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What We Do

Services Customized For the Jewish Community

As Jewish communities and congregations across the country struggle with the addiction crisis, JAAN works to share strategies and best practices from a Jewish perspective. We help Jewish organizations, agencies, professionals, and synagogues leverage Jewish traditions and knowledge to better understand addiction and support those living with it. Here’s how.

Community Partnerships

Collaboration is critical to understanding the crisis and stigma associated with addiction in the Jewish community. JAAN is focused on building partnerships between clergy, lay leaders, and Jewish organizations for the purpose of:

Here are some examples of the kinds of community programs and partnerships we offer.

Community Education

Through ongoing community education efforts, JAAN seeks to counter the stigma, shame, and denial surrounding addiction that permeates many Jewish communities and congregations. We are available to provide training, host workshops, give presentations, and share information with a range of participants and partners including:

12-Step/Recovery Meetings

Churches have a long history of embracing 12 Step and other recovery-focused support groups, welcoming these groups to hold meetings at their facilities. We encourage synagogues and Jewish spaces to open their doors to host these meetings and programs as well. JAAN offers guidance to synagogues and Jewish organizations in working with recovery program members to establish recovery meetings that are open to people from all faiths and backgrounds.

Serenity Shabbat Services

JAAN partners with Jewish synagogues and organizations to create meaningful Serenity Shabbat services. These unique and joyful services focus on addiction awareness and the importance of Jewish tradition and wisdom as it relates to the spiritual practice of recovery.

Book Studies and Groups

JAAN is available to guide communities, congregations, and individuals on steps necessary to successfully convene and facilitate a book study group for participants affected by addiction. In these small, supportive, peer-led groups, participants discuss books written by leading Jewish addiction and recovery professionals for people in recovery and family members. Book studies provide a confidential and welcoming space for Jews to connect, share experiences, and understand addiction through a Jewish lens.

Consulting Services

JAAN welcomes the opportunity to collaborate and share best practices with clergy, educators, lay leaders, organizations, groups, and schools across the Jewish spectrum to help bring the disease of addiction out of the shadows and into the light. We can help you begin the conversation about addiction.

Speaking Services

We offer the resources and access to subject matter expertise related to addiction, recovery, and the Jewish experience. Our speaking engagement topics include:

View a list of our past and upcoming speaking engagements here.

Custom Events and Program

JAAN is also available to create a custom event or program for your organization, congregation, or group, or to participate in an event you already have planned.

To learn more about JAAN’s services and how we might partner with you, please contact us here or call (949) 424-5226.

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