When Jewish Addiction Awareness Network’s (JAAN) founder, Marla Kaufman, learned in 2006 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.

Mission Statement:

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.


JAAN is a fiscally sponsored project of Charitable Ventures of Orange County, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.


It is astounding and heartbreaking to interact with so many Jewish families who feel they are the only ones in our community struggling with addiction. Reducing stigma, shame and denial is critical to earlier identification and treatment of substance abuse disorders, which is, in turn, critical to saving lives. The Jewish community must do everything possible to bring the issue of addiction into public discourse. JAAN, with Marla Kaufman’s energy and passion behind it, will allow the conversation to unfold at the national level, bringing Jewish addiction and recovery into the light.
Beth Fishman, Manager, Jewish Center for Addiction

Jewish Child and Family Services of Chicago

In my experience, I have found a lot of ignorance and denial in the Jewish community about alcoholism and addiction. There are very few Jewish institutions that serve addicts. My Judaism is not separate from my addiction and recovery, but integrated into it. JAAN will allow others to benefit from the connection between recovery and the wisdom of Judaism.
Rabbi Paul Steinberg

Author of Recovery, the 12 Steps and Jewish Spirituality

I am in contact with many congregants struggling with addiction of all kinds as are my colleagues. There is agreement that shame and stigma around addiction are common in the Jewish community. JAAN will allow individuals and families to connect with each other, access resources, and not feel so alone in their struggle. And most importantly, to see Jewish tradition not as a source of judgment about their illness, but a source of healing. I have no doubt that JAAN will be transformative in many people’s lives.
Rabbi K’vod Wieder

Temple Beth El, Orange County, California

As a Jewish person with 25 years of sobriety and a clinical practice in which I’ve treated many alcoholics, addicts, and their families, I clearly see the need for JAAN. Addiction is now an epidemic in our country causing pain and lost lives within every ethnic group, including Jews. I am certain that Marla Kaufman’s passion and skills will carry this vision forward.
Evan Fewsmith, Psy.D.

President, Pacific Solstice Treatment Center

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JAAN is a fiscally sponsored project of Charitable Ventures of Orange County,
a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
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