By Ken Mitchell
In late May, B’nai Emunah was privileged to have Dr. Michael Saag discuss his book, Positive: One Doctor’s Personal Encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System. An expert on the history on the AIDS crisis, Saag spoke poignantly on how the crisis highlighted the inadequacies of a misguided US healthcare system that is geared more toward political interests than providing rational holistic care.
Saag’s appearance at B’nai Emunah was not his first connection to our community. An entire chapter in his critically acclaimed book is dedicated to Rabbi Cyndie Culpeper – of blessed memory –whose mother, Mary, was also in attendance.
The book talk and signing attracted many shul members as well as guests; the event was co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library and Magnet, a gay men’s health collective that is part of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Also in attendance were other medical professionals who were pioneers in AIDS treatment and research, such Lorna Forbes and Karen Schanche.
The Sisterhood Gift Shop still has copies of Positive available for sale, so be sure to get your copy now – supplies are limtied!