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ⓘ Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others. Jewish Alcoholics, Chemical Dependents and Significant Others was founded in 1979 by the ..




                                     

ⓘ Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others

Jewish Alcoholics, Chemical Dependents and Significant Others was "founded in 1979 by the New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies."

Part of their work includes "a speakers bureau and publishing a directory of resources for families in crisis."

                                     

1. History

One of the founders of the JACS Long Island branch explained why Jewish Alcoholics, Chemical Dependents and Significant Others was formed, rather than direct people to Alcoholics Anonymous: "to an observant Jew who has to meet in a church basement. not always going to work." Another co-founder added that even to"help save one life. one of the highest commandments."

One Jewish doctor was anonymously quoted by The New York Times as saying that

Most 12-step programs have a religious overtone, and its difficult

for people who were raised Jewish to feel initially comfortable with mainstream ideology

that is Christian-oriented.

JACS also has a unit called Teen Network, and, like the parent organization, it focuses across various degrees of regligiousity. and several JACS members formed a group "for alcoholics who are children of Holocaust survivors."

A 2001 study by JACS of residents at a Jewish treatment center reported self-identification of 10% Orthodox, 28% Conservative, 32% Reform and 30% non-affiliated.

                                     

2. Blend

The Orthodox Union, which runs some of the Birthright Israel trips, was approached by a JACS program director with 15 years of experience to allow her to "run a trip for young Jewish addicts in recovery" and, later on she became "North American director of the OUs. Israel Birthright" trips.

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