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Executive Director

Marla Kaufman is the Executive Director and Founder of Jewish Addiction Awareness Network. Marla began her career as Director of Communications and recruitment for a financial services company in Los Angeles, California. After starting a family and moving to Orange County, California, she served as Director of Development for a Jewish day school, initiating a comprehensive fundraising plan to support annual and capital needs. Marla later worked as Family Support and Marketing Liaison for a therapeutic wilderness program for adolescents, creating a multi-faceted parent support program and representing the company to referring professionals. She has enjoyed volunteering for a wide variety of organizations focusing on youth education, addiction, and seniors. Marla is a founding member and chair of the OC Jewish Substance Abuse Task Force. She has a BA in sociology with a minor in American studies from California State University, Fullerton.

Advisory Board

Dr. Beth Fishman is Manager at the Jewish Center for Addiction at Jewish Child and Family Services of Chicago, Illinois. Beth has worked with individuals and families impacted by substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors for over 20 years. At the Jewish Center for Addiction, Beth offers presentations on Jewish spiritual practices that enhance sobriety. She trains and consults with clinicians, directs community members to recovery resources, and assists synagogues in creating safe, sacred communities vis a vis alcohol use. Beth was the founder of the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at the University of South Florida, the Oral Testimonies Project of the Holocaust Museum of St. Petersburg, the Jewish Meditation Coalition, and the Women’s Seder of Tampa Bay. She was the recipient of a Dorot Foundation Fellowship, and has studied in both Modern Orthodox and Liberal yeshivot in Jerusalem. Beth has a BA in biological psychology from Mount Holyoke College and a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Joseph Kaufman is Chief Financial Officer at Robert Kaufman Fabrics, an industry leader and distributor of quality textiles for the quilt, sewing, and apparel markets. Joe has been employed by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, a company started by his grandfather, for 29 years. His prior work experience involved cost accounting and inventory control at a medical instruments company and a computer circuit board manufacturer. Joe holds a BA degree from U.C.L.A. in economics, and has volunteered at a Jewish day school analyzing applications and making recommendations for financial aid awards.

Rabbi Paul Steinberg is an Educator and Spiritual Counselor at Beit T’Shuvah, an addiction treatment center and synagogue community in Los Angeles, California. Paul began his career as the Director of Jewish Studies and Hebrew at Levine Academy, a Solomon Schechter School in Dallas, Texas. He then went on to become the Senior Educator at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, where he served as both a pulpit rabbi and head of the various schools and educational programs. Paul has published many articles on Jewish thought and education, as well as five books. His most recent book is Recovery, the 12 Steps, and Jewish Spirituality: Reclaiming Hope, Courage, and Wholeness (Jewish Lights, 2014), which provides the first comprehensive approach to integrating Jewish spirituality with the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. Paul has a BA in Psychology and Judaic Studies from the University of Arizona, and several graduate degrees from American Jewish University (AJU) in Los Angeles, California, including a MA in Education, a MA in Rabbinic Studies, and ordination as a Conservative rabbi from AJU’s Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies. He is a doctoral candidate in education at Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi K’vod Wieder is rabbi at Temple Beth El of South Orange County in Aliso Viejo, California. For the last 15 years, K’vod has been teaching classes, leading retreats, and counseling students in meditation, prayer, and creative forms of Jewish spirituality. He served as the Assistant Director of Chochmat HaLev – a Jewish meditation center in Berkeley, Program Director for Sonoma County Jewish Federation, Director of the B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Program Director for Elat Chayyim Center of Jewish Spirituality, and trained and interned with Jewish Funds For Justice and One L.A in the area of congregation-based community organizing. K’vod has a BA in psychology from UC Santa Cruz and a MA in Transpersonal Psychology (counseling) from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He completed his rabbinic studies at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles at American Jewish University, earning ordination as a Conservative Rabbi.

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