Jewish Addiction Community Services Toronto (JACS) Expands Community Support

Jewish Addiction Community Services Toronto (JACS) Expands Community Support

May 2023

JACS Toronto is excited to announce that they have expanded their organization to provide more  comprehensive services for those who are dealing with addiction challenges. Recognizing the increased  need for mental health support since the pandemic, JACS has extended its resources to assist current and future clients and those people who care about them.

As part of this change, JACS is pleased to announce the promotion of Rachel Dahan, RP, CCC, CSAT, to the role of Clinical Director as of May 1st. In this role, Rachel will oversee all aspects of JACS’ clinical practice. Rachel’s depth of clinical training and practice experience will ensure that JACS provides quality, barrier-free care, which will include concurrent treatment of addiction and mental health issues. Rachel will lead a team of clinicians who are experienced in addressing addiction and the frequent mental health challenges that accompany it, for the Jewish community and beyond.

“Rachel is a key component to our expanded operational capability in serving our clients and  community’s needs,” said Ori Goldstein, President & CEO of JACS Toronto. “Rachel’s promotion will  further enhance our clinical offering, and continue to ensure our clients receive the best care we can  give them through our JACS staff.” 

Rachel first began her journey with JACS in 2006 as a volunteer with the Young Adults Support Group. While completing her post-secondary education, Rachel joined JACS’ staff as a placement student in 2018. Since then, she has gained years of experience working in the addiction and mental health field in  various treatment settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and private practice roles. In 2022, Rachel rejoined JACS as the Assistant Clinical Director. 

In addition to Rachel’s appointment, JACS is further investing in providing clients with support by appointing Jay Pasternack to the role of Director of Community Development. Jay has been an invaluable  part of the JACS leadership team for over a decade and will now focus on our relationships with  treatment centres, rehabilitation facilities, and other clinical practices in the addiction world. This will allow JACS to stay at the leading edge of developments in addiction treatment and help clients in  navigating the complexity of additional service offerings. 


Jewish Addiction Community Services (JACS) is a registered charity, and is Toronto’s only substance use  and addiction organization with a Jewish lens, offering support for the Jewish community and beyond. Our mission is to deliver unified education, programming, care, and support to all those affected by  addiction and associated mental health. 

“All those affected by addition” includes family members, friends or anyone in a support network who  cares for a loved one with substance or behavioral addiction, and who seeks resources to support them. “And beyond” includes all individuals regardless of their background or belief. We offer barrier-free  access to our programs and services for anyone who needs them. There is no waitlist to meet with a clinician for individual or family counseling, which is offered at a reduced fee or free of charge for those  with financial limitations, and all support groups and outreach workshops are free to attend. Learn more about JACS at: www.jacstoronto.org