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After a brace of years together, the Jerusalem Sober House announced this week it is bidding farewell to Rabbi Raphael Salber and starting a “new era” in implementing a “12 Step Oriented Treatment Program” for alcohol and drug addiction.

The House, which serves as a step-down for addicts who are newly in recovery from alcohol and other substance addiction, has been in existence for several years.

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Leibish “Big Mike” Gondelman, a founding leader at Jerusalem Sober House, told JewishPress.com he is proud of the programs JSH has put together in the past year, among them a recent special evening with Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski.

“We are already creating new treatment programs that center on group therapy and fold in one-on-one personal counseling and therapy sessions,” Gondelman said.

David “Dallas” Margolies is the newest arrival on the staff, he added, bringing his experience running and volunteering with at-risk youth programs in Texas, California, New York and Israel.

Gondelman said his wife, Tatiana has taken over day-to-day operations and business management of JSH “so I can focus on what hundreds of recovering addicts know to be true — the crucial importance of saving lives.”

Jerusalem Sober House is a nonprofit organization located in Jerusalem. For more information, email info@jerusalemsoberhouse.com .

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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