The Jerusalem Sober House begins a “new era” with a “12 Step Oriented Treatment Program” for alcohol and drug addiction in Jerusalem.
After a brace of years together, the Jerusalem Sober House announced this week it is bidding farewell to Rabbi Raphael Salber and starting a “new era” in implementing a “12 Step Oriented Treatment Program” for alcohol and drug addiction.
The House, which serves as a step-down for addicts who are newly in recovery from alcohol and other substance addiction, has been in existence for several years.
Leibish “Big Mike” Gondelman, a founding leader at Jerusalem Sober House, told JewishPress.com he is proud of the programs JSH has put together in the past year, among them a recent special evening with Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski.
“We are already creating new treatment programs that center on group therapy and fold in one-on-one personal counseling and therapy sessions,” Gondelman said.
David “Dallas” Margolies is the newest arrival on the staff, he added, bringing his experience running and volunteering with at-risk youth programs in Texas, California, New York and Israel.
Gondelman said his wife, Tatiana has taken over day-to-day operations and business management of JSH “so I can focus on what hundreds of recovering addicts know to be true — the crucial importance of saving lives.”
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There are some people who are so determined to get things done, that not even an international terrorist attack can stop them.Leibish “Big Mike” Gondelman is one of those people, and the Jerusalem Sober House is the result of his persistence. The Queens, New York native was one of the few who succeeded in making it on to the flight to Israel from New Jersey’s Newark Airport on September 11, 2001, as the Twin Towers were burning after being attacked by Al Qaeda terrorists.
“I am just one of those people,” Big Mike told Arutz Sheva in an interview Wednesday. It took him years to put together the project of which he is now clinical director, together with executive director, Rabbi Rafael Salber.
Jerusalem Sober House is a 12 step-based transitional living residence (halfway house) for male addicts who “want to learn how to live life as a normal productive member of society.” The place — something badly needed in Jerusalem — just opened its doors in March of this year. The project has recently developed a Facebook page, among other things.
Men who come to live at the house must be age 18 or over, and in recovery from addiction. The house and the program are kashrut and Shabbat observant. “However, we do not in any way interfere with the religious practice or level of observance of the residents off the premises,” Big Mike added. “It is a sober living environment; the goal is not to promote religion, but to promote and maintain sobriety within a religious framework by allowing those who are observant to find a safe home to work on their obstacles of addiction without compromising their religion.”
Acceptance into the house is based on the desire for a Jewish male to seek sobriety, rather than upon the level of observance, he noted.
The primary staff consists of Torah observant men, and the program includes individual and group therapy for residents. In addition, they must agree to participate in at least 2 Alcoholics Anonymous / Narcotics Anonymous meetings per week. A weekly 12-step meeting is also held at the house as well.
Plans for a parallel women’s halfway house are on the table for “sometime in the future,” he said, but “first things first.”
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