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Joel's Story

Joel was an alcoholic – a Jewish alcoholic. His addiction impacted his family, his relationships in the community and his spirituality. At the time, many rabbis didn’t understand how to help a congregant who turned to them when dealing with addiction. Knowing that he had to seek recovery, Joel connected with a 12-step program at a local church and has been clean and sober ever since. Today, Joel is a certified substance abuse counselor and uses tools from JCFS’ Jewish Center for Addiction (JCA) to integrate Jewish practices, prayers and the Torah to guide others in the recovery process.


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