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Anthony E. Mann                       JACS
Paul Levine, LCSW
                                      Jewish Alcoholics
Executive Vice President & CEO        Chemically Dependent Persons
Ellen Josem, JD
Associate Executive Director          & Significant Others
and General Counsel
Jonathan Katz, LCSW
                                      is dedicated to:
                                                                                                                  JEWISH ALCOHOLICS, CHEMICALLY DEPENDENT
Director, Jewish Community Services                                                                                    PERSONS AND SIGNIFICANT OTHERS
Alisha Goodman, LMSW                  l  Encouraging and assisting Jewish alcoholics, chemically

                                                                                                             Invites you to attend:
Director of Operations,               dependent persons, and their families, friends, and associates
Jewish Community Services
                                      to explore recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment.
Sharon Darack, BA Hons, CPC           l Promoting knowledge and understanding of the disease of
Program Director
Vickie Griffiths, CPC                 alcoholism and chemical dependency as it involves the Jewish
Administrative Coordinator

                                                                                                        “A TWERSKI CELEBRATION”
Julie N. Saperstein                   l Acting as a resource center and information clearinghouse
President                             on the effects of alcoholism and drug dependency on Jewish
Lisa Auerbach
Executive Vice - President            family life.
Israel Fogel, MBA, LNHA
V.P. Operations                                                    w                                                        In honor of
Karen Goodman, MBA                    JACS is a program of the Rita J. Kaplan
V.P. Programming for Membership
                                      Jewish Community Services at the Jewish
Brenda Segev-Lawner, SDA, MS, CPC
V.P. Communications & Marketing       Board of Family and Children’s Services.
                                                                                                               Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski
Renee Schlesinger, LCSW
V.P. Outreach                                                                                                    Celebrating his 80th Birthday
David Buchholz                        JBFCS/JACS                                                               Dr. Benzion Twerski, Ph.D.
Rabbi Hirsch Chinn, MSEd, MSW
Karen Fedder                          135 West 50th Street, 6th Floor                                          Rabbi Mordechai Twerski
Ricki Gorman, CNM
Charles B. Hall, PhD                  New York, NY 10020
Lisa Insler, JD
Rabbi Yehoshua Kaganoff               Phone: (212) 632-4600
Rabbi Gary Katz
Reva Kaufman                          Fax: (212) 399-3525                                                  Recognizing their commitment to JACS
Carol Miller
Ari Saperstein
Pessy Schuman                                                                    and its 32 year groundbreaking mission
Amy Simon Schwartz
Sylvie Sherman-Bloch                                                                     to help all who seek recovery.
Karen Skoler, CPA, CEU
Eric R. B. Spronz, LPN, PhR
JACS PAST PRESIDENTS                  JACS is a program of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s
Maureen Calarino, z”l 1979-1983       Services. JBFCS is committed to providing the highest quality
Audrey Waxman, MPA, 1983-1988
Willy Mautner, MD z”l, 1988-1990      mental health and social services programs to children, adults,                                 6
                                                                                                           Sunday, February 20, 2011 w  p.m.
David Buchholz, 1990-1993
Maxine Uttal, 1993-1996
                                      and families and in so doing enhances the overall strength of        Beth Aharon Forem Chabad House
Laura Gold, 1996-1997
Karen Skoler,CPA,CEU,1997-1999
                                      the community. Through a diverse network of more than 175
                                      programs, we touch the lives of 55,000 New Yorkers of all
                                                                                                                     11 Harold St.
Arnie Goldfein, 1999-2006
Yaakov Ort 2006-2007                  religious, ethnic, and economic backgrounds throughout                   Tenafly, New Jersey 07670
Perry Stein, MD 2007-2009             NYC and in Westchester. Meeting the diverse needs of the
JACS ADVISORS                         Jewish community remains vital to our mission and is central
Sheila B. Blume, MD, CASAC
Rabbi Kerry “Shia” Olitsky, DHL       to our work.
Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD
Rabbi Benzion Twerski, PhD
Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski                                                                                                                                                    Rabbi Mordechai Twerski
Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski is a scion of the Chernobyl and                                                                                                    Rabbi Mordechai B. Twerski is the Rabbi of Congregation Ateres
Sanz Chassidic dynasties and a psychiatrist specializing in                                                                                                     Shloime in Brooklyn, New York. His local Chassidic community
addiction. He served as Clinical Director of the Department of                                                                                                  began seven years ago when Rabbi Twerski and his family moved
Psychiatry at St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh and as Associ-
                                                                                                                                                                from his hometown in Denver, Colorado.
ate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School
                                                                                                                                                                    The forefront of Rabbi Twerski’s work has been facing the chal-
of Medicine. Rabbi Dr. Twerski is the founder and medical direc-
tor emeritus of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center, which provides                                                                                               lenges of today’s Jewish families. While leading his Chassidic com-
programs for addiction treatment, education, prevention, and                                                                                                    munity, Rabbi Twerski, a Family Therapist runs an active prac-
research. He has authored over sixty books on Judaism and self-                                                                                                 tice in Family Counseling, reaching across all lines of the Jewish
help topics, including several books that used Charles M. Shultz’s                                                                                              community. In his work with the community in Denver, he was
“Peanuts” comic strips to illustrate human interaction and behavior.                                                                                            renowned for his tireless efforts in outreach to the entire Western
    At the JACS 25th anniversary celebration, on March 21, 2004, Rabbi Dr. Twerski gave the keynote address.            Region of the USA. Rabbi Twerski inspires the Ateres Naava seminary students weekly with his
In it he described his special relationship with JACS: “All 12-step programs are wonderful but JACS has a specific      enlightening and unique style of education.
role to play. That became evident to me when a woman in Pittsburgh, Sally, was never able to get more than four             Rabbi Twerski has been able to approach addictive behavior in the Jewish community with a discerning
months of sobriety. I had already been to my first JACS retreat and I said ‘Sally, I want you to go to this retreat.’   mind and an open heart. Over the years, he has helped many using the traditional “Twerski” methods
She came back and told me she sat up all Friday night crying because for the first time in her life, she had heard      of incorporating the development of self esteem and interpersonal skills to create emotionally healthy
her own story. Now, there is no such thing as Jewish alcoholism or Jewish addiction any more than there is Jewish       families. He has Americanized the employment of mussar Jewish ethics and morality with a truly
diabetes. But there is a need to feel that our own story is being told, and that’s the missing ingredient for many
                                                                                                                        profound understanding of 12-step programs.
Jews (in recovery) that JACS uniquely provides!”
                                                                                                                            In 1993, Rabbi Twerski with Rabbi Ilan Feldman accompanied the first JACS trip to Israel. Rabbi Twerski
                                                                                                                        and Ernie Kurtz presented a seminar on “Spirituality and Substance Abuse” at Hebrew University in
                                                                                                                        Jerusalem. Throughout the years, Rabbi Twerski participated in many JACS “Spiritual Day Symposia”
                                             Dr. Benzion Twerski, Ph.D.                                                 and JACS Retreats. He has made himself easily accessible to those in our community who seek knowl-
                                                                                                                        edge and wisdom. Rabbi Twerski’s life experiences, professional training and nonjudgmental caring heart
                                     Dr. Benzion Twerski holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of
                                                                                                                        enable him to identify those distortions of reality (denial) that hinder psychological and moral growth.
                                     Pittsburgh and is currently in private practice in Brooklyn, New York. Dr.
                                                                                                                        For all these reasons, the JACS fellowship honors and loves him.
                                     Twerski has had a longstanding commitment in the Orthodox Jewish
                                     community to assist families struggling with marital problems, and at-risk
                                     youth related to alcohol, drug, gambling, and sex addictions. Dr. Twerski
                                     serves as group facilitator of MASK (Mothers and fathers Aligned Saving
                                                                                                                                                        Journal sponsorships
                                     Kids), Educational Director of Bechiros, Professional Advisory Board
                                     member of JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically dependent persons and Sig-              Platinum Page (includes 1 table:10 dinner seats)                                    $10,000
                                     nificant others), and Professional Advisory Board of Home Sweet Home. He              Gold Page (includes 5 dinner seats)                                                 $5,000
                                     has written articles in many mainstream Jewish media (including Jewish
                                     Press, Jewish Action, Viewpoint, and others) and presented at many confer-            Silver Page ( includes 3 dinner seats)                                              $2,500
                                     ences on addiction and recovery, at Nefesh, American Psychological Associa-           Bronze Page (includes 2 dinner seats)                                               $1,800
                                     tion, American Psychiatric Association, Torah Umesorah, and others.
                                                                                                                           Friends of JACS page (includes 1 dinner seat)                                       $1,000
    A noted expert on youth at risk, he is consulted by leaders in chinuch. He directed an intensive outpatient
program for substance abuse at Trinitas Hospital (formerly Elizabeth General Medical Center) for 13 years.                 Half Page                                                                           $500
    Dr. Twerski is affectionately known as a “JACS Rabbi” for the special affinity he has for and with its members.        Quarter Page                                                                        $250
His creative songwriting skills have produced a body of traditional works often performed by a professional
                                                                                                                           Business Card                                                                       $180
choir. For JACS, Dr. Twerski has devised a satirical look at the foibles of addiction and the joys of recovery,
traditionally sung at JACS Retreats by a pick-up ensemble of our members called the “Codettes.”                            Greeting (names only)                                                               $100
    Benzion Twerski, Ph.D., graduated with a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985.                Dinner (per plate)                                                                  $180
He studied in Yeshivos in Scranton, PA, Baltimore, and Jerusalem. He is one of the leading professionals                   I/we cannot attend the event and have enclosed a tax deductible donation to JACS/JBFCS
for addictions in the Jewish community.                                                                                    in the amount of $

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