Refuah Institute. Professional Life Coach and Counselor. Diploma and Certification Programs in Accordance with Torah Hashkafa


Dr. Joshua Ritchie MD, FAAP, DABFP, RTC, AAPC, CMCC


Dr. Joshua H. Ritchie, M.D., is an educator, a professor of medicine, a Board-certified family practitioner and pediatrician, a published author, a coach, counselor, and hypnotherapist. He is also an ordained rabbi.

Professor Ritchie's coaching and counseling methods are not only a blend of his extensive secular education and training, but more importantly, he incorporates the experiences from  his close association with the Amshinover Rebbe, zt”l, Rabbi Simcha Wasserman, zt”l, and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, zt”l.  He was privileged to spend thousands of hours observing the methods employed by these masters as they were counseling individuals.

Professor Ritchie served as chairman of the California Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists and was the founding medical director of the Laniado Hospital - Sanz Medical Center in Netanya, Israel. He has taught throughout his professional career in medical schools and training programs in California, New York, and Israel, and has lectured worldwide. His writings have been published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine, among others. In 2004, the Refuah Institute published "13 Steps to Harmonious Relationships", authored by Professor Ritchie.


Rabbi Eliezer Glatt, זצ"ל MA/Psych, RTC, AAPC, CMCC

Associate Dean

Rabbi Glatt graduated from Stuyvesant High School with a National Regents’ Scholarship, received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from New York University, and an M.A. in Educational Psychology from Antioch College. 

He has taught for 41 years in the field of education, both in the USA and in Israel, at all levels, having taught in elementary schools, junior high, and high schools, and in teachers’ colleges. He was the principal of a Talmud Torah in Jerusalem for 18 years, and the chairman of the Special Education Department of "Beis Rivka" Teacher Training College in K'far Chabad, Israel, for eight years. 

Trained in all levels at Refuah Institute, Rabbi Glatt maintains a private practice for life coaching and counseling. He both lectures and supervises practicums in coaching and counseling for the Refuah Institute.

Rabbi Eliezer Glatt Memorial Page, Click Here

Mrs. Rivkah Finkel, MA, CASAP, RTC, AAPC, CMCC

Mrs. Rivka Finkel is the founder and director of Olamot. Olamot runs different projects for girls from religious backgrounds that are in need of the following services. There are currently three dorms and a high school. There is a therapeutic residence for girls aged 14-18. A dorm for the graduates of the high school. We also have an american dorm for girls that are over 18 years old.  The high school is geared to girls that can benefit from an accepting and inviting environment. Olamot offers a multifaceted approach to learning. Quality Limudei Kodesh with an emphasis on application. Olamot has a team of profesional staff using reality therapy as a tool to empower its students. After completing a 4-year training program in parental guidance, she completed the PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR & COACH DIPLOMA PROGRAM, along with a Masters program by distance learning. Commenting on how useful her training at Refuah has been, Rivka says, "Advancing my skills whilst working in the field is an extremely efficient way of putting learning into practice. The supervision groups and Professor Ritchie's advice have helped me deal with many of the challenges I face in dealing with teenagers on a daily basis."

Stewart Hirsch, JD, AAPC, CMCC

Initially a lawyer by profession, Stewart Hirsch practiced law from 1980-2001, and has been coaching and training professionals in business development skills over 17 years ago, long before business coaching became a profession. His business development clients include lawyers, consultants, and other professionals. In the field of leadership and executive coaching, Stewart’s clients include senior leaders of US-based companies and professional firms.

Stewart Hirsch also delivers programs on networking, creating business plans, and selling for professional services and social media. His programs are popular with international organizations and professional firms. 

Stewart’s website is: .

Stewart currently posts blogs at: and on his business site Twitter address: @stewartmhirschLinkedIn:

Rabbi Zev Leff, CMCC

Rabbi Zev Leff is one of Israel’s most popular English-speaking Torah educators. For more than 20 years, he has served as the rav (rabbi) of Moshav Matityahu, a small religious community located in central Israel. In addition to the shiurim (lectures) he gives seven days a week at Matityahu, Rabbi Leff is constantly traveling to speak at schools, yeshivot, seminaries, community centers, and events throughout Israel and abroad.

Rabbi Leff received his semicha ordination from the Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland Ohio, where he studied under Rav Mordechai Gifter, zt"l. In 1974, Fulfilling a life-long dream, he moved with his family to Eretz Yisrael in 1983 settling in Moshav Matityahu where he continues to serve as Rav, as well as Rosh Hayeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah Matisyahu.

Today, in addition to his communal duties, Rabbi Leff is also rosh yeshivah of Yeshiva Gedolah Matisyahu, and oversees the 20-member kollel on the Moshav. Additionally, he teaches a group of unaffiliated Israelis who live near Moshav Matityahu and lectures at several leading Israeli yeshivot, seminaries and institutions, including the Orthodox Union’s Israel Center. He is a featured speaker at the conventions of the Orthodox Union, Agudath Israel and Torah Umesorah.

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Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, MA, AAPC, CMCC

Rabbi Zelig Pliskin is a rabbi, counselor, lecturer, and author of more than 20 books. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, attended the Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim Talmudical Academy of Baltimore and the Telshe Yeshiva of Cleveland, Ohio, prior to marrying his wife Raizel and moving to Israel, where he studied for five years at a Briske yeshiva. He received his degree in Counseling Psychology from the State University of New York. In addition to being on the Refuah Institute faculty, Rabbi Pliskin has had a long-term affiliation with Aish haTorah, and provides marriage and personal growth counseling.

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Miriam Adahan, MEd, PhD, CMCC

Dr. Miriam Adahan graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan in 1964. She then completed her Master's Degree at Wayne State University and subsequently began her doctoral work at the University of California, in Berkeley, continuing on to the Wright Institute.

Following a brief teaching career, Dr. Adahan has worked as a therapist since the 1970's, specializing in recovery from abuse and parent education. She established E.M.E.T.T., Emotional Maturity Established Through Torah, which teaches emotional management.

In addition to private therapy, Dr. Adahan also teaches classes on self-awareness and teaches parents and teachers how to use her popular “Tool Kit”, which offers a variety of effective methods and accessories to raise children who are self-confident and self-disciplined.

Dr. Adahan uses a wide variety of approaches in her therapeutic work, including EFT, Recovery of Your Inner Child, and CBT, as well as nutritional counseling in order to avoid psychiatric medication whenever possible.

A prolific writer, her books include:  Raising Children to Care, Awareness, E.M.E.T.T., 30 Seconds to Emotional Health, Appreciate People, It’s All A Gift, Living With Difficult People, and Sticks and Stones.


Yishai Gorden, RTC, AAPC, CMCC

Yishai Gorden is a graduate of the Refuah Institute and is Reality Therapy Certified. He has successfully completed the Refuah coaching and counseling courses, and also the Institute’s organizational and business course.  As a member of the Refuah faculty, Yishai Gorden supervises a weekly practicum and manages the live and recorded course lectures.  Raised in America, Yishai came back to Israel after graduating from Block Yeshiva HS in St. Louis and continued his yeshiva studies for a further six years, following which he married and became an afternoon seder Rebbe where he discovered his love of working with people. In his words, it was at this point that “Hashem blessed me and showed me the light of the Refuah Institute”.

Rabbi Yaakov Nussbaum, AAPC

An Alumnus of Beth Medrash Govoha, the Lakewood Yeshiva, Yaakov is the Executive Director of Mesila Lakewood, and has been involved in various educational and communal initiatives in the Lakewood community.

Yona Pollack, PsyD, CASAP, AAPC, CMCC

Addiction Therapist for 22 years. Specializes in working with the religious community 12-Steps, CBT, Carnes, Torah approach and has been affiliated with the Refuah Institute since 1999 as both a student and a highly regarded faculty member. He has completed a PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR AND COACH DIPLOMA with the REFUAH INSTITUTE and has completed his Doctoral Degree with an American university that he undertook with the support and guidance of the Refuah Institute.

David Ritchie, MBA, RTC, AAPC, CMCC

David Ritchie graduated Jerusalem College of Technology with a BA in computer science in 1986 and a MBA with honors in 2011. He is the manager of the Department of Information Systems and teaches at the Jerusalem College of Technology. David is a certified coach and counselor. He teaches and supervises Refuah students in developing their strategic planning and marketing.

Rebbetzin Liliane Ritchie, RTC, AAPC, CMCC

Rebbetzin Liliane Ritchie is a co-founder of the Refuah Institute and has been trained in every aspect of life coaching offered by the Institute. A qualified life coach, she is also is a multimedia artist, a teacher, an author, and a mother of five. Her writings, teachings, and paintings have touched the lives of thousands of individuals. She communicates soul inspiration with a high quality of wisdom and kindness. In the words of Frayda Milka Abramowitz, Ribnitzer Rebbetzin, “Her words will bring you to a place of beauty with love for our Creator, the people of Israel and Torah wisdom.”

Rebbetzin Channah Schafer, LICSW, AAPC, CMCC

Rebbetzin Channah Schafer is a licensed therapist and holistic health practitioner. She has been a life coach for business, personal growth, and health issues for the past 30 years. Rebbetzin Schafer was a student of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, and she incorporates his teachings into her work. She is married to Reb Nossen Schafer, with whom she enjoys doing workshops. Her passion is Jewish healing and intuitive work, but Rebbetzin Schafer believes her best job to date is being a grandparent, which is her personal delight.

Rabbi Nosson Schafer, AAPC, CMCC

Rabbi Nossen Schafer is a chaplain in prisons, nursing homes, and hospitals. He received semicha from Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach in 1976. He teaches and leads Shabbos retreats and seminars on themes of Torah and Chassidus.  

Nossen still yearns for the joy, acceptance, and closeness he experienced with Reb Shlomo. He receives joy, comfort, and strength from the light of the Torah that is flowing into the world through friends, teachers, and students.


Professor & Rebbetzin Ritchie presenting Mrs. Rivkah Finkel with her Refuah Diploma
I am a graduate of the Refuah Institute’s Certified Coaching Course and have received a Bachelors degree form Yeshiva University and a Masters degree from Columbia University.  The online classes were exceptional and comparable to courses I took at Columbia University.  I am very grateful for the tools I learned during the course.
~ Ronen Fuksbrumer, AAPC