Machalot HaNefesh

Machalot HaNefesh (MhN) is Temple Or Rishon's committee providing support and community for those touched by issues related to Mental Health and addiction. We believe these issues are best confronted TOGETHER, NOT ALONE.



For the 2018-2019 Season, we are happy to present Together, Not Alone: A Series of Programs and Conversations Promoting Healthy Living and Supportive Community

November 9-11 - From Addiction to Healing and Redemption: A weekend with Rabbi Mark Borovitz

Rabbi Mark Borovitz, based in Los Angeles as Beit T’Shuvah’s Senior Rabbi and Director of the Elaine Breslow Institute, combined his knowledge of Torah and street smarts to shape his calling: helping recovering addicts find their way in the world. As a Spiritual leader and ex-con and recovering alcoholic, Rabbi Borovitz is able to reach both the addict and the congregant, and has worked passionately  to de-stigmatize the life-threatening disease of addiction. After being released from prison in 1988, he began his work at Beit T’shuvah.

During the course of our weekend together, Rabbi Borovitz will share a wisdom that has the power to lead us all down a path of healing and redemption.
Friday Evening: November 9th Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 6:45pm - T'shuvah: Judaism's Response to the Myth of Perfection- A story of personal redemption. From jail cell to rabbi.
Saturday Morning: Torah Study at 9am - Personal Struggles with Addiction: Gaining Insight from Torah - Bagels and Coffee Provided
Saturday Morning: Service at 10am - Ayecha: We are Needed by God - Dealing with imperfection and personal responsibility. Potluck luncheon following services.
Sunday Morning: During Religious School at 9:30am - Preventing the Ravages of Addiction - Reaching into our own families. A program for Adults.


January 25-27 - Creating a Foundation for Healthy & Sacred Aging: A weekend with Rabbi Richie Address

This incredible weekend of learning with Rabbi Richie Address is for parents, spouses, caretakers, and even yourself!
Over the course of the weekend, we will explore: Care-giving as a multi-generational issue, older adult relationships and cohabitation and traditional texts that provide insights that lead us to health and well being. 
Rabbi Richard F. Address is Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging®, the website, and the host of the weekly Jewish Sacred Aging® pod cast, Seekers of Meaning

March 6 and 10 - TOR's Youth and the Stresses They Face in Today's World

Wednesday, March 6 - Confidential Teen Space to Talk about Stresses that Fill Their Lives.
An evening “For Teens Only” with Jenifer Jacobs, Ph.D., a specialist in Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy, Rabbi Alan Rabishaw, Mary Frank
Sunday, March 10 - A Conversation with Parents, Grandparents, and Anyone Else that Loves our Teens and Wants to Understand them Better!
Jenifer Jacobs, Ph.D., Rabbi Alan Rabishaw, and Mary Frank, will share insights from our teens about their perspective on the real issues and stresses they face. Walk away with insights as to how we can support each other (teens and adults) through the teen years. 

May 3 - Mental Health Shabbat

TOR’s annual Shabbat to share stories, reduce stigma, and provide love, support and spirit.

Shabbat Morning Services with Healing Element

Cantorial Soloist, Carol Gunnerson, will also be present at Shabbat morning services with Rabbi Rabishaw, adding moments of personal reflection, meditation, and healing to the Shabbat morning experience. 
September 29, November 10, January 26, March 30 and May 18