Gefen Center,  Jerusalem


"Changing lives by creating lives"

Keren Gefen serves as a teaching resource to share our unique vision and innovative programs with Jewish communities throughout the world

We invite fertility challenged women to join in our activities.

Our Programs Include:

  1. Fertility Yoga
  2. Mind Body Workshops/CBT Workshops 
  3. Individual Therapy 
  4. Transfer with Tranquility - "Individual Therapy"
  5. Hevruta Jewish Textual Learning and Support Workshop   
  6. Haredi Community Program
  7. Nishmat Yoatzot Halacha Fertility Counselors Program

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Gefen Center, Jerusalem

A warm and beautiful space in the German Colony in Jerusalem where we nurture and support fertility challenged women in Israel.

Black Mind/Body Program

The Stanley & Joyce Black Mind/Body Program, funded by the Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation, is an innovative collection of programs.

Hadassah Rimon

The Hadassah Rimon center located at Hadassah Mount Scopus, is a model project created to give psychological support to all women with fertility challenges, at no cost.

Funded by Donations

Keren Gefen is funded entirely on donations; including a multi- year grant from Stanley Black (the Stanley & Joyce Black Foundation), the Pratt Foundation (Australia) and private donations.

What is the Mind/Body Approach?

Emotions, beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and attitudes can impact how the body functions, both positively and negatively. The Mind/Body approach focuses on influencing the mind in order to improve health. The Mind/Body Approach combines Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as well as relaxation exercises towards this end.  CBT is a well-established empirically validated treatment for a variety of problems and disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and marital problems. The treatment helps people reduce their negative thinking that causes negative emotions, assists with problem solving and stress-reduction.

Application to Infertility

Studies by Dr. Alice Domar, a leader in the field of Mind/Body medicine, conclude that Mind/Body treatments in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  is effective in both reducing psychological stress and increasing pregnancy rates. Alice Domar is a pioneer in the application of mind-body interventions in infertility. Dr. Domar studied with world renowned Harvard Professor, Herbert Benson, and started publishing in the early 1990s about the benefit of inducing the relaxation response for women undergoing infertility treatment.

In an early study, participation in a behavioral program decreased symptoms of anxiety, depressive symptoms, and fatigue as well as increased vigor (Domar, Seibel, & Benson, 1990). A randomized controlled prospective study offering a mind/body intervention that included relaxation exercises and CBT to 143 women under 40 undergoing a first cycle of IVF, found that women who completed more than half of the sessions, had improved pregnancy rates compared to a control group (Domar, et al., 2011).

Recent studies point to a direct relationship between CBT, stress reduction and fertility. Successful CBT treatment has a great effect on woman undergoing fertility treatments. Within a few weeks, stress is reduced and the chance of pregnancy is higher. Restorative Yoga has also proven to be effective in relieving stress on women with fertility challenges, allowing them to reach their fertility potential.

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The First of its Kind in Israel

While several Mind/Body for Infertility programs exist around the world, including in Boston, Los Angeles and London, Keren Gefen supports the first such program in Israel.


  • I am finally pregnant after 3 years of trying… I really feel that the therapy and Yoga were a winning combination that allowed me to become pregnant...I am now able Read More
  • I am learning to relax, not to be so depressed. Feeling my body and soul connecting gives me more strength to cope… Read More
  • I think that the power of a group like this is that it becomes a kind of island, where we can remove Read More
  • You helped me understand my emotions, calm my internal life, better my marital relationship and clarify my thought process. -"C" Read More
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