“It is astounding and heartbreaking to interact with so many Jewish families who feel they are the only ones in our community struggling with addiction. Reducing stigma, shame and denial is critical to earlier identification and treatment of substance use disorders, which is, in turn, critical to saving lives. The Jewish community must do everything possible to bring the issue of addiction into public discourse. JAAN, with Marla Kaufman’s energy and passion behind it, allows the conversation to unfold at the national level, bringing Jewish addiction and recovery into the light.”
— Beth Fishman, Manager, Jewish Center for Addiction
Jewish Child and Family Services of Chicago
“I am in contact with many congregants struggling with addiction of all kinds as are my colleagues. There is agreement that shame and stigma around addiction are common in the Jewish community. JAAN allows individuals and families to connect with each other, access resources, and not feel so alone in their struggle. And most importantly, to see Jewish tradition not as a source of judgment about their illness, but a source of healing. I have no doubt that JAAN will continue to be transformative in many people’s lives.”
— Rabbi K’vod Wieder
Temple Beth El, Orange County, California
“As our agency strives to help clients with substance use disorders, we wanted to explore what perspective Jewish thought could bring to clinical approaches. We also wanted our Jewish community to become more educated and committed to helping those who battle addiction. We brought JAAN in to collaborate with and guide us. JAAN’s involvement has helped take our work to the next level.”
— Linda Burger, MSSW
CEO, Jewish Family Service, Houston
“In my experience, I have found a lot of ignorance and denial in the Jewish community about alcoholism and addiction. My Judaism is not separate from my addiction and recovery, but integrated into it. JAAN’s work makes it possible for so many others to benefit from the connection between recovery and the wisdom of Judaism.
— Rabbi Paul Steinberg
Author of Recovery, the 12 Steps and Jewish Spirituality
“JAAN has transformed the conversation on addiction in our community. One of the most innovative programs initiated by JAAN that has been embraced by our synagogues and Jewish Federation & Family Services are the quarterly ‘Serenity Shabbat’ services. These unique services blend awareness and education with an uplifting spiritual experience that relates Jewish prayer and tradition to healing and recovery.”
— Rabbi Heidi M. Cohen
Temple Beth Sholom, Santa Ana, California
“As a Jewish person with nearly three decades of sobriety and a clinical practice in which I’ve treated many alcoholics, addicts, and their families, I clearly see the need for JAAN. Addiction is now an epidemic in our country causing pain and lost lives within every ethnic group, including Jews. I am certain that Marla Kaufman’s passion and skills will continue to carry this vision forward.”
— Evan Fewsmith, Psy.D.
Addiction is a Jewish issue. We’re working to address it.