Jewish Learning Online (JLO)

Please join the JCCV for the initial offering of Jewish Learning Online (JLO) + virtual Discussion/Q&A.  We pair a video on a topic with a virtual discussion and Q&A lead by JCCV members and friends who are knowledgeable about the subject.  Our first JLO + virtual Discussion/Q&A features a recorded session offered by the American Jewish University on “Eradicating the Stigma of Addiction in the Jewish World.” 

Jewish stigmas around addiction and substance abuse often prevents people from addressing the problem and seeking treatment. Carl Erik Fisher, author of The Urge: Our History of Addiction, provides an authoritative, illuminating and deeply human history of addiction – a baffling and deeply misunderstood phenomenon.  He is joined by AJU’s Rabbi Sherre Hirsch as they discuss how Judaism has addressed addiction and how a more expansive nuanced and compassionate view can help combat this challenge.

To view the video, go to the American Jewish University ‘On Demand’ webpage at the link below.
You will need to sign up and register. Please select Jewish Community Centre of Victoria as your Associated Organization and use the following Promotional Code to view the video for FREE. No credit card needed.
Once registered you will have unlimited viewing for 72 hours.
The Promotional Code to view the video for FREE is available through Friday, March 11th.

On Friday, March 11th at 11:30 am Pacific Time, Susan Mintz, Social Work Therapist; Lucy Nerenberg, Addiction Psychiatrist; Jennie Preuss, Child Psychiatrist (retired); and Larry Gontovnick, Pharmacologist (retired), will lead the discussion and answer your questions virtually. To register for the virtual Discussion/Q&A, click on the link below.

Following this event you will be invited to participate in an online survey to provide us with feedback.

If you have any questions about this program, registering to see the video, or attending the virtual Discussion/Q&A, please email the JCCV at