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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Rededicating our individual Sanctuary

The festival of Chanukah which we celebrate this week, was instituted to celebrate and commemorate the liberation and re dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem, from the Greek conquerors. While under Greek control, the Temple was looted, non Kosher animals were sacrificed on the altar, the Temples holy vessels were defiled and idols were erected in its midst. As soon as the Jews reentered the Temple, they set about cleansing it from the idols, a new altar was built in place of the polluted one, and new vessels were made to replace the defiled ones. The temple was then re dedicated, and a festival called Chanukah which is derived from the word “chanach”which means to dedicate, in Hebrew, was established .

The story and meaning of Chanukah is analogous to the story of each and every one of us in recovery. Our bodies and our humanity are likened to the temple, as we read in Exodus 25-8: G-D commands Moses to tell the Jews: “They shall make me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them.” The commentators explain, that G-D is instructing each and every one of us individually, to become a mini temple, a pure vessel  that is worthy of Divine dwelling. The Greeks are likened to our addictions, which upon coming in contact with our bodies and our souls, create destruction, defilement and pollution rendering us unfit and unworthy of Divine dwelling and blessing. The festival of Chanukah celebrates the victory of light over darkness, of truth over falsehood, of purity over defilement. Chanukah is a time for us to redouble our efforts, to cleanse and re dedicate our own individual temple so that we can  each be a human sanctuary, worthy of being a dwelling place for the Divine.

Shabbat Shalom & Happy Chanukah,

Rabbi Meir Kessler

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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.