The Shalvah Program: Outreach on Addictions

Address: c/o Congregation Neve Shalom, 5020 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63108 | Phone: 314-222-9864 | Email: [email protected]

Rabbi James Stone Goodman, Director

Shalvah (“serenity” in Hebrew) is dedicated to teaching strategies to help individuals, their families, friends and communities work themselves free of the problems associated with addiction. Shalvah teaches an integrated approach, combining spiritual and psychological resources, acting as a bridge between the recovery model and the daily spiritual remedies of Judaism and other traditions.

Shalvah was organized in 1998 as a project of Congregation Neve Shalom to claim the healing work of recovery for the synagogue. Shalvah was preceded by Slicha, the St. Louis Information Committee and Hotline on Addiction, an effort organized by Rose Mass and Rabbi Goodman in 1981. 

Shalvah meets twice a week: Thursday evening at Neve Shalom (6 Millstone Campus Drive) and Monday evening at Central Reform Congregation (5020 Waterman Blvd.). The purpose of the meeting is to connect traditional spiritual resources with the 12-Step model. Confidentiality is always respected.