At a time when the U.S. is grappling with one of the most lethal public health emergencies in its history — the opioid crisis — lawyer and author Harry Nelson has emerged with a Jewish perspective on the issue. On June 6th, please join him, Beit T'Shuvah Founder and Clinical Director Harriet Rossetto, and Rabbi Jason Weiner for Coffee & Conversation to discuss a Jewish communal response that plans to transform people into leaders by arming them with the awareness, language, and skills to address the crisis at its core. You won’t want to miss this fascinating and timely dialogue!

A light breakfast will be served. Dietary laws observed.

Coffee & Conversation is a quarterly breakfast series hosted by our Community Engagement Strategic Initiative that covers civic issues of the day in an intimate setting.

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Coffee & Conversation: The United States of Opioids
2019 06/06 Coffee and Conversation with Harry Nelson
Thursday, June 06, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Attendees: 1 No Charge


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Harry Nelson is the founder and managing partner of Nelson Hardiman. Beyond his legal expertise, he is known nationally as a thought leader at the intersection of healthcare law and strategy, as evidenced by his work in addressing vexing questions facing the industry. Deeply immersed in healthcare transformation and innovation, he writes and speaks on cutting edge issues and the future of healthcare. He testifies regularly as an expert on healthcare compliance standards, including data privacy, corporate practice of medicine, and other issues.



Harriet Rossetto is the Founder and Clinical Director of Beit T’Shuvah, which has been in existence for over 30 years. Beit T’Shuvah is a residential addiction treatment center, congregation, and an educational institute where life is celebrated and every soul matters. Harriet’s belief that addiction is a malady of the soul requiring spiritual healing inspired her to create a thriving community that supports addicts of all kinds, wherever they are in life. Her greatest reward is witnessing and participating in the miracle of transformation. Her view that everyone is capable of redemption is at the core of why she empowers the residents of Beit T’Shuvah with employment, hiring 90% of her staff from within. Today they are the lifeblood of the organization.

Harriet is a sought-after speaker in synagogues and community groups worldwide. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota and is now a trainer for the National Association of Social Workers, teaching classes about the treatment and philosophy of the “dis-ease” of addiction. Harriet is also an author of the book Sacred Housekeeping: a Spiritual Memoir.



Rabbi Jason Weiner, BCC, serves as the senior rabbi and director of the Cedars-Sinai Spiritual Care Department, where he is responsible for the chaplaincy team and all aspects of spiritual care at Cedars-Sinai. Rabbi Weiner previously served as the assistant rabbi at Young Israel of Century City in West Los Angeles. He has earned two rabbinic ordinations, as well as a master's degree in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University, Chicago, where he is completing a doctorate in clinical bioethics. He has also earned a master's degree in Jewish history from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Weiner has completed four units of clinical pastoral education. He is a board-certified chaplain through Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, and he sits on the board. He is also a member of the Rabbinical Council of America. Rabbi Weiner is a past president of the Southern California Board of Rabbis and has been honored with Rabbinic Leadership Awards from the Orthodox Union and Chai Lifeline.


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