by Rick Adelman - World Jewish Digest

Images of a jittery addict loading up a crack pipe or an alcoholic coaxing the final precious drops from a bottle of vodka may not normally be associated with Jews. But in South Palm Beach County, Rabbi Meir Kessler sees many Jews engaged in daily hand-to-hand combat with the forces that destroy lives and shatter families.

Despite his lack of formal training in the addiction field, Kessler is committed to making the addict's fight a little easier through the Jewish Recovery Center (JRC) he launched two years ago. Operating under the umbrella of the Chabad of Boca Raton, the JRC operates a women's halfway house for up to six residents who are out of rehab and transitioning back into society. Kessler plans to establish a men's halfway house in the next few months and also rent a storefront in Boca Raton to serve as the JRC headquarters, which now operates out of the Chabad.

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