When Jewish Addiction Awareness Network’s (JAAN) founder, Marla Kaufman, learned ten years ago that her older son (16 at the time) was abusing alcohol and other drugs, her family’s world fell apart. Always active in their Jewish community, Marla and her husband found that although their rabbi was supportive, the stigma associated with addiction resulted in their family not feeling as welcomed in Jewish environments they had previously enjoyed.
In contrast to Jewish organizations, many churches in their area were addressing addiction head on, with dedicated recovery support groups and other programs. This experience inspired Marla to create JAAN.
To increase understanding of the disease of addiction and decrease stigma by connecting individuals, families, and professionals across the Jewish spectrum in order to explore the intersection of Judaism and recovery, exchange resources, and support those in crisis.
To achieve its mission, JAAN will:
- Feature a dynamic, interactive website with blogs, podcasts, a discussion board, and links to resources
- Host regional conferences/Shabbatons with speakers, workshops, services, and an opportunity to build community
- Raise money for treatment scholarships
JAAN is a fiscally sponsored project of Charitable Ventures of Orange County, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
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Jewish Addiction Awareness Network (JAAN)
23052-H Alicia Parkway, #118
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
JAAN is a fiscally sponsored project of Charitable Ventures of Orange County,
a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
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