We Need to Talk About Addiction

Hosted by We Need to Talk

Panel Discussion

  • Wed, Aug 31
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
  • The Berman Center For The Performing Arts


Please join us for a candid look at substance abuse in the Jewish community. 

Like society at large, Jewish families are grappling with how to understand, face and live with addiction.  

A panel of community advocates will share stories and insights that explore the devastating impact of addiction and the path to recovery.  

Everyone 13+ is welcome to attend. Addiction help resource fair and kosher refreshments will follow the panel. The panel portion of the event will also be live-streamed on Zoom.

Learn more about addiction in our community, find recovery resources and have your most pressing questions answered.  

Note: For those that are attending virtually, we will be emailing you a zoom link 48 hours prior to the event. 

Our Panelists: 

Sam Dubin, Moderator 

Sam Dubin is Assistant Director of JCRC/ AJC and serves as a vice president of NEXTGen Detroit. He is also the creator/co-host of the FedRadioDetroit Podcast and established NEXTGen Detroit Pride

Lisa Daniels-Goldman, Co-Founder & Trustee, Jamie Daniels Foundation 

After her son Jamie’s overdose death in 2016, Lisa co-founded the Jaime Daniels Foundation to focus her time and energy on the opioid crisis. She has shared her experience in front of numerous audiences, including the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Lisa Kaplan, Program Coordinator of Maplegrove Community Education, Henry Ford Health 

Lisa Kaplan, LMSW, CAADC, ACSW, has been in the addiction field since 1993. She runs the Community Education Department and serves as part of the clinical treatment team at Henry Ford Health System’s Maplegrove Center in West Bloomfield. 

Sue Berlin, Community Activist 

When her son Zach passed away in 2020 from an accidental overdose, his struggle with addiction gave Sue insight into the difficult world of recovery and what families go through to find the right treatment for their loved ones. She shares her heartbreaking story in the hopes it will help others find their way. 

Brian Abel, Recovering Addict 

Brian is a grateful, recovering addict with 6+ years of continuous sobriety. He is a living testament that there can be positive life after addiction and enjoys sharing his story to bring hope to others still suffering. 


This event is generously sponsored by the Jamie Daniels Foundation and We Need to Talk.  

Event Partners: 

The Daniel B. Sobel Friendship House 

Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit 

Jewish Addiction Resource Alliance (JARA) 


  • The Berman Center For The Performing Arts
    6600 W Maple Rd
    West Bloomfield Township, MI, 48322, United States of America
Organized By

Point of Contact

Julia Cohen