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  • Theater as addiction therapy in ‘Bliss Point’

    June 18, 2014 | 9:45 am

    The healing power of theater underlies the collaboration between the Cornerstone Theater Company and rehabilitation centers around the city, which resulted in the company’s production of “Bliss Point,” a play about addiction and recovery, through June 22 at the Odyssey Theatre in...

  • Will Jews reject Donald Sterling gifts?

    April 29, 2014 | 2:36 pm

    [UPDATE, May 2] David Suissa's conversation with Donald Sterling


    Recent comments attributed to Donald Sterling, the Jewish owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who was banned for life from the league by the NBA's commissioner on April 29, have been denounced as racist by numerous...

  • We don’t live in Stepford

    September 3, 2013 | 12:15 pm

    Not long ago, I showed up for a Friday night Shabbat service at Beit T’Shuvah in Culver City. Over the years, I have counseled a number of congregants whose adult children were saved by this addiction recovery program, and I wanted to experience Beit T’Shuvah’s spiritual Shabbat...

  • What I Learned From Shavuot All-Night Study

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 16, 2013 | 10:56 am

    By Inga Roizman

    I loved it. Two nights ago I was honored to see my coworkers, our residents, and other members of the community speak about what they need to learn most. I was struck by the vulnerability that each of them granted us with their lesson.

    Some discussions were...

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  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    March 29, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    Los Angeles City Hall held its first-ever Passover celebration, which was organized by the Board of Rabbis of Southern California and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The March 19 festivities took place on the City Hall forecourt, adjacent to the Spring Street steps....

  • Things I’ve Noticed at BTS

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 20, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

    I’ve been a member of the Beit T’Shuvah community for over two and a half years. We do a relatively good job of showing the online community what Beit T’Shuvah represents, but there is some information that is missing. Do you know what it feels like to actually...

  • Hava Nagila (The Movie) Screening

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 19, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    By Michael Welch

    I absolutely love culture. I have always had appreciation for how things used to be and I often reminisce on how good I had it, or how good the generations before me had it. The ideas of Free love, peace, agriculture, founding fathers, and power of the people. I...

  • Why Knowledge Isn’t Power

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 7, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    Ever since I was young, I knew that I was an intellectual. I loved to read. It gave me an outlet. As I progressed through school, I came to believe that knowledge could arm me, enable me to deal with the world. Somewhere along the lines, however, knowledge transformed from a noble...

  • How to Write a Blog About Redemption

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 6, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

     

    1. Sit down. Nobody writes blogs standing up.

    2. Choose your writing instrument of choice. As I’ve grown up with computers, I prefer my laptop. Our elder writers are uncomfortable typing because they are reminded of the tiring berating of Mavis Beacon. They...

  • A Recovering Addicts Works Cited Page (in MLA Format)

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 27, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

     

    In the spirit of both midterms and novelty blogs (see my last blog}, I have compiled a bibliography of my life. In AA, we often hear people’s stories in a specific and usually linear fashion. What does your story look like objectively? Let us know in the...

  • Help Wanted

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 26, 2013 | 10:54 am

    By Michael Welch

    Our world, the Big Blue Marble containing existence, is looking for immediate support. It is with great trepidation that the direction of the globe’s movement is in question. This is not in reference to the counterclockwise spin. This is in reference to the...

  • Unmasking: The Purim Blog

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 24, 2013 | 3:12 pm

    By Rachel Goldman Neubauer

    Purim, as most of us know, is all about masks.  Esther hid her Jewish identity from King Ahashverosh, even after marriage, until revealing herself meant saving lives. 

    While I love being silly and dressing up in costume, there are certain things about...

  • Choice in Difficulty

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 17, 2013 | 11:23 am

    By Rachel Goldman Neubauer

    I spent much of my Shabbat thinking about our dearly departed Ira Skolky.  What plays through my head more than anything are little snippets from his funeral.  Death in our community, like any other community, is never easy.  By the same token, though,...

  • Remembering Ira Skolky

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 15, 2013 | 11:35 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Redemption takes a community. This realization came to me this week in a very tragic, powerful way. One of our staff members, Ira Skolky, z"l, died from a massive stroke. It is a great loss to the Beit T’Shuvah community and to the greater Jewish and...

  • ‘Sacred Housekeeping’: Reflections of a soul saver

    By Roberto Loiederman

    January 23, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    Sporting a blond wig and slinky dress, Beit T’Shuvah’s whippet-thin Cantor Rachel Goldman Neubauer sat on Harriet Rossetto’s knee and parodied Marilyn Monroe’s famous, breathy “Happy Birthday” crooning to JFK. 

    Then the 250 or so people at Beit T’Shuvah — all of them fans of the...

  • Living Vulnerably

    October 19, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Since the dawn of my conscious self, I have been ruthlessly preoccupied with productivity. My father initially instilled the belief that being productive was paramount for success. As I matured, I began asking myself questions; where did I finish today? Was I in the black or the...

  • The big reveal: How design makes rehab more serene

    By Rachel Heller

    July 5, 2012 | 11:16 am

    Room 9500 is the bottom rung at Beit T’Shuvah, the first stop for male addicts newly arrived from prison, the hospital or the streets. Six rookies at a time inhabit this snug dormitory as they adjust to life in rehab. For years, 9500 marked a dark and dreary start toward recovery...

  • John and Paul, still alive

    By David Suissa

    June 27, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Last week, I started writing a column about John Sullivan, a former drug and alcohol addict who restarted his life, thanks to Beit T’Shuvah. But then I got interrupted by another great story, in a documentary called “Paul Williams: Still Alive,” directed by my friend Steve...

  • Beauty that heals

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 4, 2012 | 11:50 am

    Last Sunday, I took my first trip to Beit T’Shuvah. I’ve been hearing about this highly successful addiction treatment center for years and had met some of its staff, but I’d never visited its campus on Venice Boulevard, with its sanctuary adorned with stained-glass windows, as...

  • Fighting to beat addiction

    By Lauren Bottner

    September 21, 2011 | 4:26 pm

    Beit T’Shuvah, the Jewish addiction treatment center and synagogue, held its second annual “Knock Out Addiction” fundraiser on Sept. 15, drawing a crowd of more than 400 to the Petersen Automotive Museum for a gala that included six boxing matches.  Last year, Beit...

  • Running to save souls

    By Ryan Torok

    March 15, 2011 | 6:06 pm

    Runners in the 26th annual Los Angeles Marathon on March 20 will include residents of Beit T’Shuvah, a residential treatment center for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.

    Beit T’Shuvah is the only official Jewish charity participating in the L.A. marathon and hopes to raise...

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