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By Matthew Greenwald 2013 was one of the most eventful years in Beit T’Shuvah history, marked by tremendous growth, unity, and the strengthening of our overall mission. While the construction of our new temple and the Elaine Breslow Institute dominated the year, we also achieved several other milestones. Here’s a list of the top 10 moments of 2013: Construction- The construction of our new building next door commenced. In conjunction with this, our main building was radically renovated. The bridge connecting the east and west ends of our facility was torn down in concurrence with the overall makeover and the new Synagogue next door. The bridge had a long and colorful history at Beit T’Shuvah, to say the least. Shirley’s Patio, long known as a place for residents to congregate, was completely … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beit T'Shuvah, Community, Current Events, Education, Family Wellness, Featured, Judaism, Mark Borovitz, Sobriety, Spirituality, T'Shuvah

Judaism and The Arts: Freedom Song Update

  In writing our Judaism and the Arts blog we didn’t need to look far to find the perfect topic for our next post. Beit T’Shuvah’s very own creation, Freedom Song, has been exploring performance art as a way to engage audiences with the relatable feelings of addiction, family dysfunction, and personal slavery in a side-by-side musical presentation of an A.A. meeting and a Passover Seder. The three-act play’s cast is made up of Beit T’Shuvah residents, alumni, and staff members, which culminates in a Q & A session that ties the whole performance together. Jessica Fischel, the show’s coordinator and an associate of Beit T’Shuvah’s Prevention department, weighs in on why she is so passionate about promoting Freedom Song. Even though Freedom Song performs for audiences as young as 7th … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-Steps, addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, art, Beit T'Shuvah, Community, Current Events, Family Wellness, Freedom Song, Judaism, Sobriety, Spirituality

All In The Family

By Chris Alvarez The first ever Beit T’Shuvah Out of Town Family Week recently took place, and my family and I were lucky enough to be able to take part in it.  My mother and sister flew over three thousand miles to take part in Beit T’Shuvah’s inaugural family weekend—a weekend that would forever change our lives.  Over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, we took part in family process groups, individual therapy and spiritual learning.  Throughout the course of a few days, we were part of a life-changing event that I hope will help many more families in the years to come. Friday was the first day all three of us were together.  The event started out with a group on family dynamics, during which I reaffirmed my notion that my family’s problems … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, Beit T'Shuvah, Community, Current Events, Family Wellness, Freedom Song, Gratitude, Spirituality, T'Shuvah

The Redemption Chronicles

Welcome back to The Redemption Chronicles with me, Photoblogger E-Pad!  I have returned, and will once again be posting every week.  This week’s entry:  A Moment’s Rest.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beit T'Shuvah, BTS Communications, Community, Current Events, Education, Family Wellness, Gratitude, International

Consistent for 14 Generations

By Jaron Zanerhaft On Saturday, April 21, 2012, I watched His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak at the Long Beach Arena.  The lines, perhaps 10,000 people strong, stretched into the parking lot for hours, with metal detectors and heightened security allowing people in at a trickle. Neo-hippies, college professors, Vegan protestors, and everyone in between were represented at this Long Beach happening. A friend and I arrived early but still ended up waiting in line long past his supposed 1:30 start time.  When we finally entered the atrium, we found ourselves in a veritable bazaar of Tibetan wares, Himalayan incense, and general Buddhist literature including His Holiness’s published writings. Just as we took our seats, the Dalai Lama shuffled on stage with a wide smile, took off his shoes, folded his legs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Community, Current Events, Education, Family Wellness, Gratitude, International, Spirituality, Temple

I Have a Dream…

By Erin Pad “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness” – Martin Luther King Jr. “I’m sick of your lies,” my mom yelled, “get your stuff and get out of my house!” It was a freezing, January, Michigan night and my mom had finally drawn the line.  She had taken a stand.  I just stood there and mocked her like a selfish brat, but this time it was different— she was different. There was a time when America made empty promises and lied to part of its family.  It took a strong parental figure, like Martin Luther King Jr. to show America that it needed to change.  He drew a line and he took a stand.  When my mom drew … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, Beit T'Shuvah, BTS Communications, Family Wellness, Gratitude, Mark Borovitz, Sobriety

My Mom, Jennifer Sarnoff: Running to Save Souls

My name is Jackson and I am 2 years old.  I like pudding and naptime. Another thing about me: my mommy, Jennifer, is crazy.  Wanna know why? She is running 26.2 miles for the LA Marathon this year. So on top of having to take care of me, feed me, watch me, teach me, clean me, and get me to bed every day, she runs. And not just a mile, or two, but eventually, 26.2! And do you know who she’s running for? Beit T’Shuvah.  She’s running for a Jewish rehab that she never even lived at! She’s never even personally struggled with addiction. I mean, sure, while growing up in Los Angeles, my mom saw a lot of people deal with addiction—some of her family and friends were addicts. She’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, Family Wellness, LA Marathon, Run To Save A Soul, Spirituality, Temple, Uncategorized

This Is Aronofsky’s Brain Against Drugs

Darren Aronofsky, the director of Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, and The Wrestler, recently hit the small screen, releasing four commercials as part of the nationwide Meth Project.  The Project’s goal is to curb use of methamphetamines throughout the country—as proof of its success, the project cites ABC’s study showing that “meth use has declined by 65% in Arizona, 63% in Montana, and 52% in Idaho since the 2006 commencement of its campaign.” Aronofsky departs from the “this is your brain on drugs” movement of the 1990’s and the “just say no” crusade of the 1980’s.  He instead stays true to his directorial style, depicting intensely graphic, seemingly exaggerated realities. Watching the commercials left me with the same feeling as Black Swan, a queasy stomach, like I had just watched a … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, BTS Communications, Current Events, Education, Family Wellness, Internet, Spirituality, Uncategorized

Remember when Veteran’s Day was called Armistice Day?

By M. Alexander Remember when Veteran’s Day was called Armistice Day? If you remember the early 1940’s, the answer to this question might be yes.  Otherwise, it’s just a little known truth that has disintegrated into the cluttered atmosphere of useless historical facts. Christened Armistice Day as World War One (The War to End All Wars) came to a close, the name was changed to Veteran’s Day when world leaders realized that World War Two also happened to fall under the category of warfare. I think that we should change the name back to Armistice Day.  Not as a day of remembering that war has been wiped off the face of the earth (because that is ridiculously false) but as a symbol of hope, as a day that forces us to lay down our … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-Steps, addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, Current Events, Education, Family Wellness, Gratitude, Judaism, Mark Borovitz, Spirituality, Uncategorized

Birthday Bash = Huge Success!

While Beit T’Shuvah’s multipurpose sanctuary wears many different hats, on Saturday it wore a feathered fedora for Rabbi Mark Borovitz’s 60th birthday party, transforming the sanctuary/dining hall into something barely recognizable. The doors opened to a dimly lit room with small lounge tables speckling the floor, black curtains adorning the walls and tables, and a full booze-less bar complete with cocktails such as the ‘Fuzzy Harriet’ and ‘Lonely Addicts Iced Tea.’ Rabbi’s gangster-themed “Roast and Toast” birthday party turned the Beit T’Shuvah sanctuary into a speakeasy, with guests dressed as 1920’s flappers and mob bosses.  Only at Beit T’Shuvah is it possible to roast your boss and spiritual leader in his own rehab-cum-barlounge.  While the décor was incredible, the Shirley Temples were delicious, and the food was scrumptious, the entertainment was the highlight … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, Beit T'Shuvah, Current Events, Dating, Education, Family Wellness, Gratitude, Mark Borovitz, Uncategorized

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