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Beit T’Shuvah Annual Report 2013

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Table of Contents 3 Philosophy. Mission. Vision. 6 The Next Chapter 7 You Matter 8 At Last, I’m a Paid Member of a Revolutionary Organization The Door is Always Open Moving Towards Collective Wisdom Beit T’Shuvah Timeline Statistics Success The Annual Price Tag for Saving a Life The Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute at Beit T’Shuvah Development Levels of Care Programs Congregation Beit T’Shuvah Gambling Program The Susan & Leonard Nimoy Career Center Creative Matters (Graphic Design Company) Beit T’Shuvah Thrift Boutique Temple Music & Arts Freedom Song Youth Services Alternative Sentencing Clinical Training Family Program Neurofeedback Mind and Body Fitness Beit T’Shuvah in the News Statement of Activities Performance & Results Board of Directors / Staff Foundations

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Philosophy. Mission. Vision. Our Philosophy

Addiction is a symptom of a divided self; an unhealthy dependence on substances or compulsive activities to provide a temporary sense of wholeness and well-being. Through a community rooted in the spiritual principles of Judaism, authenticity, and transparency, Beit T’Shuvah members are taught to live in concert with their own inner value, dignity, and Kedusha – Holiness. Using both traditional and nontraditional approaches, Beit T’Shuvah believes everyone has the right to redemption, and practices never turning a single soul away due to their inability to pay... allowing for all who wish, to make T’Shuvah.

Our Mission

Our mission is to guide individuals and families towards a path of living well, so that wrestling souls can recover from addiction and learn how to properly heal. The Beit T’Shuvah faith-based model, founded on authenticity and wholeness, integrates spirituality, psychotherapy, Jewish teachings, the 12 Steps, and the creative arts. We are a compassionate, supportive community, devoted to building an empowering sense of belonging and purpose to everyone who seeks it.

Our Vision

Beit T’Shuvah’s vision is to raise a new generation, one in which the paradigm of human understanding shifts, so that families can see each member as autonomous and unique. Helping individuals to live well can penetrate both the incidence of addiction and beyond…to any family who struggles at all. Our model, based on authenticity and wholeness, can be applied not solely to treatment centers and family units, but also to any community organization that is willing to look within. Ultimately, we hope to be international educators, pioneering a curriculum that teaches individuals how to live well.

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Beit T’Shuvah: The House of Return T’Shuvah is the Jewish notion of return or repentance: Every person can atone for their transgressions, and restore their relationships with God and man.

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The Next Chapter In 1984 I became one of six Jewish Jail Workers locating Jews in prisons, attending to their personal and spiritual needs during their incarceration and helping them re-enter society when released. The paradoxical people I visited quickly intrigued me. They knew right and compulsively did wrong. They were smart and ashamed of their behavior, yet they continually bit the hand that fed them, and broke the hearts of those who loved them. Many struggled with multiple addictions for the majority of their lives. How could I help them free themselves from their prisons of relapse and recidivism? I wanted to create a home rooted in Judaism, AA, and psychotherapy, where people could come to recover their integrity, and learn how to integrate intention and action. I called it Beit T’Shuvah—The House of Return. With FEMA and Jewish Community Foundation funding, Beit T’Shuvah opened its doors in March 1987. Sybil Brand, philanthropist and criminal justice advocate, cut the ribbon at our original house in the Rampart disctrict of Los Angeles. My subsequent partnership with Warren Breslow (the first Chairman of the Beit T’Shuvah Board) and Annette Shapiro (the current President of the Beit T’Shuvah Board) sustained the original vision and grew it beyond any of our imaginings. We grew organically in response to need, and quickly outgrew our modest home. With a little help from their friends, Warren and Annette formed an independent Board of Directors and raised $5 million to purchase and renovate our current home. Now we have outgrown our current facility and need to expand once again. Thanks to the generosity of Joyce Brandman, we have purchased the building next door and have successfully raised over $10 million to renovate the space for offices and meeting rooms. Our goal for this capital campaign is $25 million. Almost 30 years of experience witnessing and treating the ravages of addiction on families led us to ask the question: is it possible to “raise the bottom” for people on the brink, and how do we export what we have learned to “ Addiction First Responders?” Unfortunately, “Addiction First Responders”— pediatricians, family doctors, psychiatrists, clergy, educators, and mental health professionals— unschooled in recognizing addiction, often misdiagnose addictive lifestyle patterns, and 6

medicate the symptoms instead of treating the underlying psychological and spiritual causes. If “Addiction First Responders” could recognize people on the brink of addiction and be given tools to intervene, could we raise the bottom? Our answer to this question is the Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute. Its mission is to teach Addiction First Responders how to recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction, and to offer early intervention, referrals, family education, and residential treatment when appropriate. Garrett O’Connor, MD, former President of the Betty Ford Institute for Prevention, Research, and Education in Addictive Disease, has developed and created the “Addiction First Responders” project and is our new Institute Director. The most unique part of the program is that the addicts themselves will act as the experts, giving health professionals, clergy and educators palpable insight into the world of addiction. Learning from “the experts,” will aid in their ability to internalize and recognize the signs of addiction, giving those who are struggling the proper help their lives depend on. Miracles continue to happen at Beit T’Shuvah. As the number of people needing treatment continues to rise, so does our budget. With strong community support and funding, we are able to help people recover their passion and discover their purpose, and never have to turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. On behalf of everyone that has benefited from our program, we thank you for your dedication and support.

Harriet Rossetto Founder and CEO


You Matter With all of these ups and downs we continue pushing forward because the lives of our residents depend on it. Our mission is strong, our staff is dedicated, and you—our community—allow us to keep mission over money and help those in need. As the Senior Rabbi and COO of Beit T’Shuvah, I am tasked with the privilege of reporting on our spiritual and financial well-being. In our never-ending commitment to be transparent and to live in truth, I will report that 2013 was both successful and trying. This year we have continued to maintain a high success rate in helping people recover their authentic selves, live well, and be productive pro-social members of society. In 2013, our Internship/Externship program helped over 80 people find their passion and purpose; they have maintained their sobriety and are gaining practical work experience with training that feed their souls.

Our mission is strong, our staff is dedicated, and you— our community—allow us to keep mission over money and help those in need. Thank you for another amazing year!

Rabbi Mark Borovitz Spiritual Leader

We have visited and counseled over 150 people in jails, and have made beds at Beit T’Shuvah available through our Alternative Sentencing Department. Our social enterprise, Creative Matters (formerly BTS Communications), has continued to grow and help other nonprofit organizations enhance their missions by providing innovative and engaging marketing collateral including this Annual Report. Our Core Program has continued to improve and help people reclaim their lost lives. Our Congregation continues to serve all members of our community, with our Shabbat services growing in size and spirit each week. With all of the success we have had, still, not every person who has come through our doors has stayed sober and decent. While we have maintained a stellar “success” rate, neither it, nor we, are perfect. Though Creative Matters is doing extraordinary work and providing numerous internships and jobs, it has yet to break even. This is also true with our Career Center and Alternative Sentencing department. While they generate life-changing outcomes, they do not produce much, if any, revenue. With all of these ups and downs we continue pushing forward because the lives of our residents depend on it. 7


At Last, I’m a Paid Member of a Revolutionary Organization Sometime in 2010, having demonstrated the tremendous success of their therapeutic approach to addiction and human brokenness on both fronts, Harriet and Rabbi Mark felt it necessary to ask themselves the only question worth asking: “What the f--k do we do now?” On July 19, 1979, the Sandinista Liberation Army forcibly interrupted a High Mass in progress at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua. This was the triumphant moment when the Sandinistas declared victory in their 20year-long war of resistance to liberate the Nicaraguan people from a century of tyrannical oppression and dictatorship in their country. After the smoke and dust from the raid had cleared, and the startled members of the congregation had been escorted to safety, General Tomas Borge, Head of Security and Intelligence for the Sandinistas, turned to Daniel Ortega, who had, at that moment, just become Prime Minister, and said: “What the f--k do we do now?” Cynical Sandinista critics raise doubts about whether or not this much quoted question was actually asked, and instead, prefer to label it as “yet another” piece of deceptive political propaganda. However, during a visit to Nicaragua in 1989 as members of a delegation from the Office of The Americas to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sandinista victory, my wife, Fionnula Flanagan, and I had a chance to meet privately with General Borge who assured us that he had indeed addressed the question to Daniel Ortega in the Cathedral, and that it was, in fact, true, including the expletive! Now, what on earth has this got to do with Beit T’Shuvah? Quite a lot, as it turns out! The revolutionary, daring and ground-breaking therapeutic organization of Beit T’Shuvah was founded in 1987 by Harriet Rossetto to liberate addicted Jewish men and women with a good prognosis for recovery from the injustice of incarceration, and to offer them hope for spiritual redemption and a successful return to society. Soon, she was joined in her pioneering mission by a liberated ex-con, later to become Rabbi Mark Borovitz, who had just been released from Chino State Prison after serving a sentence of 4 ½ years. For the next 25 years, with financial, spiritual and emotional support from sympathetic members of the Los Angeles Jewish Community, Harriet and Rabbi Mark have struggled courageously and successfully on two 8

fronts. Their first campaign was to fight against the injustice of incarceration for male and female Jewish addicts with a good prognosis for recovery. The second was to rescue hopeless, shunned and broken people of any faith—or no faith at all—who have been cast out by the combined power of addiction, malignant shame and societal rejection to live—and too often, to die—on the rotting dung heaps of ignominious failure in our homes, towns, cities and communities. Sometime in 2010, having demonstrated the tremendous success of their therapeutic approach to addiction and human brokenness on both fronts, Harriet and Rabbi Mark felt it necessary to ask themselves the only question worth asking: “What the f--k do we do now?” Well, what they did was build the Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute, which was made possible by the generosity of many, but especially by Joyce Brandman, whose magnanimous donation literally got the project off the ground. On March 1, 2013 I joined the Beit T’Shuvah staff as Director of the Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute. I had known something about the history and philosophy of Beit T’Shuvah for some time but I had no idea that its approach to treatment was unique in this country, and maybe even the whole world. Like the Sandinistas, the mission of Beit T’Shuvah is to liberate people from the tyrannical slavery and oppression of addiction, and to help them search for, confront and finally tame the relentless, dictatorial slave master that exists within each one of us. This cruel and heartless inner presence—which I call malignant shame— can destroy and disintegrate the lives of anyone, but especially weakened and vulnerable addicts, not to mention their families. It follows, of course, that in order to be competent in helping residents to perform this task, staff must be willing and able to do the same thing on a daily basis within themselves. The Beit T’Shuvah mission is to mend broken people, heal wounded hearts, and help damaged souls who come to


us for help to recover their integrity, discover their passion and restore their humanity by assuming responsibility and accountability for their actions. This level of communal good citizenship is expected from each member of the community, from the top leadership down to the newest arriving resident. I wish I had discovered Beit T’Shuvah in the middle 70’s when my drinking was at its most self-destructive, and my conduct most harmful to others. But having spent almost 37 years as a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous helping other suffering alcoholics achieve sobriety, I now regard my participation as a proud member of the Beit T’Shuvah Spiritual Community as a sort of graduate course that challenges and encourages me to go further on my journey in spiritual recovery then I had ever expected or intended. My work at Beit T’Shuvah—House of Redemption and Return—is showing me new dimensions of my spiritual awareness, including a fresh understanding of the mysticism of AA, and the miraculous capacity of spiritual practice in the context of community— to transform the negative emotions of addiction, such as malignant shame, guilt, anger and rage, into positive emotions such as hope, humility, compassion, forgiveness and love. I am also gaining a deeper understanding of grief and loss, as well as a new perspective on the umbilical connection between malignant shame, perfectionism, intimacy and authentic suffering. Incidentally, Nicaragua, under the Sandinistas, is now, comparatively speaking, a thriving country with compassionate social policies of forgiveness and redemption for former enemies that has resulted in a much higher standard of living for all of its people, and a resurgence of the native poetry for which Nicaragua is justly world famous. I hope you will not complain if I contend that the same can be said for Beit T’Shuvah and the people it so lovingly serves and employs–which includes me, of course. I am eternally grateful to Harriet, Rabbi Mark and the Board for trusting me to lead Beit T’Shuvah’s next revolutionary expedition into the humanitarian crisis of the prescription drug epidemic that is now growing rapidly out of control in the relatively unmapped medical territories of Addiction Prevention, Research and Education. (For more about the Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute, please turn to Page 18)

Garrett O’Connor, M.D. Director, The Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute

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The Door is Always Open Everyday men and women walk through our doors and begin a life-altering, spiritual journey of recovering their passion and discovering their purpose. An open door is a warm welcome; it is outstretched arms to those who are struggling, and it is acceptance. An open door offers 2nd and 3rd chances because a life is too precious to give up on. Beit T’Shuvah has been dedicated to keeping its doors open to lost souls and struggling addicts since 1987. As our program continues to evolve, and with our facility’s ongoing expansion project, we remain committed to our original mission. Everyday men and women walk through our doors and begin a life–altering, spiritual journey of recovering their passion and discovering their purpose. I am grateful to everyone who has helped us keep our doors open to those in need. It is because of your support that we can continue saving lives. As a volunteer for over 20 years, I have witnessed firsthand the incredible transformation of thousands of individuals and families that have come through Beit T’Shuvah’s doors. This experience has forever changed my life and has given me my own renewed sense of passion and purpose. It is with great excitement that we will soon open the doors to our remodeled facility and new campus. A comprehensive, education-focused and hands-on approach will educate even more people about the depths of addiction, and better treat and prevent this heinous disease from afflicting our friends and loved ones. Joyce Brandman was instrumental in making our new campus become a reality; the appreciation I have for her and her generous contribution to Beit T’Shuvah is indescribable. The growth of Beit T’Shuvah would not be happening without Joyce or the overwhelming generosity of our community. In 2014 our staff, volunteers, and community will continue to support all who walk through the door 10

to recovery, reuniting loved ones with their families, and reengaging individuals with the type of passion that leads to fulfilling lives.

Annette Shapiro President, Board of Directors


Moving Towards Collective Wisdom When human beings gather in groups, a depth of awareness and insight, a transcendent knowing, becomes available to us that, when accessed, can lead to profound action. How do we grow and sustain the work of Beit T’Shuvah while maintaining the heart, soul, and entrepreneurial spirit of our unique organization? That is the question at the heart of our remarkable engagement with the Organizational Spirituality Initiative (OSI). OSI is a project of the Angell Foundation. Beit T’Shuvah was invited to apply (and was selected) for this two-year grant, which includes comprehensive consultation with the Center for Collective Wisdom, led by the wise and talented John Ott and Rose Pinard. As part of the OSI, we were asked to look at “adaptive dilemmas” facing Beit T’Shuvah. During the first year of the OSI, we have engaged staff at all levels, along with board members, volunteers, and other stakeholders in our community to work on four general areas of focus: Leadership, Community, Program Excellence and Fiscal Sustainability. Each of these work groups is led by members of executive management and engages in collective wisdom practices to help move us to the next level of action. What do we mean by collective wisdom? John and Rose define it as follows:

that allow collective wisdom to emerge, and with regular re-evaluation of our progress and our goals, we are moving forward. Building a culture of leaders at Beit T’Shuvah that thoughtfully moves us into the next stage of our growth allows us to continually improve our programs, more deeply connect with our community, enable shared leadership and effective succession planning, and strengthen our financial stability—all while continuing to serve the needs of those we help. The Center for Collective Wisdom has proven an incredible resource throughout this process, providing invaluable guidance through retreats, workshops, and facilitation of meetings. I am confident that the benefit of this engagement to the Beit T’Shuvah community will be felt for many years to come.

Bill Resnick, MD, MBA Chair, Board of Directors

When human beings gather in groups, a depth of awareness and insight, a transcendent knowing, becomes available to us that, when accessed, can lead to profound action. We call this transcendent knowing collective wisdom. This knowing is not of the mind alone, nor is it of any individual alone. When this knowing and sense of right action emerges, it does so from deep within the individual participants, from within the collective awareness of the group, and from within the larger field that holds the group. Through extensive training in the precise tools and skills 11


Beit T’Shuvah Timeline

1991 Beit T’Shuvah receives the Isaiah Award from the Jewish Federation for meeting a previously unmet community need.

1998 Temple Beit T’Shuvah holds High Holy Day Services for the first time.

1999 The first item is sold at The Hal Wiseman House of Return; now known as BTS Thrift Boutique.

2000 Rabbi Mark Borovitz is officially ordained by The University of Judaism.

1987 Beit T’Shuvah opens its doors at 216 South Lake Street in Downtown Los Angeles—a tiny Halfway House for eight men and a single employee, Harriet Rossetto.

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1996 With seed funding from the Jewish Community Foundation, Beit T’Shuvah opens a female residential program.

1999 Beit T’Shuvah moves to 8831 Venice Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

2003 Partners in Prevention visits its first school. 2000 The Susan and Leonard Nimoy Career Center opens.

2006 Partners in Prevention receives a Covenant Foundation Grant to expand its program on a national level.

2008 With a small closet for an office, BTS Communications (now Creative Matters) begins to take shape with the vision of a former resident and a couple of interns.


2009 A partnership with UCLA begins. The Right Action Problem Gambling Program becomes the only state recognized program for the treatment of gambling addiction.

2011 BTS Communications (now Creative Matters) receives the Jewish Community Foundation Cutting Edge Grant to train 50 interns over three years.

2013 Sacred Housekeeping: A Spiritual Memoir by Harriet Rossetto is published. 2012 A partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department begins. Sheriff Leroy D. Baca invites Rabbi Mark Borovitz to Pitchess Detention Center to address inmates with insight into a better way of life.

2012 The Israeli Consul General David Siegel makes a historic first visit to Beit T’Shuvah.

2013 CEO, Founder and Author, Harriet Rossetto, receives her first invitation to the annual White House Chanukah party. “Full of riches, guides to a spiritual life and frank and vivid truths.” – LEONARD NIMOY, WORLD RENOWNED FILM & TELEVISION ACTOR

SACRED

HOUSEKEEPING a spiritual memoir

HARRIET ROSSET TO Edited by Reeva Hunter Mandelbaum

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2009 First annual Beit T’Shuvah Run to Save a Soul Team runs The LA Marathon.

2011 The Capital Campaign begins shortly after Beit T’Shuvah purchases the majority of the Venice Boulevard block between Vera and Ivy.

2011 The Comey Avenue property opens, made possible by Stuart Resnick, offering a transitional living compound to Beit T’Shuvah graduates.

2013 Dr. Garrett O’Connor, former President and Chief Psychiatrist of the Betty Ford Institute, is named the new Director of the Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute at Beit T’Shuvah.

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2013 Over 1,000 people attend High Holy Day Services at the Agape International Spiritual Center, which we recorded and live streamed for thousands of viewers.

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Statistics Overdoses involving prescription painkillers are at epidemic levels and now kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine

COMBINED.

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There are more than

12 MILLION ALCOHOLICS

90%

More than of people with addiction began smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18. 3

in the U.S. 2

Americans die from a prescription drug overdose

EVERY 19 MINUTES.

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The United States is 5% of the world’s population and CONSUMES 75% of the world’s prescription drugs. 5

52 MILLION People in the US over the age of 12

have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime .6

Bill Moyers wrote that, “during the past 30 years, the number of inmates in federal custody has , 7 and half of them are serving sentences for drug offenses.”

GROWN BY 800%

1 CDC Director Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. [cdc.gov] | 2 National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence [ncadd.org] | 3 National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse [casacolumbia.org] | 4 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [cdc.gov] | 5 National Institute on Drug Abuse [drugabuse.gov] | 6 National Institute on Drug Abuse [arugabuse.gov] | 7 Incarceration Nation [sentencingproject.org] 14


Success 3,650

Addicted adults have been through Beit T’Shuvah’s residential treatment program.

2,345

Outpatient clients have sought and found recovery at Beit T’Shuvah.

10,150

Inmates in jail have received emotional, spiritual and advocacy services from Beit T’Shuvah.

1,540

Non-addicted people struggling with life stressors have found transformation through our counseling and therapeutic services.

10,400

Family members have learned about addiction, and received therapy that provided healing and healthy relationships with their addicted loved one.

56,000

Adolescents have learned how to make informed choices through Beit T’Shuvah’s Youth Services Program.

78,000

People have had their spirits lifted in the audience of Beit T’Shuvah’s original musical “Freedom Song.”

94,700

People have been infused with the essence and love of Judaism through Beit T’Shuvah’s annual High Holy Day and weekly Shabbat services.

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The Annual Price Tag for Saving A Life The true cost of treatment is invaluable! Our mission is to never turn anyone away for financial reasons. Because 70% of our residents pay less than $1,000 a month towards their cost of care, we rely on the support of our donors, as well as the numerous clinicians who donate countless hours to assist in the recovery of our residents.

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The Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute at Beit T’Shuvah By Garrett O’Connor, M.D., Director

Based on the successful development of the Beit T’Shuvah Integrative Model for Addiction Treatment in a “Proof-ofConcept” Clinical Trial of the method lasting more than 25 years, the Beit T’Shuvah Board of Directors established The Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute (EBAI) in March of 2013. A central aim of the Institute is to communicate to the addiction field - and perhaps to society at large - a variety of clinical perspectives on addiction and recovery, drawn from the Beit T’Shuvah treatment model that uniquely integrates thought and action, emotion and intellect, body and soul, spirituality and brain, without neglecting one for the other. We believe that the Institute is on track for a Formal Opening in the fall with a major Event in the New Synagogue. We are honored and proud that George Vaillant, M.D., Harvard professor, and perhaps the world’s most respected addiction psychiatrist, has agreed to be the keynote speaker for the historic launching of the Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute at Beit T’Shuvah. Approximately 50,000 of the 350,000 annual deaths in the U.S. from drug-related causes result from intentional or accidental overdoses of prescription drugs – especially narcotic pain-killers. This amounts to an undeclared – but preventable - humanitarian crisis in our country that is killing large numbers of people, many of them teenagers, at a rate that now exceeds the annual death toll from homicides and automobile accidents combined! 18

The EBAI Mission The mission of the Institute is to create and implement educational programs for health care professionals, designed to further understand, and eventually reduce, the psychological and spiritual carnage caused by addiction to adults, children, families, organizations, communities, and ultimately to the larger society as a whole. The Institute is organized into two departments, both focusing on preventing the onset of addiction. 1. Professional Education and Immersion Training for “Addiction First Responders” 2. Treatment Outcomes Research The EBAI Treatment Outcomes Research Program is being designed in partnership with a senior group of world-class academic researchers from UCLA, USC and Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Background The term “First Responders” was used originally to describe professionals such as police officers and fire fighters who were highly trained to perform emergency medical, psychological and spiritual interventions at the site of natural or man-made disasters. Noting that the “broken” people who come to Beit T’Shuvah for sanctuary and treatment are those whose lives have become “disasters” because of alcohol, drugs and other


addictions, we wondered if “Addiction First Responders” might serve the same purpose for helping addicts as they do for trauma victims, thus preventing further progression of the disease. But where could we find such professionals? Soon, we realized that they were already among us in great numbers: physicians, especially family doctors, psychiatrists and pediatricians, clergy, dentists, pharmacists, teachers, judges, parents, and others – all of whom encounter alcoholics and other addicts in their daily rounds.

Educational Programs for Addiction First Responders In order to accommodate the varying needs of different professional groups, the Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute is offering 5 levels of training: • A free standing 90 minute presentation; • A ½ day program; • A full day program; • A 3-Day Residential Immersion Workshop; • A 5-Day Residential Immersion Workshop

However, there was a problem. 80% of these professionals have never been adequately trained to diagnose or treat alcoholics or other addicts, and as a result, tend to ignore and avoid them in their practices. Why? They are Addiction First Responders who don’t know how to respond to addicts! Nobody had ever told them about the financial, moral, and often anti-social behaviors to which alcoholics and other addicts must defend in order to maintain and sustain their addiction on a daily basis. They have no knowledge about the depth of the malignant shame that is the dark companion of every addict. They had never been taught about the life-saving importance of being able to recognize addiction in its early stages of development, and to perceive – and receive - suffering alcoholics and other addicts with hope, compassion, humility, gratitude, joy and respect, rather than fear, suspicion, revulsion and contempt.

Physicians, clergy and other helping professionals are provided with experiential and didactic opportunities to learn about Addiction and Recovery through in-depth personal participation. Depending on the level of training they chose, the participants become temporary members of Beit T’Shuvah’s spiritually-based Integrative Treatment Program that has proven to be so successful for restoring severely ill addicts to purposeful and productive lifestyles. While professionals from academic and clinical settings will provide didactic education about addiction, the backbone of the faculty for the Immersion Training Workshops is drawn from alcoholics and other addicts currently in treatment at Beit T’Shuvah. These individuals can teach from the unique positions of their own experience as addicts and the harsh reality of living in a permanent state of malignant shame because of their addictions.

Our hunch about the lack of training in addiction for physicians, clergy and other helping professionals was confirmed by an authoritative 5-year study published in 2012 by the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York, which concluded that “most physicians who should be providing treatment for alcoholics and other addicts are not sufficiently trained to diagnose or treat addiction!”

On March 31, 2014, a cohort of five Jewish Educators and one Rabbi from the Leadership Institute, a program guided by the vision of the New York School of Education at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), flew in from New York for the Institute’s Inaugural 5-day Workshop that proved to be very successful. “Life changing,” “amazing,” “transformational,” “revolutionary,” “a huge success!” “I never experienced anything like it,” etc… were among the evaluations describing the experience of the participants.

The reality is that physicians encounter alcoholics and other drug addicts in their practices all day, every day! However, because drug-seeking addicts are adept at presenting themselves to physicians with false symptoms designed to solicit a prescription, these unschooled physicians are likely to mistake the psychological symptoms of addiction for physical and/or mental illness, and to mis-treat the patient with highly addictive, but frequently unnecessary, mind-altering drugs, including narcotic painkillers. It follows then, that almost any doctor’s office in the U. S. can be a dangerous place for an alcoholic or drug addict to seek help because he or she may be diagnosed with the wrong illness, and, therefore, may not get the right treatment. In fact, there is a good chance that an addicted patient will head straight to the nearest pharmacy after leaving the untrained physician’s office with an erroneous diagnosis of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bi-polar Disorder, Insomnia, or Chronic Pain and a prescription for one or more mindaltering and/or narcotic pain-killing drugs. This “treatment” may actually mask the patient’s undiagnosed addiction, and put him or her at risk for serious harm – up to and including death.

Evaluation and Follow-up Workshop participants will complete a survey of their prior knowledge of addiction and their expectations before they arrive. A comprehensive evaluation form will be completed on the final day. Thereafter, they will be followed up by telephone and/or face-to-face interviews at 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month intervals to evaluate (a) changes in their personal and professional attitudes towards addicts and addiction, and (b) the impact of the Workshop experience on their daily practice with patients. Workshop Staff In addition to the teaching faculty composed of Beit T’Shuvah residents, the Addiction First Responders Project is co-directed by Garrett O’Connor, M.D., Director of the Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute, and Medical Advisor for the Beit T’Shuvah Addiction Treatment Program; Harriet Rossetto, MCSW, Beit T’Shuvah’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer; Rabbi Mark Borovitz, M.D.A, Senior Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of Beit T’Shuvah, and Matt Shapiro, Director of Jewish Education. Jennifer Gerber is the Administrator of the Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute. 19


Development Department One of the most frequent questions people ask about Beit T’Shuvah is how we have enough money to sustain our mission of never turning anyone away because of an inability to pay for treatment services. Of our 145 beds, on average 50% are filled by residents who pay nothing to be here and 40% of our residents pay less than a quarter of their cost of care. So it is no surprise that people wonder, “How, exactly, does Beit T’Shuvah support itself?” With an annual budget of approximately $8,000,000, roughly 50% of the money necessary to fund our annual operations comes from fundraising efforts. This work is due in no small part to the efforts of a very special group: Beit T’Shuvah’s Development department. The department, led by Harriet Rossetto, Ali Gabler, Barbara Friedman, Jenn Gerber, and Brian Rivera, in conjunction with the Development Committee led by Janice KamenirReznik and Lise Applebaum, has just one task: to raise approximately $4,000,000 every year. To accomplish this requires the extreme dedication of our professional staff and countless hours provided by volunteers. In addition to our numerous and very generous philanthropic donors, there are a myriad of targeted giving campaigns and initiatives conceived of and executed by the department.

The Development department also coordinates over 10 events a year, with the biggest fundraisers being the Circle of Majesty Luncheon, the BTS Open Golf Tournament, and of course the annual Steps to Recovery Gala. The Gala alone must generate at least $1,000,000 every year to support our operations. Beit T’Shuvah is also one of the biggest fundraising charity teams of the Los Angeles Marathon. The Development department is also continuously researching and applying for grants that not only help sustain our general treatment program, but also the many complementary programs we offer to our residents as part of the unique integrated recovery model at Beit T’Shuvah. Most recently, we have received grants for our Youth Services and Residential Treatment programs, in addition to our social venture, Creative Matters. Beit T’Shuvah is in the business of saving lives and none of that would be possible without the dedication of the dynamic Development team. For them, saving lives is a passion, since each of our staff members was given the chance to benefit from our treatment program, find their lives and purpose, and now gives that same opportunity to others.

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donors; the Development Department continues to pursue prospective donors and is optimistic that the Capital Campaign goal will be achieved.


Levels of Care Primary Residential Treatment The Primary Residential Treatment program is tailored to residents in their first 90-120 days of recovery. The program includes individual and group counseling, therapy, spiritual counseling, Shabbat and Jewish holiday services, and an introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous and the principles of the 12-Steps. Beit T’Shuvah provides an array of group instruction: covering such topics as substance abuse education, relapse prevention, AA step study, Jewish ethics, relationships, life skills, health, anger management, conflict resolution, personal responsibility, and hygiene. Primary residents are also offered the opportunity to participate in our Complementary Programs, which include a wide array of creative programming such as: choir, recording studio sessions, theater arts (Freedom Song), organic gardening, and more. Recognizing that substance abuse is not only a disease of the mind, soul, and spirit, but of the body as well, Beit T’Shuvah primary residents can also engage in activities like yoga, fitness training, surf therapy, snowboarding and the LA Marathon—our “Run To Save A Soul” team and training program.

During this phase of recovery, residents are encouraged to resume work and to take on the responsibility of contributing to their cost of care. Residents continue to participate in counseling, therapy, Torah study, and 12-Step work. Located on a separate floor of the Beit T’Shuvah campus, residents of this community-within-a-community enjoy autonomy while still receiving the healing presence of the greater community.

Day Patient

Alumni After Care

Day patient treatment—often a transition to Primary Residential Treatment , on-site treatment care—is tailored to fit each individual’s needs. Care ranges from weekly individual counseling sessions to full participation in daily groups, individual therapy, Shabbat services, and Torah study.

Recovery from addiction is a life-long process that requires ongoing vigilance. Upon completion of our program, Beit T’Shuvah alumni are encouraged to remain active participants in our community. Beit T’Shuvah continues as a resource beyond graduation with the celebration of sober birthdays, annual alumni events, family education and multi-family groups, as well as invitations to Beit T’Shuvah’s numerous events and functions. Our congregation and regular friday night services keep alumni connected and part of the community for the years after they graduate treatment.

Extended Residential Treatment After 90-120 days in treatment, Beit T’Shuvah residents graduate to our Extended Residential Treatment program.

Off Campus Transitional Living By the time a resident is ready to complete the Extended Residential Treatment program, it is anticipated that the resident’s awareness and acceptance of their commitment to recovery is sufficient to maintain a recovery plan with a greater level of independence. For our graduates, Beit T’Shuvah offers off-site housing within walking distance of our main campus. These residents are encouraged to facilitate their transition into life by paying rent, managing their own work and social lives, while still living within a supportive and loving sober community.

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Recovering Judaism

Congregation Beit T’Shuvah We guarantee you’ve never experienced a synagogue quite like Congregation Beit T’Shuvah. It doesn’t matter what sect or denomination of Judaism you were raised in – or if you have never dabbled in Judaism before at all. Our incorporation of “Recovering Judaism” is specifically designed to allow you to integrate faith into your daily life. Beyond that, Congregation BTS is the spiritual core of our community, pushing individuals to continually strive for spiritual development. Our congregation began under a small tent in 1987 in the backyard of Beit T’Shuvah’s original property on Lake Street in a less than savory downtown LA neighborhood. Less than a dozen residents would congregate for weekly Shabbat services with Harriet Rossetto acting as both cantor and rabbi. From those humble beginnings, our congregation has flourished to include over 250 families and 145 residents.

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Our Friday night services typically have 300 people in attendance and, this past year, over 1,000 people gathered with us to celebrate the High Holy Days. With the opening of our new space next door, our congregation is exploring new forms of spiritual growth. The new building project will not only house the Elaine Breslow Additcion Institute, it is proving to be a larger and more robust home for spiritual nurturing and fulfillment. The facility provides a superior and improved space for everything from weekly Shabbat Services to community events. We whole-heartedly welcome every type of person and love every type of soul. For more information about Beit T’Shuvah’s Congregation please contact Adam Siegel at ASiegel@beittshuvah.org.


Living Well

Gambling Program The Beit T’Shuvah Right Action Gambling Program is a holistic, therapeutic community that treats gambling addiction from multiple angles in collaboration with The UCLA Gambling Studies Program and the California Office of Problem Gambling. We consider compulsive gambling a serious affliction of the body, mind, soul and spirit, incurred through unhealthy living over time.

Beit T’Shuvah’s various complementary programs, affording our clients the broadest possible perspective on the causes of their behavior, leading to healthy and spiritually minded lifestyles. For more information about the Gambling Program please contact Yael Landa at 310-204-5200 Ext. 223.

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Recover Your Passion

The Susan & Leonard Nimoy Career Center Many recovering addicts and alcoholics struggle to navigate the daunting world of employment and education once they get sober, especially with lapsed work history and negative legal records. The purpose of the Susan and Leonard Nimoy Career Center is to combat that reality by acting as the practical bedrock for a successful future. Offering professional career counseling, resume building, education advisement, interview skills, and job placement, the Career Center allows residents to identify their talents and apply their skills to employment. From initial personality assessment tests to strategic interview preparations, the Career Center is there for residents throughout the whole process, and provides weekly job groups where they can process their employment struggles and achievements. Whether a resident is going back to school, switching careers, or continuing his or her education, the Career Center 24

provides resources and professional guidance tailored to every resident’s unique needs. An integral component of the Career Center is the Internship/Externship Program. Residents are offered paid experiential internships for 6 to 12 months across a wide array of departments within Beit T’Shuvah. From the clinical team to Creative Matters, Beit T’Shuvah provides countless career opportunities for their residents to explore. Over 80% of Beit T’Shuvah staff members are former residents and each one of them started as an intern. When residents want to pursue passions in fields outside of Beit T’Shuvah, the Externship Program makes it possible by offering paid, entry-level positions at businesses all over Los Angeles. For more information about the Internship/Externship Program please contact the Career Center at 310-204-5200 Ext. 216.


Discover Your Purpose

Creative Matters (Formerly BTS Communications) Creative Matters is a graphic design agency built as a social enterprise of Beit T’Shuvah. It is a matrix for recovering addicts to reclaim their lives, and discover new passions. Over 50 interns from the Beit T’Shuvah program have come through the Creative Matters doors in our four years of existence. At least 70% of which have gone forward to full-time employment or school. By learning valuable vocational skills in graphic design, copywriting, photography, videography, account and project management, and sales, interns develop the professional skills and confidence to pursue careers in upwardly mobile and growing fields. But more importantly, they’ve learned life skills. “Suiting up and showing up” is a commonly heard phrase in the rooms of recovery, and Creative Matters gives recovering souls a place to put this into action on a daily basis.

That ability to “suit up and show up,” combined with the vast amount of innate talent that comes through our program, has helped us offer our cutting-edge design services to over 30 clients to date, including Beit T’Shuvah. Creative Matters is even responsible for the design, copy editing and photography of this annual report! Because of our inherent belief in social responsibility, Creative Matters has specialized in helping nonprofits of every kind with marketing and fundraising. Whether we’re designing and writing brochures for a new program, or generating event collateral through photography and videography, through art, we seek to make the world a better place for organizations that strive to make the world a better place! For more information contact Eliana Katz at (C) 954-665-1270 (O) 310-842-3725 Ext. 1.

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Giving Back

Beit T’Shuvah Thrift Boutique The Beit T’Shuvah Thrift Boutique was created to be an extra source of income for our treatment facility. 100% of the store’s proceeds are used to fund treatment for people who cannot afford it. As our thrift store donor base has grown and revenues generated increase, we are able to provide more rehabilitation and beds for those in need of redemption. In addition to providing financial assistance, the thrift boutique also serves as a place for job training. Residents work at the store once a week and help with the sorting and displaying of merchandise, along with general maintenance and sales. Residents who show a greater interest in this type of work can then intern at the store through our Internship Program, which often leads to both internal and/or external employment. Merchandise donated to the Beit T’Shuvah Thrift Boutique includes everything from clothing and furniture to electronics and art. It’s very easy to donate! Our 26

convenient truck service travels all over the Los Angeles area to pick up your donations. This hassle-free service allows quick and easy removal of unwanted possessions, and every donation is tax deductible! For more information about the BTS Thrift Boutique please contact Carlton Knight at 310-204-4058.


Rock + Roll

Temple Music & Arts The Beit T’Shuvah Temple Music and Arts Department has had a very, very full year! For starters, our newly-established theater program has been successfully busy. Naomi Ackerman, a facilitator of our theater program, ran a 10-weeklong theater workshop, with a focus on improvisation. The residents learned how to act spontaneously and think on their toes, and the result was an enormously successful performance for the community. We have also begun a partnership with the USC Theatre Department’s Applied Theatre Arts Masters Program, led by Director Brent Blair. Every Wednesday students from USC come to run their own theatre workshops. We have also had a busy year with our formidable Smalley Music in Recovery program. We had a phenomenal gala, complete with choir, cantor and band. We moved into Passover, and our quarterly talent show (that is always guaranteed to entertain) was a smash hit. Our Friday and Saturday Shabbat

services continue to be rockin’ and rollin’. We have trained resident musicians to play in Saturday services under the direction of Music Director Laura Bagish and Assistant Music Director Aaron Delug, resulting in enhanced music, enhanced spirituality, and enhanced recovery. Our choir, also under the direction of Laura Bagish, is in top form. We had an amazing High Holy Day season, during which Rabbi Mark Borovitz and Cantor Rachel Goldman led us through a series of uplifting, spiritual and joyful services. Cantor Rachel sang with such beauty and ease that at times we forgot where we were. Rabbi Mark and Yeshaia Blakeney gave their most inspiring sermons, dueling it out from the bema. For more information about the Temple Music & Arts Department please contact James Fuchs at 310-204-5200.

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Out of Egypt

Freedom Song Freedom Song is an original Beit T’Shuvah musical production that highlights the historical universality of the struggle to free oneself from external oppression and internal bondage that addiction often brings. The play demonstrates the parallels between a modern family Seder and a 12-step meeting, and forces the audience to take a look within themselves instead of pointing the finger at others. It tells the “out of Egypt” story in a compelling and authentic voice that empowers the residents and alumni who perform to find their identity, and the audience to reach deeper within themselves. This year alone we put on performances in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, and at each stop we knocked it out of the park. The residents dedicated their performances to the memory of Ira Skolky, a beloved member of our community and the Freedom Song troupe who passed away last year. After performing for a congregation in Orange County, the Director of Education spoke highly of Freedom Song. In an 28

email she said, “How do we thank you for the phenomenal presentation that you shared with our congregation. Words fail us. Each one of your participants shared a part of their lives and bared their souls for our benefit. It was absolutely incredible and oh so powerful!! Every one of the 350 audience members left feeling that they had experienced something that touched them deeply.” This email sums up the impact that Freedom Song has on every audience and cast member it touches and the difference it can make in a person’s life. A poignant message of Freedom Song is that addiction can happen in every family, no matter what religion they practice and despite any façade of “normalcy.” “If Freedom Song inspires one person to change his/her life, the cast has accomplished its mission.” - Jessica Fishel, Freedom Song Coordinator For more information about Freedom Song please contact Jessica Fischel at 310-204-5200 Ext. 236.


Message of Recovery

Youth Services (formerly known as Partners in Prevention) If relevant Judaism can help individuals recover from addictive and self-destructive behaviors, why can’t it be just as useful in preventing them? In a culture where teens must cope with peer, media and family pressures to “look good” and achieve material success, the soul is often neglected. We believe the antidote to this “hole in the soul” is Judaism. Youth Services is a program that utilizes the path of Judaism to promote self-acceptance, self-worth, spiritual values and family harmony. Youth Services differs from other programs in that it does not focus on drug-education but rather the underlying “spiritual maladies” that lead today’s youth toward risky behaviors. Youth Services has expanded greatly over the last year. We have included tutoring, youth diversion, and mentorship components to the program, which have all been very successful. Through these different programs, Youth Services focuses on teaching spiritual tools to cope with daily stress and anxiety. We have already seen continuous positive feedback for our

prevention program from numerous teens. In high school sessions in various parts of the United States, students approach our residents after each program and openly share their battle with drugs and alcohol. We often hear that this type of intervention motivated young men and women to seek help and change their unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors. School teachers and principals are taken aback by the amount of positive feedback from both students and parents that are touched by the stories and teachings they have heard. “We are grateful to be part of such an amazing organization that allows us to carry the message of recovery and Relevant Judaism to younger generations in small and large cities alike.” - Doug Rosen, Youth Services Director For more information about Youth Services please contact Doug Rosen at 310-204-5200 Ext. 235. 29


Worthy of Redemption

Alternative Sentencing True to the mission of CEO and founder Harriet Rossetto, Beit T’Shuvah sets aside an average of 20% of its beds for people with addiction problems who have legal issues or who were recently released from correctional institutions. Alternative Sentencing Coordinator Carrie Newman and her staff conduct interviews and assessments with each potential resident to determine their program eligibility. Qualified participants can serve some or all of their time at Beit T’Shuvah to break their cycle of addiction as an alternative to sitting in a cell for their drug and alcoholrelated crimes. They also provide visitation for Jewish inmates within the Los Angeles County Jails, offering spiritual guidance, addiction counseling and a connection or re-connection to Judaism. For those serving lengthier sentences, the staff

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acts as a bridge connecting inmates to Jewish traditions and the Jewish recovery community through personal visits and correspondence. This practice also helps to empower inmates, inspiring them to put their recovery into action while awaiting release. This process helps humanize clients in the face of the justice system—by reminding the judge, jury, and prosecutors that each person has a soul, and is worthy of redemption. “Our job is to remind the players in the criminal justice system that each person has a soul and a unique story, and sometimes our job is to tell the story of that soul.” - Carrie Newman, Alternative Sentencing Coordinator For more information about Alternative Sentencing please contact Carrie Newman at 310-204-5200 Ext. 237.


Witness the Transformation

Clinical Training Beit T’Shuvah offers internship training for students currently in pursuit of their Psychology, MFT, and MSW licensing. Interns get hands-on experience on the frontlines of the recovery process and a window into Beit T’Shuvah’s cutting edge treatment approach that integrates the mind, body and spirit. Each intern and trainee receives weekly supervision from a well-seasoned, licensed mentor and they become part of a team also comprised of an addiction counselor and a spiritual counselor. Additionally, Beit T’Shuvah provides weekly trainings on an array of contemporary topics in the mental health, recovery and spiritual fields.

not only finish their required course hours, they have an opportunity to sit in on groups lead by trained professionals and get real feedback that is a valuable tool for clinical work as well as life experience. Therapists are encouraged to bring themselves to their work and grow individually as well as clinically. For more information about the Clinical Training Program please contact Rebecca Share at 310-204-5200 Ext. 234.

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A Starting Point

Family Program The Family Program understands that addiction affects the entire family. Dedicated to providing emotional and spiritual healing, this program guides each family through the process of recovery at Beit T’Shuvah. The Family Program offers comprehensive family treatment including: family support groups, family education groups, multifamily process groups, out of town family immersion weekends, a parents focused Al-Anon group, individual family therapy, and consultation and intervention services for families and individuals in crisis. Family Education Program: Our 6-week educational program provides families with an understanding of addiction and offers insight into making healthy changes as a family, fostering the growth and welfare of each of its

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members. A starting point for families of new residents and families in crisis, this informative group exposes families to what their loved ones are going through and how they can be supportive. Multi-Family Process Group: After completing family education, families are brought together with their recovering loved ones. Through group, families are able to make healthy changes and arrive at a place of shared understanding. Currently, over 30 families attend one of our three multi-family process groups on Wednesday evenings. Family Support Group: New and veteran families meet weekly for mutual support, hope, and connection, which has been ongoing for more than 15 years. We have learned


Support + Connection

that having relationships with other individuals in their own process of healing is as paramount as the professional services that we offer. Family Immersions and Out-of-Town Family Weekends: During our last Family Weekend, more than twenty families from across the nation flew to Los Angeles to participate in this healing event. The weekend surpassed all of our expectations with families describing not only family healing, but also individual transformation, including the desire to live more authentic and passionate lives. Recognizing the transformative nature of the intensive Family Weekend, we now host Family Immersion Weekends throughout the year. Please contact our Family Program Director for upcoming scheduled weekends.

“Meeting staff, connecting with other families, learning from Rabbi and Harriet, and having the opportunity to focus on our own personal relationship with our son and understand his recovery was wonderful!� - Family Weekend Participant Intervention and Consultation Services: The Beit T’Shuvah family program offers intervention and individual consultation to families in crisis that are struggling with issues of addiction, alcoholism, and mental disorders. Interventions include preintervention counseling and assessment, referral to the most appropriate treatment program for your loved one, door to door transportation of your loved one to treatment, along with continued family consultation. For more information about the Family Program please contact Adam Mindel at 310-204-5200 Ext. 250.

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Re-engaging Residents

Neurofeedback The brain is the most powerful organ in the human body, and it is no doubt that the mental and physical stresses brought on by addiction cause it to suffer. The neurodevelopmental lab at Beit T’Shuvah re-engages residents with their brain muscles. Through the utilization of neurofeedback and cognitive training, this department facilitates the learning, better acquisition, and long-term understanding of information. By attacking addiction at the physiological level, the neurodevelopmental lab successfully trains residents to reduce heightened levels of anxiety and depression, increasing cognitive functioning and attentiveness. The neurodevelopmental lab also researches the underlying cognitive mechanisms of addiction in order to discover novel types of treatment for addictive and compulsive symptoms. The lab has been involved in IRB-approved research studies with Loyola Marymount University and UCLA. For more information about Neurofeedback please contact Clinical Department at 310-204-5200. 34


Feed Your Soul

Mind and Body Fitness Entering treatment and abandoning destructive habits for a life of healing places stress on the mind and body. Beit T’Shuvah’s health and wellness program offers alternative therapies that feed the soul and strengthen the body. From onsite acupuncture, fitness training and nutrition guidance, to yoga and guided meditation, residents are given ample opportunities to rebuild their energy, heal their bodies, and center their minds from the emotional and physical stresses put on by years of neglect.

the power of creation and teaches residents how to tend to something from conception through execution to finished product. With this newest addition to our list of alternative therapies, our residents have even more opportunities to strengthen their bodies, minds, and spirits. At Beit T’Shuvah, we are focused on healing the whole individual and not just the addiction. These programs bring our residents one step closer to a fully restored life and have become an invaluable aspect of the treatment model at Beit T’Shuvah.

This part of our program incorporates a number of different therapies including: • Acupuncture • Surf Therapy • Yoga • Fitness Training • Meditation • Art Therapy • Recording Studio Sessions • LA Marathon Training Organic Gardening: One of Beit T’Shuvah’s newest programs has been breaking ground in getting residents excited about cultivating, growing, and harvesting organic fruits and vegetables. The entire growth process illustrates 35


Beit T’Shuvah in the News “Let Freedom Ring” Jewish Standard – March 2013 “Addicted to Redemption” Jewish Journal – October 2012 “Consul General Makes Historic Visit to Beit T’Shuvah ” Consul General of Israel, Los Angeles – August 2012 “Locals Shine In Beit T’Shuvah Extreme Makeover” The Beverly Hills Courier – June 2012 “From Addicts to Ad Execs” Fastcompany - April 2014 “How Beit T’Shuvah Became Agency BTS” AdAge – September 2011 “Second Annual ‘Knock Out Addiction’ a Smash Success” Extra – September 2011 “An Exodus Out of Addiction” Los Angeles Times – March 2010 “A Place to Heal Broken Hearts” The Jewish Week – April 2013 “Beit T’Shuvah’s 2012 Honda L.A. Marathon Campaign “Run To Save A Soul” Holds the Lead Fundraising Spot, Teaching Recovering Addicts That Anything is Possible” San Francisco Chronicle – November 2011 “Beit T’Shuvah to Host Judge Mark G. Farrell of Amherst, NY Gambling Court” New York News Press – June 2011 “Los Angeles Gambling Addiction” Examiner.com – June 2011

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Let ‘Freedom’ ring L.A. center brings critical addiction message to local teens JOANNE PALMER

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o what does this have to do with me?” Maybe it’s not such a nice question when the evil son asks it at the seder, but sometimes it demands to be asked. When nice Jewish families are told that they should go see a production mounted by a Los Angeles-based rehabilitation center — a musical about addiction, featuring a dysfunctional family and an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting — the question seems logical. The answer is that it has something to do with all of us. In fact, the musical, “Freedom Song,” as presented by Beit T’Shuvah, the Los Angeles center, is an emotionally wrenching and often profound production that has much to do with most of us. It is here to tell us not only that on some level addiction is the entire community’s problem, but also that liberation is possible for all of us. Some basic truths: Many Jews have substance abuse problems. Addictions can be not only to substances but also to behaviors (gambling and overeating, among others). And even those of us who do not have addicts in our immediate families are naïve to believe that they do not exist in our communities — or

At the beginning of “Freedom Song,” the full cast is on stage. that we necessarily would be able to tell them apart from everyone else. Beit T’Shuvah, which houses about 100 residents in the early stages of recovery and is a spiritual center to thousands more, provides a range of services to everyone — Jews

Epiphany and laundry Center’s founder embraces the shadows within her JOANNE PALMER Harriet Rossetto, the founder of Beit T’Shuvah, finally understood one of life’s basic truths. “It all boils down to maintenance,” she said. “Epiphanies and peak experiences evaporate — and then you’re left with the laundry.” Harriet That explains why her memoir is Rossetto called “Sacred Housekeeping.” It traces her story — “the founding of Beit T’Shuvah, and how I came to find myself in the process, and how I found my husband.” (Beit T’Shuvah is the Los Angeles rehabilitation center she created 25 years ago; she is married to Rabbi Mark Borovitz, its spiritual leader, whose magnetism attracts and retains recovering addicts.) “My change began with making my bed,” she said. “Literally. As an antidote to existential despair. “Why bother?” she reported thinking. “Life is hard, and then you die. Making my bed seemed the utmost in futility.” Therefore, “the statement that I matter, that it matters how I live, that it matters how I take care of myself, and maintain myself — making my bed, going to the gym, caring for my clothes — I realized that everything requires maintenance. “My thoughts — so that I don’t think myself into negativity. My spirit requires maintenance; my relationships require maintenance. They don’t just happen naturally. “Maintenance is sacred. That’s where God lives — in the details of daily life.”

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and non-Jews, people who come from the Los Angeles area, and others who fly across the country because there is no place else like it. “It is one of the real magical places in the American Jewish community,” Rabbi Neal Borovitz said. Borovitz is rabbi of Temple

Much of the conversation about Beit T’Shuvah involves dualities — or perhaps more accurately thesis, antithesis, and synthesis, as opposites face off and then gradually are woven together into an integrated whole. “Part of me wanted to save the world. That’s the part that starts projects. And then it is overtaken by the negative voice that says, ‘Are you kidding? You’re never going to do this.’ “It is a seesaw. I couldn’t figure out which was the real me. They’re both the real me. Putting them together requires simple, small actions. That is how you integrate parts of yourself, by doing the right thing even when you don’t want to. “I can be specific,” she continued. “There are times when I don’t feel so great about my husband. If I am in the supermarket, and I see something he likes, I argue with myself. Should I get it, and do the right thing? Put it in the basket, even if I don’t want to right now? Should I take the high road, or be vengeful? Should I go to the gym when I’d rather sleep for the extra hour? “It’s small stuff. Daily stuff. There’s also the weekly stuff. “Friday night is always restorative at Beit T’Shuvah,” she said. “You see who will stand up and express gratitude. There are always things that affirm or reaffirm if you are looking for those things.” She is human — she cannot always look for them. “Sometimes I feel like angry birds are pecking at me,” she said. “Last week, we had a staff member die here suddenly. We worry about money all the time. We always have to spend time on healing.” “I believe duality is part of the human condition,” she continued. She finds great wisdom in the Jewish understanding

Avodat Shalom in River Edge; his brother, Rabbi Mark Borovitz, a former con man and ex-con, now is the charismatic force behind (and the public face of ) Beit T’Shuvah. Harriet Rossetto, a social worker, began Beit T’Shuvah as a homeless shelter and a halfway

of the yetzer hatov and the yetzer harah — the good and evil inclinations, which both live in every human being, and at times seem to have nothing to do with each other. “A teaching has guided my work,” she said. “A rabbi who was a very pious and holy man had followers who were addicts, thieves, drunkards, felons. Nobody could understand it. Someone said, ‘Rabbi, how can you relate to these people?’ And he answered ‘When I look at them, I see myself, and if I see anyone in whom I cannot see myself, it is because I did not look hard enough.’ “People we call normal also have a duality. They deal with it by perfecting the outside. They hold it together with a shell. They deny the problems. “People are ashamed. Most people live with a good deal of shame. At some point, the addict stops trying to look good. He says, ‘I can’t be all good, so why don’t I be all bad,’ instead of trying to integrate. “Yetzer hatov and yetzer harah both come from God,” she said. “It’s not the dialectic of good and evil. The path of spirituality in Judaism is the path of integration. It is becoming whole by embracing the shadow parts of yourself and redirecting them to do good.”

Who: Harriet Rossetto of Beit T’Shuvah What: A breakfast, where she will discuss her memoir, “Sacred Laundry” When: Sunday, March 3, 9:30 a.m. Where: The Ma’ayanot School; 1650 Palisade Ave., Teaneck Why: To give parents a chance to discuss addiction and other issues For: Parents and other adults Cost: $10 How: Register online; do a web search for the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies and follow the link to “Freedom Song,” or call Bess Adler at 201-488-0834

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Hannah Dreyfus Editorial Intern 9-year-old yeshiva student from Borough Park, Yaakov Dovid takes dance lessons. But he’s not learning the hora or traditional Jewish line dances. Like the b-boys and girls in the subway corridors who mix dance and gymnastics, and then pass the hat around, Yaakov is learning how to pop, lock, spin and flip. Welcome to the world of haredi hiphop, in the heart of Orthodox Brooklyn. Walk through the back entrance and down the steps of an inconspicuous residence on East 34th Street between Avenues J and K, and find one of the best-kept secrets in Flatbush: the oneroom dance studio that houses the Brooklyn Jewish Dance Institute. Mirrors cover the walls, and the dancers test out their

Heady moves: Yeshiva boys, their kipas flying, pop, lock and flip at Brooklyn Jewish Dance Institute. HAN NAH DR EYF U S

moves on a neatly paneled wood floor. A boom box sits in the front of the room, pounding out hip-hop rhythms — minus the often-racy lyrics. It’s a recent Tuesday night, and the Advanced Boys Class is taking place inside. The boys, kipas on their heads and sidelocks flying, step and jump in unison to the pulsating beat. “Yes, that’s right, frum boys dancing,” said Rivka Nahari, sitting in the waiting area outside the dance studio, the reverContinued on page 16

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The story of Beit T’Shuvah, a unique L.A. community: part rehab center, part chavurah. The conduct of Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, right, is being scrutinized in the case of David Ranta, left.

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uring a recent interview in my office with Mark Borovitz and Harriet Rossetto, the guiding lights of Beit T’Shuvah: The House of Return, a unique community in Los Angeles that combines spiritual and psychoBetween therapeutic approaches The Lines to addiction recovery, I became increasingly impressed with their work and their own life stories. But that was just the start. Rossetto, a handsome, forthright woman in her 70s, was a social worker and self-

Back from the brink: Harriet Rossetto and Rabbi Mark Borovitz. COU RTESY OF B EIT T’SH UVAH

described misfit, adrift and at a low point when she found her calling in the mid1980s, helping recently released Jewish prisoners find a place to call home and transition back into society. She believed that everyone deserves a chance at redemption. One of those former prisoners was Borovitz, a big bear of a man whose path had veered from a middle-class Midwest Jewish upbringing to alcoholism, gambling and check fraud that landed him behind

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ate last month, after 23 years behind bars for crimes he almost certainly did not commit, a gray-haired David Ranta, 58, carrying a purple fishnet laundry bag containing all his worldly possessions, walked out of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn a free man. (Ranta suffered a serious heart attack just a day after his release but is said to be recovering and in “good spirits). Ranta, who was convicted in 1991 of attempting to rob a chasidic jewelry cou-

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rier and then murdering a prominent chasidic rabbi, was released after a yearlong investigation by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s recently established Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU). The investigation, prompted by Ranta’s trial attorney, Michael Baum, found that “the evidentiary foundation upon which the jury relied in delivering its verdict in this case has been significantly eroded.” In its reporting on the unraveling of the case, The New York Times highlighted the intense community pressure to solve the case and the conduct of one detective in particular as playing major roles in Ranta’s wrongful conviction. Upon Ranta’s release, the head of the CIU, John O’Mara, told The Daily News “We did the right thing,” in releasing Ranta — something that can hardly be disputed.

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Statement of Activites For the year ended June 30, 2013 Revenue and Support

Total Funds 2013

Programs Revenue

$4,938,397

Contributions Revenue

$5,741,650

Investment, Gains and Losses

$712,006

Capital Campaign

$1,174,652

Total Revenue and Support

$12,566,704

Expenses Program Funding

$7,909,220

Management Expenses

$1,030,898

Fund Raising Expenses

$829,332

Total Expenses

$9,769,449

Change in Net Assets

$2,797,255

Performance + Results We are grateful to continue to grow our program during the 2012-2013 fiscal year notwithstanding the continued economic uncertainties, enabling Beit T’Shuvah to share the gifts of recovery with a growing number of constituents across the United States. We are grateful to report that based on the generosity of our donors, we were able to enhance our financial strenth and flexibility. Total contributions increased some $2.0 million. This, combined with a remarkably strong bottom line, made it possible for us to provide 70 people with free care at a total cost of $3,150,000. Our strong performance would not have been possible without the support of our donors, friends, alumni and staff.

Revenues 6%

Expenses 8%

9%

11%

46% 39%

81%

32%

Contributions Revenue

Program Funding

Programs Revenue

Management Expenses

Investment, Gains and Losses

Fund Raising Expenses

Capital Campaign

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Board of Directors + Staff Board Members

Dr. Bill Resnick, Chairman Annette Shapiro, President Lise Applebaum Heidi Bendetson Lynn Bider Jessica Boar Rabbi Mark Borovitz Joyce Brandman Warren Breslow, Chairperson Emeritus Emily Corleto Samuel Delug David Elston Jon Esformes John Fishel Pat Gage Mel Gagerman Jeffrey Glassman Carolyn Gold Beverly Gruber Salli Harris Roberta Holland Russell Kern Dr. Susan Krevoy Diane Licht Virginia Maas Bradley H. Mindlin Nancy Mishkin, Chairperson Emeritus Donald S. Passman Joan Praver Ed Praver Heidi Praw Avi Reichental Janice Kamenir-Reznik Harriet Rossetto David Ruderman Ronnie Stabler Frank Wurtzel Jill Black Zalben

Honorary Board Members Sheldon Appel Donald J. Berghoff Robert Felixson* Herb Gelfand Robert Gluckstein* Brindell Gottlieb Blair Belcher Kohan Shelley Kozek Chuck Maltz Cheri Morgan Mike Nissenson Jan Rosen Richard Schulman Rena Slomovic Craig Taubman Lisi Teller 38

Greg Vilkin Dr. Howard Wallach* Brad Wiseman Hal Wiseman* Robert Wiviott * Deceased

Executive Management Harriet Rossetto, LCSW / CEO Rabbi Mark Borovitz / COO Dr. Garrett O’Connor, M.D. Bill Resnick, M.D., MBA Adam Mindel, MA, CAADAC-II Yeshaia Blakeney, CAADAC Rebecca Share, PsyD Doug Rosen, MA, MFT Eliana Katz

Human Resources

Robert Miller , PHR-CA, CPDM, WCCP / Human Resources Director

Business Department

Gela Katrikh-Tsyrlina / Controller Zoe Warner / Insurance Administrator

Development

Alison Gabler / Development Manager Barbara Friedman / Events Coordinator Brian Rivera / Development Associate / Database Administrator Jennifer Gerber / Development Associate / Grants Manager Fanya Cohen / PR Director

Congregation

Yeshaia Blakeney, CAADAC / Student Rabbi Rachel Goldman / Cantor Rabbi Matt Shapiro / Director of Jewish Learning, Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute Rabbi Shira Freidlin / Spiritual Director Adam Siegel / Spiritual Counselor / Director of Community Outreach Rabbi Gavriel Hershoff / Spiritual Counselor

Music & Arts

James Fuchs / Director, Arts in Recovery Laura Bagish / Music Director Aaron Delug / Assistant Music Director

Family Program

Adam Mindel, MA, CAADAC-II / Family Program Director

Clinical

Rebecca Share, PsyD / Director, Clinical Training and Supervision Brandon Berry / Intake Coordinator Martin Snyder / Clinical Administrator / Counselor Kalina O’Connor / Program Coordinator Kim Sherman / Clinical Coordinator

Ashley Nahai / Lead Counselor Alicia Brandt / Counselor Nessa Feinstein / Counselor Daryn Fond / Counselor Ellen Poyer / Counselor Kelly Mulligan / Counselor Dean Steinberg / Counselor Lance Wright / Counselor Andy Besser / Counselor David Baer / Lead Program Facilitator Supervisor Don Owen / Program Facilitator Supervisor Lexy Nolte / Program Facilitator Zac Jones / Program Facilitator Diana Margulies / Program Facilitator Lauren Meadows / Program Facilitator Vincent Luciano / Program Facilitator Cynthia Canary / Overnight Program Facilitator Joe Lancaster / Overnight Program Facilitator

Youth Services

Douglas Rosen, MFT / Director Jessica Fishel / Assistant Director / Freedom Song Coordinator Nicole Goodman / Program Facilitator Zoe Ogulnick, MFT / Educational Coordinator Gavriella Applebaum / Eating Disorder Prevention Program Coordinator

Alternative Sentencing

Carrie Newman / Alternative Sentencing Coordinator Janet Markowitz/ Alternative Sentencing Associate Rachel Ehrman / Alternative Sentencing Assistant

The Elaine Breslow Addiction Institute Garrett O’Connor, MD / Director Jennifer Gerber / Institute Administrator

Right Action Gambling Program

Yael Landa, M.A. / Program Coordinator Alicia Brandt / Counselor / Therapist / Group Facilitator

Creative Matters (formerly BTS Communications) Eliana Katz / General Manager Kendl Ferencz / Senior Art Director Wendy North/ Business Development Manager Martin Chavez/ Account Manager Mory Benperlas/ Account Manager Josh Silver / Senior Copywriter Stephanie Lager/ Copywriter Justin Rosenberg / Photographer Bret Lugo / Graphic Designer Talya Asserman / Graphic Designer

Susan and Leonard Nimoy Career Center Alison Goldberg, M.S. / Career Services Director Anne-Marie Beck / Career Services Counselor


IT

Jonathan Reznik / Manager

Facilities

Craig Miller / Maintenance Director Aryeh Schuler / Maintenance Assistant Russell Harrison / Maintenance Assistant

Kitchen

Rod Moses / Chef Cassandra Kaminski / Sous Chef

Thrift Store

Carlton Knight / General Manager Mordekhai Moadeb / Assistant Manager Helen Murray / Donations Manager Dorothy Primack / Administrative Assistant Diana Zagha / Donations Assistant Michelle Amesqua / Floor staff Sara Devis / Floor Staff Daniel Ardel / Floor Staff Elizabeth Edmonson / Floor staff Arsenio Garcia / Floor Staff Kelvin Johnson / Floor Staff

Maria Romo / Floor Staff Yolanda Sandoval / Floor staff Andy Slavkin / Floor Staff Mickey Baer / Driver Jonathan Titcher / Driver

Administration

Susan Reneau / Administrative Assistant Peri Kraft / Counseling Administrative Assistant Ryan Kopald / Reception Nina Jo Davies / Reception

Foundations Foundations

The Ahmanson Foundation Alon and Shari Friendship Foundation, Inc. The Annenberg Foundation Sheldon and Carol Appel Family Foundation Berger Family Foundation Lynn & Les Bider Family Foundation The Saul Brandman Foundation Warren and Elaine Breslow Family Foundation Culver City Rotary Community Foundation Dart-L Foundation Eileen and Harold Brown Foundation Erwin Rautenberg Foundation The Feintech Family Foundation Frank and Toby Berman Family Foundation Sanford M. Gage Foundation Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown Charity Fund The David Geffen Foundation The Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Foundation The Goldrich Family Foundation The Goldsmith Family Foundation Goodman Family Charitable Trust The Green Foundation Harris Family Foundation The Morris A. Hazan Family Foundation Held Foundation Henry Friedricks Foundation Inc. Hitter Family Foundation Jewish Child and Family Service Jewish Community Foundation Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Judi Kaplan Foundation, Inc. The Karsh Family Foundation Keiter Family Foundation Louis & Clara Kennedy Family Foundation Kissick Family Foundation The Hyman Levine Family Foundation: L’Dor V’Dor Liberty Hill Foundation The Libitzky Family Foundation B.N. Maltz Foundation Marcia Israel Foundation The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation Michael Koss Charitable Foundation The Milken Family Foundation Todd M. Morgan Foundation Muskin Family Foundation

Nathan Family Foundation Needham Foundation Trust Niznick Family Foundation Ornest Family Foundation The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation The Polinger-Cohen Charitable Foundation Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation Resnick Family Foundation, Inc. Robbins Family Foundation Robert Margolis Foundation Ruby Family Foundation The Richard and Ellen Sandler Family Foundation The Mark Schulman & Esther Schulman Foundation The Sidney, Milton and Leoma Simon Foundation (Florida) Alan B. Slifka Foundation Snyder Family Foundation The Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation The Greenberg Foundation The Mae & Marvin Goodson Family Foundation The Steven and Ilyse Teller Charitable Foundation Wallis Foundation Weingart Foundation Weisman Family Foundation Weiss Family Foundation The Edna & Mickey Weiss Family Foundation Witherbee Foundation Ziegler Family Trust The Angell Foundation

Corporate Donations

207 Anderson, LLC A & S Metal Recycling, Inc. Active Network ADCO Roofing Am Shalom Anonymous Donor Authentic Recovery LLC Bank of America Commercial Real Estate B Beats Electronics, LLC CBS Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Comerica Bank Congregation B’nai Israel Corleto & Ackerman LLP Cosmic Cowboy Trading LLC

CR Investments Elektra Records Endeavor Fox Entertainment Francis, Sadikoff & Nachson LLP Fred Leeds Property Management G. Adler-J. Frydrych Charitable Fund Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Robert I. Gluckstein Investments Goldrich & Kest Industries, LLC Goodman Family Charitable Trust Irving and Dorothy Gordon Living Trust Greenberg Traurig HBO Health Champions J Brand, Inc. JAKKS Pacific, Inc. Jewish Family and Childrens Service Levin & Stein Luminous Capital Holdings, LLC Main Street Advisors, Inc. Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills Meridith Baer Home Mount Sinai Memoral Parks & Mortuaries NBC Entertainment Network For Good NOS Communications Inc. NSBN PayPal Pringle, Inc. The Real Estate Principals Organization SGD Enterprises Shady Records Showtime Networks INC. Snyder Diamond Sony Music Entertainment Sun-Lite Metals, Inc. Thrifty Oil Co. Topson Downs of California, Inc. Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Union Bank United Talent Agency Universal Media Studios Universal Music Group, Inc. Warner Bros. Entertainment William Morris Agency Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer 39


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