We get a boost in this week's Jewish newspaper. The Jewish Journal wrote a beautiful series of articles on Beit T'shuvah, a Jewish rehab clinic/synagogue/halfway house in Culver City. Beit T'shuvah is one of LA's gems, helping with the vast population of Jewish alcoholics, addicts and their families.
In the small lobby, a teenage boy with blondish hair sits passively on a couch, staring at the wall, not reacting to the threats thrown his way.
His mother, her face puffy from crying, pleads with her husband, the boy's enraged stepfather, who slams in and out of the building, furiously yelling that the boy stole his car and his money to buy drugs.
Rabbi Mark Borovitz tries to calm everyone down, but he gives no solace to the boy, telling him firmly that he's screwed up and will have to pay for it. "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime," says the rabbi -- a refrain from his own criminal past.
Hang out for any length of time at Beit T'Shuvah, a Jewish rehab clinic/synagogue/halfway house in Culver City, and you might have your heart broken by scenes like this. The residents, about 110 men and women of all ages, nearly all of them Jewish, are drug addicts and alcoholics -- often with a criminal record. Read more
Take a look at two other articles on this topic:
One day at a time, one person at a time
Drug abuse debate: Legalization, medication or therapy?