Lecture remembers addiction expert and Pitt professor Abraham Twerski

The Healthcare and Religion Lecture Series will host a lecture on Jan. 4 about Rabbi Abraham Twerski, a Pitt associate professor emeritus of psychiatry and an international authority on addiction who founded Pittsburgh's Gateway Rehabilitation Center, who died from COVID-19 on Jan. 31, 2021, in Israel.

Rev. Jay Geisler, of the recovery ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, will examine Twerski’s life experience as a psychiatrist, as a man of the ancient Rabbinic Tradition, and as a student of the “12 steps” of addiction recovery. Gateway Rehab is the largest drug rehabilitation and addiction recovery network in the greater Pittsburgh region.

The virtual lecture — “Remembering Rabbi Twerski: A Man of Wisdom and Humor: Healing vs. Curing in Addiction Medicine” — is from 8 to 9 a.m. Jan. 4 and is co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics & Health Law, Department of Religious Studies, Jewish Studies Program, Palliative and Supportive Institute of UPMC, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Registration is required; register here.