Resource List

This list of resources, while far from comprehensive, includes some of the major US-based organizations dedicated to assisting at-risk youth and their families.

Aish Tamid of Los Angeles
9505 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (323) 634-0505
Fax: (310) 634-0106
Rabbi Avi Leibovic, founder and executive director
Jay Greenberger, clinical director of adolescent aervices

Aish Tamid of Los Angeles provides a nurturing environment for young adults, enabling them to develop emotionally, spiritually and intellectually within a Jewish context. Pardes Academy, a division of Aish Tamid, is an alternative high school program for boys who are engaged in risky behavior and who may benefit from a more individualized and intimate program.

20 Briarcliff Drive, Monsey, NY 10952
Phone: (845) 371-2760
Fax: (845) 371-2741
Rabbi Shmuel Gluck, director

Areivim offers numerous programs for at-risk youth including yeshivah placements, traveling camps for both boys and girls, mentoring and crisis intervention.

395 Pearsall Ave, Cedarhurst, NY 11516
Phone: (516) 371-3250
Rabbi Dov Silver, executive director

Madraigos offers a recreation center for teens, crisis intervention and referral services, a morning learning progrm, and holiday retreats and Shabbatons.It also provides resources for similar organizations worldwide.

MASK: Mothers and Fathers Aligned Saving Kids
2566 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: (718) 758-0400, confidential hotline from 10 AM-10 PM
Fax: (718) 758-9515
Ruchama Bistritzky-Clapman, founder and executive director
Esther Gewirtzman, helpline coordinator

Mask offers a confidential hotline, support groups and prevention and awareness programs. MASK’s helpline refers callers to professionals programs that will best meet the caller’s needs.

P.O. Box 486, Cedarhurst, NY 11516
Phone: (516) 295-5700
Fax: (516) 295-5737
Rabbi Shaya Cohen, founder

At the forefront of innovative programs in Jewish education, Priority-1 provides seminars in at-risk prevention for parents and teachers across the country. Priority-1’s alternative high school has been turning around the lives of at-risk adolescents for more than a decade.

Project Chazon
731 Montauk Court, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone: (718) 648-4555
Rabbi Daniel Mechanic, director

Project Chazon provides individual counseling and mentoring to hundreds of young men and women in crisis.In addition, Project Chazon’s staff presents hashkafah seminars on the yesodei haemunah, the foundations of faith, to yeshivah students and teachers throughout the United States, Canada and England.

Transition (Mike’s Place)
P.O. Box 81571, Pittsburg, PA 15217
Phone: (412) 203-1388
Fax: (724) 378-2284
Michael Pasternak, director

A recovery facility for young Jewish men, Transition follows the Twelve-Step model for recovery and is based on a strong foundation of Jewish thought. Clients have regular contact with counselors and religious leaders, and are given the opportunity to deal with life’s issues in a manner that best helps them in the road to recovery.

This article was featured in the Fall 2008 issue of Jewish Action.