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Jewish Resources for Addiction and Recovery

JAAN continues to actively research Jewish addiction and recovery resources and events in communities across the country as well as Canada. We will be adding resources and communities continually, so please check back often. Resources and events are grouped by geographic location.

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National Resources

BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy
BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy guides Jewish young adults (18+) on individulized journeys of self-discovery and healing. Through nature-based therapy, BaMidbar serves emerging adults struggling with challenges such as substance abuse, gaming, gambling or other process addictions, depression, negative life patterns, and an inability to live life to its full potential. The program’s therapeutic process promotes emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness, and supports families in building strong and healthy relationships. BaMidbar’s clinical interventions and wilderness experiences are provided through a Jewish framework. BaMidbar is a program of Ramah in the Rockies, and is based at their 360-acre ranch nestled in the pristine Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 90 minutes from Denver, CO. Visit website.

Beit T’Shuvah
Beit T’Shuvah (BTS), located in Los Angeles, houses a residential treatment center, an educational institute, and a supportive, spiritual community. BTS has a multi-pronged approach toward addiction and other destructive behaviors through a groundbreaking model focusing on the integration of the whole self – the mind, body, and spirit. This model integrates Jewish spirituality, psychotherapy, addiction counseling, the 12 Steps, and creative arts. BTS is also a synagogue congregation comprised of residents, alumni, families, and community members. With their motto of “Recover Your Passion, Discover Your Purpose,” BTS has been bringing healing and hope to people for over 30 years. Visit website.

Chabad-Lubavitch
Chabad Residential Treatment Center (CRTC) in Los Angeles has been providing treatment for over 40 years. CRTC offers residential, outpatient, sober living, and aftercare programs with a mission to help clients free themselves from substance abuse and other harmful addictions, connect to their inner roots of spirituality and integrity, form healthy relationships, and build meaningful and fulfilling lives. Visit website.

A variety of information and resources can be found on Chabad’s main website on their Jewish recovery page. In addition to articles, essays, and audio classes on Judaism and recovery, there is a “Recovery Rabbis” tab that lists Chabad rabbis who focus on recovery and offer programs in their communities (locations include Florida, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania). Visit web page.

Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others (JACS)
JACS, a program of The Jewish Board (New York), encourages and assists exploration of recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment, promotes knowledge and understanding of alcoholism and chemical dependency as it involves the Jewish community, and acts as a resource center and information clearinghouse on the effects of alcoholism and drug dependency on Jewish family life. JACS sponsors an annual retreat on the east coast where participants explore Jewish resources to help strengthen recovery, enjoy Shabbat, talk with rabbis, and share in 12-Step oriented Jewish spiritual meetings and workshops. JACS also runs Sober Birthright trips to Israel for young adults in recovery that in addition to traditional sightseeing includes visits to recovery centers and meeting young Israelis in recovery. Visit JACS web page.
Visit Sober Birthright web page.

Resources by State

California

Community Resources - Los Angeles County

Beit T’Shuvah (BTS)
BTS is both a residential treatment center (for a description of their treatment program, see listing under National Resources) and a spiritual community that offers a variety of opportunities for engagement. BTS has a synagogue that features a full array of Shabbat and holiday services, adult education, and social action projects. In addition to being a location for various 12-step meetings, BTS hosts many special events including engaging speakers and film screenings. Visit website.

Jewish Family Service (JFS)
JFS has an Alcohol and Drug Action Program (ADAP) that provides substance abuse prevention and education programming for youth, parents, and the community as well as counseling, referral, and training services. Visit web page.

The YY House
The YY House, located in North Hollywood (Valley Village), brings Jews in sobriety together through monthly Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, and meetings. They publicize the dates and times of their events on their Facebook page. Visit Facebook page.

Events

Recovery Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.
University Synagogue
11960 San Vicente Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Al-Anon (Parent Focus)
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Beit T’Shuvah
8831 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Eating Disorders Anonymous
(Women Only)
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Beit T’Shuvah
8831 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Community Resources - Marin County

Events

Serenity Shabbat services

Serenity Shabbat services are scheduled periodically throughout the year. These spirited services feature a celebration of Judaism and recovery, and are followed by a community dinner.
For more information, email Rabbi Paul Steinberg at psteinberg@kolshofar.org

Recovery Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.
Congregation Kol Shofar
215 Blackfield Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920

Serenity Study - A monthly meeting for people in recovery from any addiction, family members,
and community members who wish to engage in spiritual study that includes Judaism,
recovery concepts, and literature.
Fourth Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:15 pm
Rotates between Congregation Kol Shofar [215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon] and
Congregation Rodef Sholom [170 N. Pedro Road, San Rafael]
For current schedule, email Rabbi Paul Steinberg at psteinberg@kolshofar.org

Community Resources - Orange County

Jewish Addiction Awareness Network (JAAN) and Jewish Federation & Family Services (JFFS) JAAN is based in Orange County, and works closely with JFFS to develop and coordinate a wide range of addiction and recovery programming. The Orange County Jewish Substance Abuse Task Force, comprised of representatives from various congregations and organizations, meets quarterly at JFFS. The task force is committed to increasing awareness and resources, decreasing stigma, and supporting Jewish recovery events. The Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County has approved grants to fund many initiatives. These collaborative efforts ensure that addiction and recovery issues stay at the forefront of the community.

Events

Serenity Shabbat Services

Serenity Shabbat services are hosted quarterly by various congregations. These uplifiting services incorporate addiction awareness and the wisdom of Jewish tradition as it relates to the spiritual practice of recovery. See current schedule here.

Recovery Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous
Sundays, 8:30 a.m. (October-April)
Congregation Beth Meir/Chabad
19045 E. Yorba Linda Boulevard
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Al-Anon
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Temple Beth El of South Orange County
2A Liberty, Room 205
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Stepping Out of Shabbes - A monthly meeting for people in recovery, family members and friends focused on Jewish concepts and recovery principles.
Sponsored by Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (JCoOC)
Third Saturday of the month, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Private Homes
See details and RSVP here.

Florida

Community Resources - Palm Beach County

JFS Cares - A Joint Program of the Rales Jewish Family Services and the
Alpert Jewish Family Service

JFS Cares focuses on community awareness, resources, education, and support for Jewish families with loved ones with substance use disorders. In addition to affordable counseling, the agencies offer a free family support group, and maintain a list of resources online that includes information on AA and Al-Anon meetings in Jewish locations. Visit Rales JFS website. Visit Alpert JFS website. Visit JFS Cares resource list.

Jewish Recovery Center (JRC)
JRC brings Torah, support, and fellowship to Jews in recovery and their family members through a full array of programming. JRC hosts Shabbat and holiday dinners, support groups, lectures, outings to sporting and cultural events, and spiritual retreats. JRC also provides referrals, screenings, and assistance with placement for detox and treatment as well as offering aftercare management at their sober houses. Visit website.

Georgia

Community Resources - Atlanta

Helping Atlantans Manage Substance Abuse (HAMSA)
HAMSA is Jewish Family & Child Services’ (JF&CS) Jewish response to addiction. We provide recovery support and tools, and serve as the go-to resource for the Jewish community. Through a Jewish lens, we help people navigate the system of resources, ensure continuity of care for all levels of recovery, and provide excellent clinical support. Because addiction is at epidemic proportions in the Atlanta area, and treatment options are traditionally not Jewish-informed, HAMSA is in a unique position to facilitate change and significantly impact the Jewish recovery landscape. Visit website.

Events

Recovery Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous
Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m.
Temple Kehillat Chaim
1145 Green Street
Roswell, GA 30075

Al-Anon
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.
Congregation B’nai Torah
700 Mount Vernon Highway NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Families Anonymous
Mondays, 7:15 p.m.
Temple Beth Tikvah
9555 Coleman Road
Roswell, GA 30075

Illinois

Community Resources - Chicago

Jewish Center for Addiction (JCA)
JCA supports individuals and families struggling with or in recovery from addiction and works with the Jewish community to create compassionate responses to addiction’s many challenges. Programs include community education, youth drug prevention, older adult services, information and referral to treatment, and professional training. JCA’s programs address the specific needs of Chicago’s Jewish community and reflect best practices in the addiction prevention and treatment fields. JCA is under the auspices of Jewish Child & Family Services. Visit website.

Events

Recovery Meetings

For an up to date list of 12-Step Meetings in Jewish locations, see JCA’s list here.

JACS Meeting (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons & Significant Others)
Monthly, 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob
8825 Prairie Road
Skokie, IL 60076

Maryland

Community Resources - Baltimore

Jewish Community Services (JCS) & The Associated
JCS, an agency of The Associated, has clinicians on staff who are specifically trained to address addiction issues. Services include recovery-focused indvidual and group counseling, treatment, and information and referral services. JCS also offers prevention education and outreach programs to raise awareness among children, teens, and adults about addiction and other risky behaviors. As part of their awareness efforts, JCS produced a series of podcasts called “Hooked - Personal Stories of Addiction.” The Associated sponsors jLink, a comprehensive online resource guide to Jewish Baltimore, that includes an addiction resources page with many links to help and services. Visit JCS Addiction Services. Visit JCS Hooked Podcast. Visit jLink’s Addiction Services.

Events

Recovery Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous
Al-Anon
Grey Sheet Anonymous
Overeaters Anonymous
Processed Foods Anonymous
Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
7401 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21208

Nar-Anon
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.
Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School
3300 Old Court Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

Michigan

Community Resources - Detroit

Friendship House
The Daniel B. Sobel Friendship House is a Jewish recovery community for individuals and families struggling with addiction. The Friendship House’s welcoming environment hosts 12-step meetings and a weekly Jewish recovery group (listed below), and has a library with 500+ volumes on recovery, self-help, and Jewish spirituality. Their programs include alcohol-free Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, and social events as well as an annual Jewish recovery retreat. Friendship House rabbis are available for spiritual counseling and can also help with referrals to agencies and treatment. Visit website.

Jewish Family Service (JFS)
JFS offers counseling to individuals, couples, and families using a variety of research-based interventions, and has counselors on staff who have specialized training in addiction and recovery. JFS can also assist with evaulation and referral to different levels of care if indicated. Visit website.

Events

*Recovery Meetings**

Alcoholics Anonymous

Sundays, 7:30 p.m.
Friendship House
6892 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Adat Shalom Synagogue
29901 Middlebelt Road
Farmington, MI 48334

Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m.
Temple Shir Shalom
3999 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323

Thursdays, 8:00 p.m.
Temple Israel
5725 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323

Al-Anon

Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m.
Friendship House
6892 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m.
Temple Shir Shalom
3999 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323

Overeaters Anonymous
Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
Friendship House
6892 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Jewish Recovery Meeting - Open to all 12-step program members, combines Jewish philosophy, tradition, and spirituality to support and enhance recovery.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Friendship House
6892 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Ohio

Community Resources - Cleveland

Case Western Reserve University’s Siegal Lifelong Learning Program Every fall, the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program (SLLP) spearheads a four-part series on addiction and the opioid crisis, offering a wide variety of engaging topics. The series features speakers from the medical, legal, government, and nonprofit communities as well as individuals and family members with lived experience. The series is supported through SLLP’s Melissa Rae Fund in Support of Addiction Advocacy, Understanding and Change, and is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Cleveland Jewish News. Visit website.

Naaleh Cleveland Naaleh is a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening the emotional and well-being of the Cleveland Jewish community. Naaleh’s services include assistance in navigating the process of finding mental health professionals and treatment programs, serving as a liaison between mental health providers, clients, family members, and clergy, sponsoring educational programs to promote wellness and reduce stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders, and offering a safe place for understanding and support. Visit website.

Events

Recovery Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous

Mondays, 12:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.
Thursdays, 12:00 p.m.
The Temple Tifereth Israel
26000 Shaker Bouleveard
Beachwood, OH 44122

Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m.
Mandel Jewish Community Center
26001 S. Woodland Road Beachwood, OH 44122

Fridays, 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Suburban Temple Kol Ami
22401 Chagrin Boulevard
Beachwood, OH 44122

Texas

Community Resources - Houston

Jewish Family Service (JFS)
JFS is committed to providing services that address tough topics, including substance use disorder and suicide. Through their initiative “JFS Mental Health Programs - Let’s Talk About It,” they have sponsored educational events for both clergy and the larger Houston Jewish community. In addition to having a seasoned addiction and dual diagnosis counselor on staff, JFS offers two weekly support groups; one for anyone impacted by substance use and one for grief support after a death by overdose or suicide. Visit website. See Substance Abuse Support Group details here. See Grief Support Group details here.

Events

Recovery Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous
Saturdays, 7:00 p.m.
Congregation Brith Shalom
4610 Bellaire Boulevard
Bellaire, TX 77401

Al-Anon
Wednesdays, 6:45 p.m.
Jewish Family Service
4131 S. Braeswood Boulevard
Houston, TX 77025

Canada – Resources

Toronto

JACS Toronto
JACS assists individuals struggling with addiction or in recovery and their family members, and provides outreach, education, and speakers to a variety of community groups and organizations. Their services include individual and family counseling, assessments, and support groups with well-trained clinicians. JACS also hosts many different types of 12-Step meetings every day of the week. An extensive resource list and events such as Shabbat dinners can be found on their website. Visit website.

Vancouver

JACS (Jewish Addiction Community Services) Vancouver
JACS provides support to individuals and families affected by addiction that is informed by Jewish values, traditions, and practices . JACS helps community members navigate the maze of addiction services and treatment programs and hosts two support groups, one for Jews in recovery and another for family and friends of people with an addiction issue. JACS also offers workshops and presentations focusing on education, awareness, and stigma reduction. Visit website.

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