BigMike Gondelman – making a difference everyday!

BigMike Gondelman

 

Meir Leib/ famously known as BigMIKE is a man with a Big Heart, & friendship and work that brings the Midnightrabbi inspires much inspiration

We all need faith in ourselves to be a success like Big Mike!

Big news, the Jerusalem Sober House  headed by Big Mike himself is working wonders!

Read below for more about Big Mike and see the website www.jerusalemsoberhouse.com for more information about the program.

To donate please click here! (please mention Eli sent you in comments thanks)


I am Big Mike , I am a Orthodox man living in Yerushalayim with my wife and 3 small children.

I am a licensed CASAP (Certified Addictions and Substance Abuse Professional) who works as a private therapist with a specialization in drug addiction.

 

I am also available for “crisis intervention” including reccomending ongoing care and rehab to young adults both here in Israel and abroad.
I make myself available to escort young people from Israel to America
to attend rehab. I have worked for and with Yeshivas here in Yerushalayim as a drug counselor
doing private and group therapy on a regular basis. I was also trained
as a kiruv professional in Ohr Lagola through Ohr Somayach in
Yerushalayim. I also learned there as a bachur and avreich for 7 years.

I am an active member of Nefesh Israel, an organization of Orthodox mental health professionals, and I regularly attend their conferences. In my spare time I try to keep up with the young adult population of American and American-Israelis living and learning here in Israel. I am a recovering alcoholic
and drug addict and regularly attend AA and NA meetings where I also
sponsor other members. As a person who has “been there and done that”
I can relate to people going through the same thing in a way that
others cannot. Much of the work that I do is Pikuach Nefesh in it’s
truest form and I feel that it is my life’s work to save people’s
lives.

My Story

I was born on February 19, 1977 in Bayside New York. I am the second of 3 boys and I grew up in a Conservative Jewish household. As a small boy my family moved to Rockland county eventually settling in Suffern, New York, right next to Monsey. As a young teenager I became addicted to alcohol and drugs and continued using them until
I became sober 10 years ago. I was always a “big kid” and by the time I started high school I was 6’4″ and weighed 280 pounds. At 17 I reached my current height of 6’9″. As you can imagine in high school I played football. Everyone thought I would go to the NFL but my addiction prevented me from attaining my goals. At the age of 18 I went to rehab and lived in a halfway house in Arizona briefly, returning home to New York to finish high school. I received a football scholarship for college but only attended for a year, again because I just couldn’t stay sober. After college I worked in various jobs earning money which I spent on drugs until I became involved with AA and NA. In my search for sobriety I had to define my “Higher power” and after looking through every religion I was finally introduced to Orthodox judiasm by a kiruv Rebbetzin. Eventually I decided to go to Israel to learn more and I ended up in Ohr Somayach where on the first day I held up a gemara upside-down and didn’t know the difference. I met my wife a year and a half later and we settled in Yerushalayim where we started a family. Boruch Hashem our children are being raised in a Torah filled environment. My hope is to bring more young people to Torah and a healthy straight life of mitzvahs and gemilus chasodim. As you well realize to run a program like I envision costs quite a bit of money. The need for such a program is obvious and the time is short. We are losing young people by the thousands to substance abuse, assimilation and the feeling that they are not accepted in so called “normal” yeshivas and in the frum community Time is of the essence in bringing these youngsters back to Yiddishkeit and your monetary help is critical. We realize that there are many worthy tzedokahs out there but we as former substance abusers are uniquely suited to be the shluchim to help these people. We trust you will agree and generously help us. Wishing you and your family health and Yiddishe nachas,

If there are any questions see below!

  • Sincerely,
    Big Mike

Contact Information 

0526999878 

+1 845.738.2389 

bigmikeisrael@gmail.com

Please see the website www.jerusalemsoberhouse.com and see if u can make a dream come true!

Please feel free to contact Jerusalemsoberhouse@gmail.com and mention 

Eli Goldsmith sent you. Please contact Eli for sponsorship/donations and info for clients about our great program- umuse613@gmail.com 

Please feel free to contact Eli Goldsmith!
Israel 00972-57-317-5856
Email Eli Goldsmith umuse613@gmail.com

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About Midnightrabbi inspired aka Eli Goldsmith

Eli Goldsmith aka the Midnightrabbi inspired is originally from a well-known family, in the music biz and entertainment industry, from London, has transferred his upbringing and talents to be at the cutting edge of culture and Jewish talent hosting events for many programs. He studied in England at John Lyons School Harrow, Woodhouse College and Sussex University! Continuing his education in Israel, Talmudic Law and group council at Ohr Somayach, Kollel Aiza Birah and Kollel Boston, in Derech Hamelech and Rabbi in 6 well known programs where was named honorably the Midnightrabbi by the beloved students themselves, He has rounded off his outlook with a large breath of wisdom including the "7 habits" from Stephen Covey to become the “10 habits” practical business successful approach. Working as a Consultant in the well-known Charity these past 4 years, the Jaffa Institute and sister program the Bet Shemesh Educational Center is where he honed his talents as office management and consultancy and formed his special bond with many special people worldwide. Recently working as a Consultant and Office manager of UKA United Kashruth Authority with professionalism and Kosher Certification! Currently working as a Councillor at Retorno the LARGEST JEWISH DRUG REHAB center. GOALS - advise people through personal conflicts – relate to peoples different interests/ goals/ ideas, in order to empower them – in touch with current educational issues and visualize positive change and growth – to clearly listen and be supportive to people's needs in a dynamic way. Using his inspirational focus on the good of our generation is available to be consulted for advice and arrange uplifting programs with music and education! OBJECTIVE: To help businesses and individuals by utilizing my extensive life experiences in business, consultancy, education, building and development with astute proficiency to manage projects from concept to completion with solid organization and deep insight. Eli is near Jerusalem with his wife and 6 beautiful children. Contact 00972-57-317-5856 Email - umuse613@gmail.com

15 responses to “BigMike Gondelman – making a difference everyday!”

  1. midnightrabbi says :

    It was great working together and look forward to it again, good days – Thank G-d we have a new program J.S.H. in jTown bs’d

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