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Every day is a new day, one day at a time.

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.


Leibish “Big Mike” Gondelman, a founding leader at Jerusalem Sober House, told 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 [email protected] .


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.