Caring for the Soul: R’fuat HaNefesh – A Mental Health Resource & Study Guide


This newly available study guide, written by Rabbi Richard F. Address, was created in response to the need to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma within congregations regarding individuals and families who are dealing with mental health issues. These issues reside within every congregation of every denomination. Part of creating a caring and supportive congregation is the need to break down barriers of shame and fear that often are associated with mental health issues. This 136-page study guide should be used by lay and professional leadership within congregations to create a variety of educational programs. It includes a selection of relevant sacred texts, traditional and modern readings for use in services and support groups, sample sermons, services and programs, background information on mental illnesses, related Reform responsa and UAHC resolutions, and other resources for congregations and individuals.