Battling addiction in Orthodox Jewish community means breaking through silence

Rabbi Zvi Gluck addressing large crowd at an Amudim awareness event.

Rabbi Zvi Gluck started Amudim, a crisis support organization, in hopes of tackling the stigma around addiction. He says the change since then has been monumental: “It went from everything being hush-hush under the carpet to people finally saying, ‘This is real. Let’s get people the help that they need.’”

Rabbi Zvi Gluck was born to help others. Growing up in the home of his father, the illustrious Rabbi Edgar Gluck, Zvi witnessed the extent that one must go to support those in crisis and guide them to success. But perhaps the greatest lesson he learned from his father is the famous dictum of Pirkei Avos: “B’makom sh’ein bo anashim, hishtadel lehiyos ish” — in a place where there are no leaders, you be the leader.

At the age of 15, Zvi saw a need that was not being met. Children who had lost parents to cancer were not receiving the bereavement services they desperately needed. So Zvi founded the National Cancer Bereavement Foundation to ensure that those vital services would be provided. Once larger, more established organizations saw the need and began addressing it themselves, Zvi stepped out because, it’s not about who gets the credit, it’s about whether those in crisis are getting the assistance they need. For 14 years, Zvi’s cell phone number has been on the speed dial of community leaders, rabbis, politicians and anyone involved in community support. His phone rings 24/7: arrests, overdoses, suicide, sexual abuse, and diplomatic issues.

A handful of community leaders recognized the value of Zvi’s work and saw that for every person Zvi assisted, dozens more benefited; when you help those in crisis, you also benefit their family, friends, and community. These leaders realized that the issues facing our community are far too large for one man to combat and must be addressed with a united front backed by an organizational structure and the resources necessary to respond quickly and properly. Amudim was formed to ensure that any Jew facing a crisis is provided with the assistance and guidance he needs in the most professional, knowledgeable and caring manner.

This past summer there was a major AMUDIM campaign. The campaign is never over. Every dollar you give to this incredible organization helps a person in need.

Many people said they are only alive because of the professional help, a listening ear, caring by Rabbi Zvi Gluck and Amudim.  Your donation is guaranteed to help others in need.  You will never regret giving money to this worthy cause.  In the merit of your giving, you and your close friends and family should never need their services.


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