HARRIET ROSSETTO is the Founder and Clinical of Beit T’Shuvah, a long-term nonprofit residential treatment center and educational institution in Los Angeles. Her belief that addiction is a malady of the soul inspired her to create a community that for over 30 years has supported the process of recovery through spiritual healing. She has received praise for her work by The Obama administration who selected her as an Advocate for Action, a national role model for her unique approach to addiction prevention and called on her to advise on national drug control policy. The Bush administration recognized her work with recovering Jewish participants experiencing addiction as an example of why the government should support faith based efforts. Harriet’s been honored with the Alan Kassin award for professional achievement from the Jewish Communal Professionals, the Vision Philanthropy Award, and the Isaiah Award from the Jewish Federation for filling an unmet community need. Rossetto has also chronicled her own story in Sacred Housekeeping: A Spiritual Memoir.
Officially ordained in 2000 at the University of Judaism with a Master’s in Rabbinic Literature, RABBI MARK BOROVITZ combined his knowledge of Torah and street smarts to shape his calling: helping participants in recovery find their way in the world. After being released from prison in 1988 he began his work at Beit T’Shuvah, a nonprofit, non-sectarian, Jewish addiction treatment center and synagogue community in Los Angeles. Over the past three decades, he has co-created one of the most exceptional approaches to addiction treatment and criminal rehabilitation and reintegration in the world. Rabbi Mark Borovitz currently serves as the Founding Rabbi at Beit T’Shuvah and he has been featured in articles in the Los Angeles Times, Moment Magazine, the Jewish Journal, the Wall Street Journal and Israel’s Haaretz.
He was also invited by President George W. Bush to participate in a presidential roundtable on faith and recovery. He has been the featured speaker at many seminars and lectures discussing spirituality and recovery, including CASA at Columbia University and Spirituality Day at Northwestern University, and more recently spoke alongside Susannah Heschel at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City. Rabbi Mark is also placed on the faculty of the Spirituality Mind Body Summer Institute for Teachers College at Columbia University. Rabbi Mark Borovitz’s tireless efforts have been the driving force behind not only, the robust and growing movement that is Beit T’Shuvah, but also re-defining the recovery model and helping all people, both in recovery and not, find their path to wholeness.