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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy

Mission: Our mission is to restore lost souls and return them to themselves, their families and the community through a healing community of Jewish spirituality, 12 Step recovery and psychotherapy.

Geographic areas served: all

Programs: Treatment programs - in-patient and out-patientin-patientthe most important component of the beit t'shuvah faith-based model of recovery is the spiritual community. It is through this community of study, meditation, prayer and discussion that the residents transition from behavior patterns of perfectionism, failure, isolation and entitlement to life goals of progress, accountability, and gratitude. Residents look to religious archetypes, shared heritage, and communal wisdom for the strength to alter their behavior. Beit t'shuvah has many levels of residential treatment, designed to give each resident a unique continuum of care that provides an individualized program within guidelines. Each resident is closely monitored by members of our leadership team as he/she progresses throughout the various programs to ensure a healthy transition into a sober life. Residential treatment varies in length according to individual client needs, but typically involves six months' residence. Primary care: while in primary care, residents benefit from all prongs of our integrative recovery. Upon entering beit t'shuvah, residents are assigned a staff counselor with expertise in addiction counseling, an individual therapist, and a spiritual counselor from our clergy staff. Residents also participate in group therapy sessions, 12-step meetings, torah study, and music process groups. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities within our arts in recovery program, including choir, creative writing, and participation in our original musical, freedom song. The career center also provides skills assessment and assists residents in location occupational training/placement and educational opportunities as each resident progresses through the primary care program. A full time career counselor works with beit t'shuvah residents and alumni to prepare them to re-enter the workforce. Services include career assessments, vocational training and job placement. The career center includes a complete resource library as well as access to the internet and world wide web. Sober living: the sober living program is open to individuals with over four months of recovery. Residents resume work and pay rent while still participating in therapy, torah study, and 12-step meetings. Independent living: apartment-style living, located on a separate floor of the beit t'shuvah campus, is available to graduates of the beit t'shuvah program. Residents of this community-within-a-community enjoy private rooms and autonomy while still having the healing presence of the greater beit t'shuvah community and the option of participating in community activities. Out-patientas part of our continued and growing commitment to offering a complete continuum of care, we have now instituted affordable outpatient counseling for not only individuals, couples and families within the beit t'shuvah community, but also from the wider jewish community. We address the needs of families who can benefit from individual treatment and education whether they are connected to our program or not. Day patient: day patient treatment is tailored fit to each individual's needs. Care ranges from individual weekly sessions to full participation in daily groups, individual therapy, shabbat services and torah study. Individuals are admitted to day-patient treatment at staffs' discretion. Alumni aftercare: recovery from addiction is a life-long process that requires constant vigilance. Ironically, the risk of relapse for the addict is greatest when he achieves his goals and appears to be thriving. The external trappings of success feed into the addicts' denial system, allowing him to believe that he is "normal" and therefore exempt from the required daily actions to maintain sobriety. It is necessary to keep alumni connected with one another and beit t'shuvah to remind them of the dangers of relapse. Therefore, beit t'shuvah provides: two weekly men's alumni groupsalumni torah study for men and womenone woman's alumni grouptraining program for alumni to volunteer as paraprofessional counselorsindividual and spiritual counseling as neededsocial, recreational, and spiritual events that keep alumni connected to the beit t'shuvah community.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Steve Stewart

Client Served

Rating: 5

Took me in from prison. Helped reconnect with family. Helped me find a community. The founders Harriet Rossetto and Rabbi Mark Borovitz have been in my thoughts every day for the past 20 years.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Beit T' Shuvah since 1999. They actively seek out Addicts who are in need of spirituality and an opportunity to reconnect with the Jewish Community. The Founder Harriet Rosetto is a nationally known and respected author on addiction. The program she founded along with her husband Rabbi Mark Borovitz , a motivational speaker and best selling author, has rewritten the lives of all they have touched. While I was raised Conservative, the shule and it's congregants are Reformed. They welcome all in need. regardless of ability to pay. Once you visit during Shabbat you are immediately immersed in the Beit T' Shuvah experience. It is different, joyful and uplifting.

Review from Guidestar

1 Russell K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with this organization for 4 years. It delivers on its promise to save souls by helping its residents find their purpose and discover their purpose. The Rabbi and Harriet (the founder) are passionate about never throwing anyone away. They have committed their lives to helping those in need, from any religion overcome the ravages of addiction. Every dollar donate, every hour invested to help the organization comes by ten fold. I highly recommend Beit T'Shuvah as a GREAT Nonprofit organization.

1 Emily B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beit T'Shuvah saved my life, helped to transform me, and is responsible for the life I lead today. I never understood the essence or benefit of community until I experienced Beit T'Shuvah. I am touched and renewed on a weekly basis by visiting and participating in Shabbat services. My life is fuller, both spiritually and literally, because of Beit T'Shuvah. I was a shell of a girl when I walked up the steps of Beit T'Shuvah, now I am a strong woman, wife and mother. I have nothing by gratitude and love for Beit T'Shuvah.

2 Bill36

Board Member

Rating: 5

Beit T'Shuvah is a unique and incredible organization. More than a residential treatment center or a synagogue or an outreach and addiction prevention team (though it is all of those) - it is a vibrant and healing community. Beit T'Shuvah combines Jewish spiritual teachings and values with twelve steps and psychotherapy - and various other creative endeavors - to engage its clients and community members in finding their passion and purpose in life. It reaches people that often don't find - or can't afford - other help. We have a generous and involved board and many volunteers, and are a training ground for many therapists and spiritual counselors. Friday night services are inspirational and regularly draw crowds of 300. If you are in Los Angeles, come see for yourself!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My life changed from my experience at Beit T'Shuvah. Miracles happened there. My friend who had been at 13 rehabs before found sobriety at Beit T'Shuvah. Another friend who lived on the street because of his heinous crack addiction found sobriety and love at Beit T'Shuvah. One more, a heroine addict came from jail, found sobriety and a new inspiration for his music. With his help, Beit T'Shuvah created an empowering music in recovery department. I have witnessed miracles at Beit T'Shuvah and proud to be part of its community. Harriet Rossetto and Rabbi Mark Borovitz has helped save the lives of over 4000 people, they have reunited parents with their children whom they thought had been lost to addiction. Now these parents, instead of planning funerals, are celebrity sobriety, life and love with their children in recovery. Rabbi Mark and Harriet are true heroes to this community. They have brought together an amazing staff who are equally dedicated to the physical and emotional survival of the individuals and families suffering from addiction.