Beit T'Shuvah Band
The Beit T'Shuvah band is comprised of residents, alumni, and community members who have either incorporated or are learning to incorporate music as an integral part of their lives. The band always consists of drums, bass, guitar, and piano, but is open to any additional instruments (often times a saxophone, violin, or even a lap steel is thrown in just for fun!) Members of the band rotate performances, giving everyone an opportunity to be a part of the experience and creating a constant space for adopting new members.

Via the Beit T'Shuvah Band, rehearsals function as a sort of group therapy.Through the creative experience and practice of playing in the band, residents learn active listening, tolerance and social cues. They gain an appreciation of their own importance in the group while respecting the roles of their fellow band members.

When the Beit T'Shuvah Band performs for the community, there is a self-perception that they are giving the gift of music to their audience. Their hard work, both as individuals and as a group, is rewarded with a sense of accomplishment, acknowledgement of their talents, and an appreciation of their efforts. Participants gain self-esteem and sense of purpose by making people happy with their music. The band plays for public events such as the annual Beit T'Shuvah LA Marathon block party cheering on runners, the Beit T'Shuvah gala at the Beverly Hilton, and several other Beit T'Shuvah public fundraisers.

The Beit T'Shuvah Band is also one way that the Music in Recovery program greatly enhances the Congregation Beit T'Shuvah experience. Friday and Saturday Shabbat services offer members of the band a consistent standard repertoire set to work on and weekly opportunities to raise up the Beit T'Shuvah community in prayer. Largely in part to the Beit T'Shuvah band, Beit T'Shuvah's Music in Recovery Program has become renowned for creating an exciting and eclectic style of liturgical music that makes the overall services relevant and accessible to all its congregants, especially creating a draw for younger generations. The services themselves, largely due to the Music Department, have become an in-demand style, with Beit T'Shuvah clergy and Music Department members travelling to other synagogues throughout the country in order to introduce the unique BTS Shabbat experience.

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