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Understanding Addiction from a Jewish Perspective

Understanding Addiction from a Jewish Perspective

ACROSS THE U.S. AND CANADA, millions of individuals grapple every day with addiction. This disease is having a devastating impact on lives, families, and entire communities — including Jewish communities.

While battling addiction, Jewish individuals and families must also confront the stigma and shame associated with a disease so misunderstood. The myth that Jews do not suffer from addiction as much as other groups often leaves families and individuals feeling isolated and disconnected from their friends, congregations, and communities. We’re changing that.

Jewish Addiction Awareness Network (JAAN) connects families and individuals to information, support, tools, and Jewish perspectives to help them face addiction and work toward recovery. Through partnerships, community-building, outreach, and education, we are helping Jewish communities better understand substance use disorder, as well as the power of Jewish traditions and wisdom in providing comfort and guidance.

If you or someone you love is living with addiction or in recovery, know this: You are not alone. And we will no longer be silent.

Upcoming Events & Resources

Online Meditations

Online Meditations

Join us for free quarterly online meditations sponsored by JAAN and hosted by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Our next session is on Friday, December 10, 2021 (9:30 am PDT/12:30 pm EDT) See all 2021 dates here. View previous meditations here: December 5, 2020, March 5, 2021, June 4, 2021.

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There is No "Them," There is Only "Us": A Community Conversation About Addiction & Mental Health in Our Jewish Community

October 6, 2021, 7:00 pm EDT. Marla Kaufman and Rabbi Paul Steinberg will facilitate this virtual community conversation with the Ann Arbor, Michigan Jewish Community. The event is sponsored by The Lior Project, Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit, and JFS Washtenaw County. Contact us here about bringing a program to your community.

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Our Story

JAAN grew out of one Jewish family’s experience with addiction and the stigma that left them feeling isolated and disconnected from their community.

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Explore programs JAAN develops with Jewish organizations, agencies, clergy, and professionals to increase understanding of substance use disorder and other addictions, reduce stigma, help families and individuals, and support those in recovery.

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Browse through insightful posts from guest bloggers, sharing their experiences with substance use disorder, recovery, and Judaism.

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JAAN continually researches and locates resources and events across the U.S. and Canada for Jewish families and individuals grappling with addiction, as well as the communities and congregations that serve them.

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Addiction is a Jewish issue. We’re working to address it.