About The JRC

The Jewish Recovery Center is as a key resource for Jewish addicts in recovery, their families and the recovering Jewish community in Palm Beach County. Located in the ‘Mecca for Recovery’ for the United States, the JRC has close working relationships with leading programs and addiction experts, providing a vital link for those seeking treatment in south Florida.  We offer referrals, screenings and emergency placement for detox, as well as aftercare management including our sober house for those completing in-patient treatment.

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Parsha Recovery of the Week

Chukas

In this portion, the Israelites complain that they have no water. Hashem tells Moses to order a rock to give water. Because in a previous episode, Hashem told Moses to hit the rock with his rod, Moses did so again. Hashem told Moses that he forfeited the right to enter Canaan with his people.

Rambam says that Moses’ sin was not hitting the rock, but rather that he lost control of his anger and called the Israelites “rebellious.” Losing control over one’s anger is a serious violation, which the Talmud equates with idolatry.

We cannot help feeling anger when provoked, but we should at all times avoid going into rage. The Talmud says that when a person is in rage, one’s judgment is distorted, and “all the forces of hell dominate him.”

I a letter to his son, Ramban counsels him to avoid rage, because controlling one’s anger leads to development of fine character traits.

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The disease of addiction is a relentless foe. It ruins lives, shatters families and crushes dreams. For years, the Jewish community was reluctant to admit that addiction even existed among Jews. The painful truth, though, is that Jews are as susceptible to addiction as anyone. Acknowledging the problem is the first step to finding a solution.

The Jewish Recovery Center is as a key resource for Jewish addicts in recovery, their families and the recovering Jewish community in Palm Beach County. Located in the ‘Mecca for Recovery’ for the United States, the JRC has close working relationships with leading programs and addiction experts, providing a vital link for those seeking treatment in south Florida. We offer referrals, screenings and emergency placement for detox, as well as aftercare management including our sober house for those completing in-patient treatment.

JRC Director Rabbi Meir Kessler also serves as spiritual adviser to top treatment providers gaining ready access to executives and clinical staff for all issues concerning the Jewish addict, from rapid intervention to discharge planning and aftercare management. The JRC is committed to ensure that all Jews who need recovery are given the opportunity and resources, as well as guiding family members on their parallel journey.

Through our programs, we maintain a strong presence in the Jewish recovery community offering all a chance to experience the fusion of Jewish values, heritage, traditions and culture within the 12-step programs of recovery. Through our activities, events and workshops, we bring Torah and fellowship to Jews in recovery through continued support and fellowship.

  • Holiday and Shabbos dinners
  • Lecture Series by world renown spiritual leaders
  • Spiritual Retreats with members of Jewish recovery community
  • Support groups for alumni and parents
  • Group outings for sports and cultural events

Our continuing goal is to provide Jewish alcoholics and addicts a welcoming and confidential environment in which they can pursue their recovery and benefit from spiritual fellowship and camaraderie.