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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 recovering addicts find their way in the world. Spiritual Leader, Author, Senior Rabbi, CEO, ex-con, recovering alcoholic, and overall anomaly, he is able to reach both the addict and the congregant, and de-stigmatize this life threatening disease.

As the CEO and Senior Rabbi of Beit T’Shuvah, a nonprofit, non-sectarian, Jewish addiction treatment center and synagogue community in Los Angeles, Rabbi Mark’s leadership is unparalleled. Community members, addicts, educators, dignitaries, and executives all seek his wisdom; a blend of street savvy, and wise rabbinic teachings. When working with people, he is living proof that change is possible; when speaking to the congregant, he stands for the hope that every man has a higher purpose. After being released from prison in 1988 he began his work at Beit T’Shuvah. Over the past twenty-eight years, he has helped co-create one of the most exceptional approaches to addiction treatment and criminal rehabilitation and reintegration in the world.

As his organization has grown, Rabbi Mark’s unique take on addiction treatment (“Addiction is a hole in the soul. It is a spiritual malady that says there is something inherently wrong with you. Recovery is about understanding that You Matter and you are a holy soul.”), has solidified him as an expert and visionary in the field. He co-authored his biography, The Holy Thief: A Conman’s Journey from Darkness to Light (Harper Collins) 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, and he and his wife Harriet Rossetto, Founder and Executive Vice President of Beit T’Shuvah, are the subject of the exclusive art book, Two Broken People created by acclaimed Director and Producer, Jack Bender.

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.

Q WHAT IS SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY?

Spiritual sobriety is very simple. It means I’m no longer going to let my soul get crushed. It means I am not going to give into the assault on my being-ness. Think about how many times we get ‘assaulted’—why didn’t I get this promotion? Why did s/he break up with me? All of these indignities become assaults on us, and we tell ourselves that we are not good enough. Spiritual sobriety says that I am good enough.

Q PRINCIPLES OF SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY

1. I am a unique spark of the Divine. There is no other me

2. My dignity and self worth are my birthright. No one can take these from me without my permission

3. I am neither better or worse than anyone else. We live in a world of comparing and competing. This way of being is Spiritual Death.

4. I am endowed with unique gifts and talents to repair my corner of the world/make it better.

5. Shit happens- I have the choice to react or respond

6. Connection to others, higher self and Creative Force of the universe is essential to my wellbeing

7. The secret of my success is learning how to fail and keep moving forward.

8. I do T’Shuvah/make amends where/when I have harmed another.

9. Pain is essential, suffering is optional.

10. Prayer, study and meditation are essential to my Spiritual Growth.

Q SERVICES

One-on-One Spiritual Counseling
Speaking Engagements
Organizational Coaching
Couples and Family Covenants
Life Cycle Events
Psychological Spiritual Forensic Evaluations

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