Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, named one of the fifty leading rabbis in North America by Newsweek, is well known for his inspiring books that bring the Jewish wisdom tradition into everyday life. He is executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, and is author of many books on Jewish spirituality, healing and Jewish religious practice, including Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide to Opportunities, Challenges and Resources; Introducing My Faith and My Community: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide; Jewish Paths toward Healing and Wholeness: A Personal Guide to Dealing with Suffering; Grief in Our Seasons: A Mourner's Kaddish Companion; Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery: A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism&Other Addictions—Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex...; Facing Cancer as a Family; Life's Daily Blessings: Inspiring Reflections on Gratitude for Every Day, Based on Jewish Wisdom; 100 Blessings Every Day: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Affirmations, Exercises for Personal Growth and Renewal Reflecting Seasons of the Jewish Year; and Recovery from Codependance: A Jewish Twelve Step Guide to Healing Your Soul. He is also co-author of Grandparenting Interfaith Grandchildren; Jewish Holidays: A Brief Introduction for Christians; Jewish Ritual: A Brief Introduction for Christians; Renewed Each Day, Vol. One—Genesis and Exodus: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Meditations; Renewed Each Day, Vol. Two—Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Meditations Based on the Bible and co-editor of The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal(all Jewish Lights).
Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is available to speak on the following topics:
- The Jewish Twelve Step Path to Healing and Recovery
- Sparks Beneath the Surface: A Spiritual Read on the Torah
- Welcoming the Stranger in Our Midst
- How to Nurture Jewish Grandchildren Being Raised in an Interfaith Family
- Optimism for a Jewish Future
Aaron Z. is a recovering person who shares his personal insights and experiences with others who seek help. He is active in his synagogue and chairperson of his area's JACS group (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others Foundation).
Sharon M. Strassfeld is co-author of the popular Jewish Catalog series. These innovative "how to" books continue to provide all people with ways to enrich their lives.
Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis is one of the most respected spiritual leaders and teachers of his generation. He has been senior rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom, a synagogue in Encino, California, for more than thirty years and is author of many books, including For Those Who Can't Believe: Overcoming the Obstacles to Faith (HarperCollins).