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.

Did You Know?


JCFS to Target Jewish Tween Girls with New Planning Grant from Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago  

Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (JWF) approved a new $20,000 grant to Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS) to develop a community response to the needs of Jewish pre-teen girls. With this program, “BeTween: A Jewish Community Planning Initiative,” JCFS will spearhead a community response addressing the needs of Jewish girls, during one of the most critical and vulnerable times of their development.


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