Her family adheres to the kosher dietary laws and observes the Sabbath.
But the opiate epidemic raging across the country has seeped into nearly every community, and the Orthodox population is not immune. Applications to kosher drug rehab are soaring, Narcan is being carried by Hatzalah ambulances, which serve Jewish neighborhoods, and rabbis are being trained to deal with addiction.
"We might have been able to get resources and help quicker, but there just wasn't any dialogue or information available from other parents," he said. The Formans are coming forward to share their story at a forum on addiction Sunday night at Torah Academy of Bergen County in Teaneck.
A panel of experts, including a clinician, a rabbi and a recovering addict, will discuss how the Orthodox community can better respond to the scourge of addiction.
"People need to hear that they are not alone, that this not your fault, this is not because of your parenting," said Etiel.