Lakewood, NJ Esti C. was only 14 when she first started using drugs.
In the Orthodox Jewish community of Lakewood, New Jersey, where Cohen grew up, she said it wasn’t difficult to get her hands on pills.
“I went out and asked my friends, ‘Do you know any meds that can help with my anxiety?'” she said. “And they were like, ‘Here, try it.'”
Amudim has been at the forefront of the opioid crisis. What is first being highlighted in the media is nothing new for Amudim. Amudim has been there to help so many people with everything done in a professional and dignified way.
Amudim is run by Zvi Gluck. 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 cellphone 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.
if you or a loved one is facing a crisis call www.Amudim.org hotline at 646-517-0222