23rd Annual Beit T'Shuvah Gala - January 18th, 2015
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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At this year's 23rd Annual Gala Roads to Redemption on Sunday, January 18th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, we will be honoring Jon Esformes. Jon is a graduate of the Beit T'Shuvah program, a current Beit T'Shuvah Board Member, and a champion for some of the most vulnerable people in America. Jon arrived at Beit T'Shuvah 12 years ago drunk and pushing a shopping cart. He was alone, but reached out. In recovery, he was guided by the writings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel that inspired him to not only devote himself to recovery, but to reach farther and help more. Since then, as Harriet says, "Jon took what he learned here and passed it onto others instead of just focusing on his own redemption."

We honor Jon not just as a model of recovery that we would like to emulate, but as a human rights activist whose successful recovery has affected thousands of lives. As the operating partner of the Pacific Tomato Growers, Jon helped to pioneer a human rights movement by partnering with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), honoring the sacred voice of every farmer. As a result of that partnership Pacific Tomato Growers and the CIW developed a uniform code of conduct that led to the creation of the Fair Foods Standards Council, setting the standard in Florida. President Bill Clinton called CIW’s Fair Food Program "the most astonishing thing politically happening in the world we’re living in today."

Because of that drunken shopping cart trip to Beit T'Shuvah and Jon's own determination, thousands of lives have improved—that is the power of saving one soul. We ask that you please join us in celebrating his distinguished accomplishments.

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Roads To Redemption
Honoring Jon Esformes
Sunday, January 18, 2015
  • 5:30 Auction
  • 7:00 Dinner

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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And don’t forget to join us for our annual Gala Shabbat at 6:30 on December 12th and help us celebrate our honoree and thank our amazing co-chairs and committee for all of their support.

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