Developing Awareness of Chemical Use in the Jewish Community

By Bruce Friedman

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), December 1980

Historically Jews have not been strangers to the use of alcohol and drugs, as is attested by references in the Bible and their use has never been of much concern to the Jewish people. The concept of drunkenness is foreign to Jewish belief, as exemplified in Yiddish songs such as "Shikker is a Goy [A drunkard is a non-Jew]." Not until recently has the Jewish community begun to recognize that there is a problem relating to the Jew and alcohol and drug use. Parts of the community are denying that a problem exists. It is time to begin to raise the consciousness of the Jewish community as to the effects of these chemicals upon the individual and the family.


Topic: Rabbinic Counseling, Substance Abuse, Jewish Organizations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol.57/No.2

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Minnesota , United States

Language: English

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Friedman, Bruce. Developing Awareness of Chemical Use in the Jewish Community. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). December 1980: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=1579


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