Rabbi Mark Borovitz
Ex-con and recovering alcoholic turned spiritual leader at LA-based addiction treatment and recovery center, Beit T’Shuvah.
Spiritual leader, author, CEO, ex-con, recovering alcoholic and overall anomaly, are all attributes that describe Rabbi Mark Borovitz. As the 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 applying ancient teachings to contemporary life. With his combined knowledge of the streets and the Torah, Rabbi Mark discovered his true calling – helping recovering addicts find their way in the world. With first-hand experience in his own redemption, he is able to reach both the addict and the congregant to de-stigmatize this life threatening disease.
After being released from prison in 1988 he began his work at Beit T’Shuvah. Over the past 28 years, he has helped co-create one of the most exceptional approaches to addiction treatment, criminal rehabilitation and reintegration in the world. Borovitz was officially ordained in 2000 at the University of Judaism with a Master’s in Rabbinic Literature. In early 2004, Rabbi Mark was invited to a round table discussion with President George W. Bush about faith and recovery. The Rabbi is a highly sought-after feature speaker at many seminars all across the nation discussing spirituality and recovery, including CASA at Columbia University and Spirituality Day at Northwestern University.
Rabbi Mark has been featured in top tier media articles like the Los Angeles Times, Moment Magazine, The Jewish Journal, The Wall Street Journal and newspapers across the world. He co-authored his biography, The Holy Thief: A Conman’s Journey from Darkness to Light for which the rights were recently optioned, and just released his newest book, Finding Recovery and Yourself in Torah: A Daily Spiritual Path to Wholeness (Jewish Lights Publishing) in March 2016.
The discovery of Rabbi Mark’s life’s passion have fueled his tireless efforts for saving lives, and has been the driving force behind Beit T’Shuvah and its robust and growing movement.