Mental Illness, Prisons, and Addictions

Jewish Attention to Mental Illness 
JAMI St. Louis

Jewish Attention to Mental Illness St. Louis
c/o Congregation Neve Shalom
6 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, Mo. 63146
314-222-9864
Rabbi James Stone Goodman Director

Convened by Rabbi James Stone Goodman, Jewish Attention to Mental Illness (JAMI StL) began with a program called Falling Through the Cracks, a series of community forums at Congregation Neve Shalom to secure mental health — and problems occasioned by mental illness. JAMI StL began with a commitment to teaching and embodying the Jewish commitment to community and to the place of the stranger, overcoming the shanda (shame) aspect of mental illness by bringing the stranger into the community with compassion. We teach that there is no one outside the camp — that we are all in the Jewish community tent. It is a big tent and we owe it to those who may not advocate well for themselves to advocate for them. Our goal is to teach by embodying the compassionate values that Judaism extends to all individuals in the big tent approach to Jewish community, overcoming the stigma that attaches to mental illness.

Jewish Prison Outreach 
(JPO)

Jewish Prison Outreach
c/o Congregation Neve Shalom
6 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, Mo. 63146
314-222-9864


Jewish Prison Outreach (JPO) provides educational and religious material to incarcerated individuals in Missouri. Chaplaincy visits are provided to local jails and selected Missouri prison facilities by Rabbi James Stone Goodman. Support for families of incarcerated Jews is offered in the form of open groups two to three times a year. Mentoring teams assist newly released individuals to adjust upon re-entry into the community. Our goal is to address the feelings of isolation and estrangement from the Jewish community often felt by Jewish prisoners and their families. 



Outreach on Addictions: Five Resources  

The Shalvah Program: Outreach on Addictions
Congregation Neve Shalom
6 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, Mo. 63146
314-222-9864
Rabbi James Stone Goodman — Director

Shalvah (“serenity” in Hebrew) is dedicated to teaching the strategies to help individuals, their families, friends and communities work themselves free of the problems associated with addiction. Shalvah teaches an integrated approach, combining spiritual and psychological resources, acting as a bridge between the recovery model and the daily spiritual remedies of Judaism and other traditions. Shalvah was organized in 1998 as a project of Congregation Neve Shalom to claim the healing work of recovery for the synagogue. Shalvah was preceded by Slicha, the St. Louis Information Committee and Hotline on Addiction, an effort organized by Rose Mass and Rabbi Goodman in 1981. Shalvah meets twice a week, every week. The purpose of the meeting is to connect traditional spiritual resources with the 12-Step model.

Saint Louis Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab Facilities offers a listing of 12 Rehab places in Srt. Louis.  

Withdrawal.Net.  Ready to change?   Resources for Withdrawal treatment.

AddictionResource.com who raises awareness of the consequences of addiction and helps communities become drug-free

QuitSmokingCommunity who raises awareness of the consequences of smoking and helps communities become smoke-free .