Greenwich Time: JCC Greenwich to continue discussion on addiction this June

Published Thursday, May 25, 2017
by Jennifer Turiano

GREENWICH — As a companion event to the book talk JCC Greenwich hosted in March, the organization is collaborating with other town groups to talk about addiction.

At 7:30 p.m. on June 15, Rabbi Mark Borovitz and Harriet Rossetto will speak at JCC Greenwich, 1 Holly Hill Lane. Both come from a Los Angeles addiction treatment center, Beit T’shuvah, where Borovitz is senior rabbi and CEO, and Rossetto is founder and executive vice president. The center is the first residential program in the United States to integrate Judaism, 12 steps and psychotherapy.


“As a Jewish social service agency,” said Lisa Loraine Smith, executive director of Jewish Family Services, “we wanted to bring the leaders of Beit T’shuvah to the Greenwich community because of their unique way of looking at addiction - through the lens of Jewish wisdom, tradition, and compassion.”


The upcoming event, “You Don’t Have to be an Addict to be in Recovery,” piggybacks off the book talk held in late March with Lisa Smith, author of “Girls Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir,” where Smith spoke about recovering from her secret alcoholism and cocaine addiction as a lawyer in New York City. Her message focused on removing the stigma and stereotypes from addiction and creating an open, supportive environment.

“Addiction is a pressing issue not only in America, but in Connecticut,” said Pam Ehrenkranz, CEO of UJA and JCC Greenwich. “So just for the educational value, (it’s important). In addition, there is a silence imposed by shame that we would like to break through — and offer people hope at the same time.’


JCC Greenwich collaborated with UJA Greenwich, Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich and Liberation Programs Inc. to bring the speakers to town.

Tickets to the event are $10 and can be purchased online at the JCC Greenwich website: or by calling the center: 203-552-1818.