connection

Presented February 28, 2011

I am not My Disease: a Model for Healthy Living
Dr. Edison De Mello, Founder and Executive Director of Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine

Presented January 24, 2011

Depression and Care-Giver Stress
Dr. Helen Lavretsky, Associate Professor In-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA

Presented November 15, 2010

Breast Cancer: Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Silvana Martino and Dr. Cathie Chung of the Breast Cancer Program at the Angeles Clinic

Presented October 25, 2010

Yoga in Judaism: A tool for increasing awareness and intention
Ida Unger, M. Ed., Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Presented June 28, 2010

Pediatric Psychiatry
Lance Steinberg, M.D.

Presented March 22, 2010

The Healing Power of Pets
Jack Barron, Jr., Director of UCLA’s People Animal Connection

Presented February 22, 2010

Getting Older… and Better: Tools for preserving health and vitality
Hyla Cass, M.D.

Presented January 25, 2010

Living With and Managing Chronic Pain
Dr. David Wallenstein, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA

Presented November 30, 2009

Breast Cancer
Dr. Sylvana Martino, Director of the Breast Cancer Program at Angeles Clinic

Presented October 19, 2009

Depression: Integrating Medical and Psycho/Spiritual Approaches
Dr. Robert Ashley, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine

Presented May 18, 2009

Debra Sussman of Resolve, the National Infertility Associatiion

Presented April 27, 2009

Ms. Sussman spoke on infertility, stress reduction and various treatment options

Prostate Cancer
Dr. David Josephson

Presented February 23, 2009

Breast Cancer
Dr. Susan Love, author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book

Presented January 26, 2009

Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimers – New Developments
Dr. Helen Lavretsky, Associate Professor In-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA

Presented November 17, 2008

Dr. Lavretsky is a geriatric psychiatrist with research interest in geriatric and caregiver depression, as well as complementary and alternative medicine and mind-body approaches to treatment and prevention of mood and cognitive disorders in older adults.

Cancer care and Complementary Medicine
Dr. Mary L. Hardy, Director UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology

Presented May 12, 2008

Dr. David Aftergood, Assoc Clinical Prof at the UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine

Presented April 12, 2008

Sexual Assault and its aftermath
Gail Abarbanel, LCSW, Founder and Director of Rape Treatment Ctr, SM-UCLA Med Ctr

Presented March 24, 2008

Caring for Seniors
Steve Barlam, LCSW, Founder of Livhome

Presented January 28, 2008

An intimate conversation with…
Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., Meditation teacher and author

Presented December 10, 2007

Breast Cancer
Dr. Susan Love, author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book

Presented November 18, 2007

Health and Healing via Yoga
Ida Unger, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Presented October 29, 2007

You are what you eat
Ann Gentry, founder of Real Food Daily

Presented February 26, 2007

Are you paying attention to your heart?
Margo B. Minissian, ACNP, Pgm Director of Women’s Heart Center, Cedars-Sinai Med Ctr

Presented January 22, 2007

Stress, Environment and Diet in Cancer and other serious illness
Dr. Soram Singh Khalsa

Presented November 27, 2006

Breast Cancer
Dr. Susan Love, author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book

Presented October 23, 2006

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