Recovery group lauds volunteer

Recovery group lauds volunteer

Ricki Ellen Gorman

Ricki Ellen Gorman of Cresskill received the Peer Excellence award from JACS (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and Significant Others) at its 70th retreat gala, “Celebrate our JACS Volunteers,” on November 1.

For 35 years, JACS has been a support network for Jews in recovery and the people who love them. JACS volunteers work closely with its staff to provide opportunities including outreach, a speakers bureau, crisis consultation, retreats, spiritual days, sober Jewish holiday celebrations, and sober Birthright tours.

Ms. Gorman was honored for her volunteerism. She attended her first JACS retreat in May 1995, where she became involved as a volunteer. She created the JACS auction at retreats, co-chaired retreats, and became a member, secretary, and vice president of the JACS Council. She is part of the speakers bureau, attended teen retreats, and was on the editorial committee of “Jewish Sisters in Sobriety,” a book of Jewish women’s stories of alcoholism, drug addiction, co-dependence, and recovery.

For information, call the JACS office at (212) 632-4600. Messages will be forwarded to Ms. Gorman with confidentially and anonymity.

A local Jewish Twelve Step/JACS group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson, 1485 Teaneck Road, in Teaneck. The meeting is open to all Jews who want to get help with their own or a loved one’s addiction. Meetings focus on issues of alcoholism, chemical dependency, and co-dependency as they relate to Judaism and spirituality. The group is nondenominational, and anonymity is respected. For information call Ira at (201) 837-9090 or

Donations (with retreat gala in the subject line) can be sent to JBFCS/JACS, 135 W 50th St., Sixth Floor, New York, NY, 10020.

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