One of the best comments I heard after the ceremony from a dear friend (a non-practicing Jew) was, “It made me want to be Jewish.” Another atheist friend said, “If this is religion, give me more.” -LR
Rabbi Arielle Hanien is an award-winning writer, a nationally recognized educator, and and
inspiring organizational leader. Recognized for her scholarship in both ancient and contemporary
Jewish thought, she consults on local, national, and international projects in Jewish life, learning,
and institutional development.
As a teacher, spiritual counselor, and organizational consultant, Rabbi Hanien is acclaimed for "making ancient Jewish tradition
amazingly relevant and meaningful" for all ages, contributing to what some have called a renaissance of an ancient Jewish way of life.
A certified Somatic Experiencing® practitioner (SEP) and supervisor in Integrated Somatic Psychotherapy, Rabbi Arielle earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and integrates therapeutic expertise as well as rabbinic scholarship in her work with clients. Since 2011, she has worked with the International Trauma-Healing Institute, expanding their efforts in Los Angeles and Israel. She brings these tools to her work with both individual and organizational clients--from non-profit boards to community-wide collaborations. She provides Somatic Experiencing, Spiritual Counseling, and case consultation for integrative trauma treatment to support recovery and addiction relapse prevention at Trauma and Beyond Psychological Center and Lifespan Psychological Center.
Founding Director of The Source: Gathering Waters, which brings Jewish wisdom, ritual, and spiritual practice to support integrative, embodied healing, Rabbi Arielle is also a fellow of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL) in their Sinai and Synapses and Rabbis Without Borders fellowships and a former Research Scholar at the Pardes Center for Judaism & Conflict Resolution in Jerusalem. Her doctoral research at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary explores resources within Jewish tradition for individual and collective healing, resilience, and conflict resolution. Her doctoral research in Clinical Psychology focused on successful integrative somatic approaches for work with anxiety, dissociation, effects of developmental and inherited trauma, and post-traumatic stress.
Rabbi Arielle was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies with honors in Talmud in 2006, and holds degrees with honors in Philosophy, Sociology, and Physical Science from Brandeis University.