Author Interview with Dr. Pamela Brewer (MyNDTalk.org)

Eight-year-old Sara Katz huddles under the covers, listening to her parents’ muffled arguments and fighting the sleep that inevitably brings her bad dreams. Is my daddy a good father? Is it my job to fix him? As Josef Katz’ sickness worsens, young Sara is torn apart by her family’s need to keep its “shame” a…

A Jewish Woman Attends Nar-Anon

My father, who suffered from heroin addiction from 1939 until 1963, never felt comfortable following the version of twelve steps he encountered his last year of life in one of the first methadone clinics in New York City, a Harlem storefront directed by Dr. William Baird. I remember my father telling my mother that he…

Association for Jewish Studies Conference

December 18-20, 2016 San Diego, California I will be delivering a talk directly related to “The Fix.”  My talk is entitled “Jewish Attitudes Towards Heroin Addiction: Moral Failing/Disability/Communal Responsibility”.