H.A.M.S.A. and ARA to Host Joint Event Dec. 2

Special for the AJT

Are you or a loved one facing challenges of substance abuse or looking for a safe space in your Jewish community? Are you seeking to be strengthened by your faith or by Jewish teaching? 

(Helping Atlantans Manage Substance Abuse) and the Atlanta Rabbinical Association (ARA) will host an event the evening of December 2 featuring Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute and author of Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery. Rabbi Olitzky will speak about The 12 Steps: A Plan for Everyday Living.

H.A.M.S.A. is a program of Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) of Atlanta. The Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) is a national independent organization dedicated to bringing Judaism to interfaith families and the unaffiliated. A fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, Rabbi Olitszky previously served as vice president of the Wexner Heritage Foundation, the premier adult Jewish learning and Jewish leadership program in North America. Before that, he was national dean of Adult Jewish Learning and Living of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he served on the faculty and administration for 15 years following his tenure at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, Conn. A leader in the development of innovative Jewish education, particularly for adults, he has shaped training programs for clergy of all faiths, especially in the area of pastoral care and counseling in the Jewish community. He has done pioneering work in the area of Jewish Twelve Step spirituality as well as Jewish gerontology.

Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery will be available for purchase at the event, which will be at Temple Sinai at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact HAMSA@jfcs-atlanta.org.