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JAAN in the Media

JAAN is honored to have been featured and included in a range of media publications and events that have helped us continue to raise awareness and understanding around substance use disorder and addiction in Jewish Communities and beyond.

Any media outlets interested in JAAN are invited to contact us at [email protected] or call (206) 536-0038.

Ten/28 Film

“Shame On Us”

Watch JAAN Executive Director Marla Kaufman share her story of her family’s journey from shame and isolation to hope and healing, recorded for documentary makers Ten/28 for their film, “Shame on Us.”


The Jewish News of Northern California

“The fentanyl crisis is taking the lives of young Jews”

JAAN’s Executive Director Marla Kaufmann was honored to be featured in this article written by journalist Dan Pine for The Jewish News of Northern California, highlighting the devastating toll of the fentanyl crisis on young Jewish lives. Marla was interviewed along with other Jewish recovery advocates including parents who have lost their children to fentanyl-related overdose.


Niv Magazine

"What Harm Reduction & Passover Have in Common: A Path to Freedom"

This opinion piece highlights the philosophy and practices of harm reduction (treating those who use substances with dignity and keeping them as safe as possible), and why it dovetails with Jewish values and the freedom we emphasize on Passover.


The Times of Israel

Symposium aims to tackle addiction, stigma in U.S. Jewish communities

JAAN and The Network for Human Service Agencies (NJHSA) partnered on a two-day online Addictions Symposium in January 2023. The event included classes and discussions on addiction, recovery, and overdose reversal in an effort to boost awareness and reduce stigma.


The Forward

"Nice Jewish kids struggle with addiction, too. It's past time for a Jewish solution."

Marla Kaufman and Rabbi Michael Perice share their experiences and perspectives on addiction and stigma in the Jewish community, and put forth an effective roadmap for improvement and change.


The Jewish Drinking Show Podcast

The Jewish Drinking Show Podcast Episode #103: Jewish Addiction Awareness Network

The Jewish Drinking Show is a podcast that explores all aspects of what Jewish tradition has to say about drinking. In episode #103, host Rabbi Drew Kaplan and Marla Kaufman talk about alcohol use disorder (AUD), attitudes toward addiction in the Jewish community, and how we can support and relate to individuals and families impacted by AUD and other addictions.

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Jewish Telegraphic Agency

“Staying Sober on Purim: Jews with Alcohol Use Disorder Can Be Triggered During the Drinking Holiday”

Marla Kaufman joined recovery advocates Rabbi Michael Perice and Rabbi Paul Steinberg in speaking with JTA journalist Rachel Roman about the need for providing inclusive and alcohol-free spaces for those in recovery during Purim and other Jewish celebrations.


Bridges 613 Podcast

The Bridging Connections Podcast Episode #45: Ending Stigmas

In episode #45 of the podcast produced by Bridges 613, founder Elizabeth Gossage and Marla Kaufman discuss the current state of the addiction epidemic, the lingering myths and stigma in the Jewish community, and JAAN’s innovative approach and programs for clergy, communal professionals, and those in the Jewish community who have been impacted by substance use disorder and addiction.


Jewish Community Voice

“’Freedom Song’ Coming to Temple Sinai: Weaves Addiction Recovery with Passover Story”

JAAN is honored to be mentioned in this article, in reference to our work around sharing stories of addiction and recovery in Jewish spaces to help end the stigma.


Niv Magazine

“A Mother’s Calling to Destigmatize Addiction in the Jewish Community”

Read this in-depth interview with Marla Kaufman about how her own family’s experience with substance use disorder compelled her to launch JAAN and break down the stigma around this disease.


Jewish Exponent

“’A Disease of Isolation’: How Jews Combat Addiction Stigma”

JAAN was honored to be included with other Jewish voices in this article addressing the continued stigmatization around substance use disorders in Jewish Communities.


The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle

“Tisha B’Av observance to highlight struggles with addiction, hope for recovery”

In her interview with the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, Marla Kaufman previews her participation as a panelist in the virtual Tisha B’Av event titled “Destruction to Redemption: Personal Stories of Addiction and Recovery.”


Cleveland Jewish News

“Clergy learn what they can do to help addicted”

This article features JAAN’s signature workshop, “It Happens Here: Addiction and Mental Health Issues in the Jewish Community,” when it was hosted for Cleveland’s rabbis, cantors, and Jewish educators by the Laura & Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of Case Western Reserve University.


JLife: Orange County Jewish Life

“Serenity Shabbat”

In her article for JLife, Marla Kaufman shares inspiring and moving experiences from Serenity Shabbat services (services with a focus on addiction awareness and the wisdom of Jewish tradition as it relates to recovery) held at various synagogues and sponsored by JAAN and the Jewish Federation of Orange County (CA).


JLife: Orange County Jewish Life

“It Happens Here”

This article discusses JAAN’s partnership with the Jewish Federation’s Community Addiction Task Force and the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County on an initiative to provide addiction and recovery book sets to congregations throughout the county as well as other efforts to offer Jewish-centric recovery resources including 12-Step meetings, book studies and Serenity Shabbat services.


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