Communities Confronting Substance Abuse, Inc.
A New Jersey Not-for-Profit Corporation
Lianne and Etiel are the proud parents of a daughter who is in recovery from addiction. With the support and encouragement of their daughter and other children, on April, 22, 2018, they brought their daughter's and family's situation to light at an awareness and education event in Teaneck which drew approximately 700 people from their immediate area. Due to the incredible support they experienced from their community, and based on direct feedback from that evening, the Formans began three major initiatives:
Support Group: Establishing a local support group for family members of loved ones struggling with addiction or substance abuse. The group is free of charge and meets regularly every other Wednesday, and is facilitated by professionals who specialize in addiction.
School Initiatives: Focusing on initiatives in the local Yeshiva day and high schools around social and emotional wellness curricula, parent and student programming, faculty training and education, and working in conjunction with local prevention experts and the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.
Events & Programs: Organizing additional educational and awareness events and programming, such as the one most recently held on May 5, 2019 in Teaneck, NJ about removing the stigma from, and understanding mental health and addiction and its impact on us as a community. Read here about our upcoming symposium on mental health and addiction being held on May 10, 2020.
In addition to these initiatives, the Formans have addressed various audiences including:
Faculty training sessions held at several yeshiva middle and high schools
Student and parent programming held at yeshiva middle and high schools
Yeshiva University's Rebbetzins Yarchei Kallah Conference
Rabbinical Council of Bergen County
Students at the College of Staten Island, CUNY
Through their family's struggles they have channeled their efforts towards creating greater community awareness around substance abuse and addiction issues, and plan to continue their work on education and prevention through their charitable organization, CCSA.
Meet Our Founders
is an attorney by training and the mother of five (and grandmother of one). She continues to work for Moskowitz & Book, LLP, as a corporate and employment lawyer, while pursuing her passion to build and grow an organization that will continue her and her husband's work around substance abuse and addiction education, awareness and prevention.
is a 25+ year Teaneck, NJ resident, and serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Duff & Phelps, a global financial advisory firm. Etiel and his wife, Lianne, are proud parents of five children (and grandparents of one grandson) and are deeply committed to the cause that they and their family have embarked upon and to continuing their efforts in this area.
Meet Our Advisory Board
Dr. Aliza Frohlich
Dr. Frohlich is the Director of Guidance at Yavneh Academy Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey. Dr. Frohlich has a doctorate in School and Child Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University's Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, a Masters degree and Specialist’s Certificate in School Psychology from Queens College, a Master’s degree in Jewish Education from YU's Azrieli Graduate Institute, and a Judaic teaching certification from the Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women. She is the President of the Yeshiva Counseling Network, an organization of psychologists and counselors in Yeshivot of the Metropolitan area.
Lesley Gabel, CPS
Ms. Gabel is the Co-CEO at Prevention Resources (PR), a nonprofit agency covering Hunterdon, Somerset and Monmouth Counties. Ms. Gabel graduated with a Marketing degree from Hofstra University in 1988. She joined the PR team in 2009 to direct the federal Drug Free Communities grant program through the Safe Communities Coalition. She helped develop a nationally recognized coalition called “One Voice,” and, in partnership with the prosecutor’s office, Ms. Gabel has also been one of the leaders in developing an adolescent diversion program. Ms. Gabel has received several local and national leadership awards, and she has been a frequent speaker at federal and state prevention conferences on drug and alcohol misuse.
Rabbi Zvi Gluck
As the son of Rabbi Edgar Gluck, Rabbi Zvi Gluck grew up in a home where public service was paramount. By the time he was 19, Rabbi Gluck was involved in a Brooklyn drop-in center for victims of abuse and addiction, and later certified as a paramedic. He became the chaplain for the Port Authority Police of NY/NJ. Rabbi Gluck founded Amudim Community Resources in 2014, and Amudim is now fielding thousands of phone calls from people in crisis, providing comprehensive clinical case management, support and services, and promoting education and awareness through Narcan trainings with the NYPD and community “Awareness” events.
Dr. Frances Rudnick Levin, MD
Dr. Levin is the Kennedy-Leavy Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and the Chief of the Division on Substance Use Disorders at NYSPI/Columbia. For over 20 years, she has been the Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program at NY Presbyterian; for the past 14 years, she has been the PI of a Substance Abuse Research Fellowship. Dr. Levin graduated from Cornell University Medical College and completed her psychiatric residency at NY Hospital-Payne Whitney Clinic. She is Medical Director of both a SAMHSA-supported national training and mentoring initiative focused on addressing the opioid epidemic, as well as a State Targeted Response technical assistance grant to states that received funding.
Rabbi Larry Rothwachs
Rabbi Larry Rothwachs has served as rabbi at Congregation Beth Aaron in Teaneck, NJ since August 2002. Rabbi Rothwachs is a graduate of Yeshiva College, the Azrieli School of Jewish Education, and received his semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. From 1998 through 2016, Rabbi Rothwachs taught Talmud at Yeshiva University High School for Boys and the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey and he currently serves as head rabbi of Camp Morasha. In April 2016, he was appointed Director of Professional Rabbinics at RIETS at Yeshiva University.
Dr. Matisyahu Shulman, MD
Dr. Shulman is a board certified general and addiction psychiatrist and a research fellow at Columbia University Medical Center. His research focus is on opioid use disorder treatment and talk therapy for substance use disorders. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the topics of addiction and general psychiatric treatment. He attended New Jersey Medical School and completed a general psychiatry residency at Northwell Health Hospital System, and an addiction psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University.
Shelley Stuart, CHES
Shelley Stuart served as the Director of Coalition and Community Services at the Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources in Fair Lawn, NJ. She has a degree in Public Health, and began her prevention career as the coordinator of a regional tobacco grant in Sussex County and transitioned into Coordinated School Health where she planned and implemented youth leadership trainings and worked with middle and high schools. At BCPC, she oversaw the Garfield Prevention Coalition, which is a Drug-Free Communities grantee, as well as the Bergen County Prevention Coalition, a Regional Coalition.
Lisa Twerski, LCSW
Lisa Twerski received her MSW from NYU in 1990. After graduating, she worked first as staff, and then as a Program Director for Victim Services (now Safe Horizons) providing long-term therapy to adult survivors of rape, incest, child sexual abuse and domestic violence. In 1995, Mrs. Twerski started Brairot, a batterers intervention project for men in the Orthodox Jewish community who had been arrested for domestic violence. Currently, Mrs. Twerski is in private practice in Brooklyn, NY, and is on the Executive Board of NEFESH). She lectures on marriage, domestic abuse and prevention, and has also developed a course in pastoral counseling. In 2011, she published a book entitled, I’m So Confused, Am I Being Abused? Guidance for the Orthodox Jewish Spouse and Those Who Are Trying to Help.
Dr. Rayzel Yaish
Dr. Yaish received her Ph.D. In Clinical Health Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Dr. Yaish is the Director of Guidance at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls. She maintains a private practice in NY and NJ, has worked as Head Counselor both at Camp HASC and Camp Simcha, and consults and presents workshops for local and national organizations.