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About Refuah
Refuah - Coaching in the Light of Torah


The Refuah Institute is the leading provider of Torah based coach training in the world and the only program to teach Torah based coaching with highly interactive distance learning workshops. Refuah’s Torah life coaching approach enables people to achieve success and fulfillment in their work and life through a synergy of proven scientific methods and Torah wisdom that promotes and enhances the lifelong process of learning.

Whether you are looking for an accredited coach training program, professional coaching certification, or powerful coaching skills to help you be more successful in your career and life, you will find it with Refuah Institute’s Training Programs.

Training includes coaching skills suitable for coaching in any situation and setting as well as specific training for coaching in the areas of Education & Guidance, Marriage & Family and Health and Wellness.

Upon graduation you will have the skills of a trained professional coach and will be able to build a private coaching practice or advance your career in a variety of organizational and educational settings.


Refuah’s Impact


To date, hundreds of coaches, counselors, educators, organizational and community leaders, outreach workers, consultants, managers, and new career explorers have been trained through Refuah Institute.  Refuah trained coaches come from varied backgrounds such as Teachers, Rabbis, Rebbitzens, Principals, Mashgichim, Shadchanim, parents, youth and marriage counselors, therapists, business and community leaders. Many will go on to advance in their current career whereas many establish a new career or expand into a private practice of coaching. Refuah graduates are having a significant impact on their families, schools, workplaces and communities by modeling effective ways of communicating, coaching and guiding with Torah values.




The Refuah Institute was founded in New York in 1994 by Dr. Rabbi Joshua H. Ritchie, M.D., as an Orthodox Jewish non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing education and services that promote wellbeing and harmonious relationships in accordance with Torah Hashkafa principles.

In 1996 the Refuah Institute established the Center for Crisis Counseling Hot-Line in Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

In 2001, the Refuah Institute moved its operations base to the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem and established the Refuah Institute Professional Coach Training Programs, graduating students with Diploma and Certification as Life Coaches.

Rabbi and Rebbitzen Ritchie

The Life Coach training program at Refuah is a comprehensive course that comprises a wide range of technical tools. The course is easy to follow and understand. The lecturers are specialists in their particular fields and can summarize in one or two sessions what took them years to learn. The vast amount of information is presented and handed out to the students in a most comfortable way, over the internet in the comfort of your own home. There is access to recordings if you happen to miss a session. The atmosphere is informal and in a real spirit of Ahavas Yisrael. I highly recommend this course and the Refuah Institute


~ Yoel Yativ, AAPC

"Refuah Institute exemplifies the successful use of modern techniques and technology to teach Torah truth and values".

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