First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery
COMMUNITY GRATITUDE LUNCHEON
First Call’s Annual Community Gratitude Luncheon celebrates those who work tirelessly to reduce to reduce the stigma often associated with substance use disorders by recognizing champions who have developed new, research-based treatment strategies; volunteered their time; donated their dollars; and advocated for public policy changes. The keynote speaker at this year's event, scheduled for Monday, April 13th, 2015, is Rabbi Mark Borovitz, COO and Head Rabbi of Beit T'Shuvah, a residential treatment center in Los Angeles.
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Rabbi Mark Borovitz
Officially ordained ten years ago 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 recovering addicts find their way in the world. Spiritual Leader, Head Rabbi, COO, and overall anomaly, he is able to reach both the addict and the congregant, and de-stigmatize this life threatening disease.
Rabbi Mark's leadership is unparalleled. Community members, addicts, educators, dignitaries, and executives all seek his wisdom; a blend of acute savvy and rabbinic teachings. When working with residents, he is living proof that change is possible; when speaking to the congregant, he stands for hope that every man has a higher purpose.
In early 2004, Rabbi Mark was one of seven people invited to a round table discussion with President George W. Bush about faith and recovery. The Rabbi was also mentioned in President Bush's speech before the first conference on Faith-Based Initiatives. He has been the featured speaker at many seminars discussing spirituality and recovery, including CASA at Columbia University and Spirituality Day at Northwestern University.
As the organization has grown, the Rabbi's unique take on addiction treatment ("Addiction is a hole in the soul. It is a spiritual malady that says there is something wrong. Recovery is about I Matter and I'm a holy soul."), has solidified him as an expert and forerunner in the field. He co-authored his biography, The Holy Thief for which the rights were recently optioned. The story of Mark Borovitz and his work is also featured in a chapter of the book, Stalking Elijah by Roger Kamenetz. Rabbi Mark has been featured in articles in the Los Angeles Times, Moment Magazine, The Jewish Journal, The Wall Street Journal and newspapers across the world, including Israel's largest publication, Haaretz Daily Newspaper. Rabbi Mark Borovitz's tireless efforts have been the driving force behind the 25-year and growing movement that is Beit T'Shuvah.