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JAAN Events

Connecting with community to increase understanding.

JAAN hosts, sponsors, and participates in a diverse range of events, presentations, and workshops related to raising awareness and understanding of addiction and recovery in Jewish communities, as well as how Jewish traditions can be applied to these issues. View our upcoming events, as well as past events.

Upcoming Events

Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) and JAAN Co-Sponsored
2021 Quarterly Online Recovery-Focused Free Meditation Sits
Next meditation will be on Friday, December 10, 2021
(9:30 am PDT, 12:30 pm EDT) - Everyone is welcome!
Full schedule and registration information can be found here.
View previous meditations here:
December 5, 2020, March 5, 2021, June 4, 2021.

The Lior Project, Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit,
and JFS Washtenaw County
“There is No ‘Them,’ There is Only ‘Us’: A Community Conversation about Addiction & Mental Health in Our Jewish Community”
Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT (Online)

Past Events

National Events

Virtual Learning Session - “Gimme Shelter: Building Space for Recovery in the Jewish Community,” a collaborative program between JAAN, HAMSA (JF&CS Atlanta), and JCS Baltimore in honor of Sukkot and National Recovery Month 2021 focusing on recovery allyship.

Co-sponsor and panelist - “Lessons from Recovery for Navigating a New World,” an online panel discussion about emerging from the pandemic, with JCS Baltimore, Rales JFS Florida, and Beit T’Shuvah

Workshop at Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies’ (NJHSA) 2021 Virtual Annual Conference - “Stories from the Frontline: Addiction & Mental Health in the Jewish Community”

Webinar presenter – “Creating a Culture of Compassion and Action in Response to the Opioid Crisis,” U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Partnership Center

Online Speaker Series - “Becoming Vulnerable,” JCSRecovery (The Jewish Board, NY) and T’Shuvah Center

Online blogcast panelist – “Jews Are Not Immune: Exploring Addiction & Mental Health,” Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), archived here

Workshop for Jewish Educators Assembly’s 65th Annual Conference (Woodland Hills, CA) – “It Happens in Every Community – A Jewish Educator’s Guide to Understanding & Addressing Addiction”


Workshop for clergy and Jewish professionals - “It Happens Here: Addiction & Mental Health Issues in the Jewish Community,” Shalom Center at Temple Chai, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix


Workshop for Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) Pacific District, Southern California Annual Area Day - “It Happens Here, Addiction in the Jewish Community: Creating a Culture of Compassion & Action,” Los Angeles

Sponsorship and presentations at Serenity Shabbat services at various synagogues; these special services focus on addiction awareness and the wisdom of Jewish tradition as it relates to recovery, read article here.

Presentation of Addiction & Recovery Book Sets to synagogues in collaboration with Jewish Federation & Family Services, funded by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, Orange County, read article here.

Participant and workshop leader – “Coping with Addiction from a Family Perspective,” at Problems and Solutions: A Community Response to the Opioid and Addiction Epidemic, Orange County

Provided addiction and recovery materials to the Jewish Chaplain at Central California Women’s Facility State Prison

Presentation for teens and parents – “Beyond Prevention: When a Jewish Family Faces Addiction,” University Synagogue, Irvine

Workshop for clergy and educators – “It Happens Here: Addiction in the Jewish Community,” Orange County

Participant and speaker at multi-faith celebration to honor National Recovery Month, Orange County

Presentation at Orange County Jewish Substance Abuse Task Force, Irvine

Presentation at Board of Rabbis, Orange County


Workshop for clergy and Jewish professionals - “It Happens Here: Addiction & Mental Health Issues in the Jewish Community,” Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council, BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy Program, and JEWISHcolorado, Denver

Session Leader at Rabbinic and Lay Leadership Training Day – “The Jewish Professional Role: Application to Your Community,” BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy Program at Camp Ramah of the Rockies, Denver


Workshop for clergy – “Addiction and Mental Health Issues in the Jewish Community,” Atlanta

Presenter and panelist – “How Wilderness Therapy and Collaborative Community Engagement Can Bring Healing,” Temple Kehillat Chaim, Atlanta

Co-leader in interactive educational presentation with post-B’nai Mitzvah teens, Temple Beth Tikvah, Atlanta


Presentation at JCFS Chicago’s Addiction Services Program, Chicago


Community Panel Discussion, “Addiction to Recovery: Circle of Caring for Self, Others & Community,” The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University’s Substance Abuse Series, Cleveland

Workshop for clergy and Jewish professionals - “It Happens Here: Addiction & Mental Health Issues in the Jewish Community,” Siegal Jewish Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve Univerisity and Jewish Federation, Cleveland, read article here.


Presentation on community addiction advocacy and programming to community leaders and educators, Beth Tfiloh Community School, Baltimore


Workshop for clergy and Jewish professionals - “It Happens Here: Addiction & Mental Health Issues in the Jewish Community,” Jewish Family Service and Tri-Community Coalition, Detroit

Workshop for clergy and Jewish professionals (online) - “It Happens Here: Addiction & Mental Health Issues in the Jewish Community,” The Lior Project and Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor)


Tisha B’Av Program (online) - “From Destruction to Redemption: Personal Stories of Addiction & Recovery,” The Rabbinical Association and Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City

New Jersey

Virtual Shabbat Service with Temple Sinai, Cinnaminson


Workshop for clergy and clinicians – “It Happens Here: Addiction in the Jewish Community,” Jewish Family Service, Houston


Limmud Seattle Summer 2021 eFest
“Shanda No More: Addiction, Recovery & Inclusion in Our Jewish Community”

Book Study - Recovery, the 12 Steps & Jewish Spirituality - Temple Beth Am Hearth Groups, Seattle

Session on Substance Use Disorder, Harm Reduction & Treatment
GIFT (Giving Initiative for Teens) Program of the Stroum Jewish Community Center, Seattle

D’var Torah – A Jewish Family Faces Addiction – Kavana Cooperative, Seattle

Virtual Serenity Shabbat service with Temple Beth Or, Everett

Washington, DC

Workshop for clergy and Jewish professionals - “Wellness & the Jewish Community Agenda,” Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, D.C.

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