About Us

Our Mission:
Beit T’Shuvah is both a residential treatment center and a full-service congregation offering religious services, holiday celebrations and study. Additionally, the treatment center offers outreach to the entire community including prevention programs, family and alumni counseling and support, court advocacy and professional training.
Our vision is to reduce the incidence of addiction and other harmful behaviors through individual and family education. The Beit T’Shuvah campus is located in West Los Angeles. The facility is a homey setting where approximately 120 residents interact with clinical staff in a healing atmosphere that emphasizes faith-based recovery and the values of the Jewish community. Addiction is a disease of the body, mind and spirit and Beit T’Shuvah offers a dynamic program to meet the individual needs of each resident in every stage of recovery.

Our Philosophy:

Addiction is a symptom of divided self; an unhealthy dependence on substances or compulsive activities to provide a temporary sense of wholeness and well-being. It is a “dis-ease” of body, mind, soul and spirit. Recovery therefore requires an integrative approach. The Integrative Recovery Model at Beit T’Shuvah is a unique blend of Jewish spirituality, cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-step philosophy and the creative arts. The ambiance of the residential setting is a both therapeutic and residential community.

Our Vision:

Our vision is to reduce the incidence of addiction and other harmful behaviors through individual and family education. The Beit T’Shuvah campus is located in West Los Angeles. The facility is a homey setting where approximately 120 residents interact with clinical staff in a healing atmosphere that emphasizes faith-based recovery and the values of the Jewish community. Addiction is a disease of the body, mind and spirit and Beit T’Shuvah offers a dynamic program to meet the individual needs of each resident in every stage of recovery.

Our History:

Beit T’Shuvah is an outgrowth of the Jewish Committee for Personal Service (JCPS), an organization started in 1921 by a small group of Rabbis and Social Workers to “serve Jews who were serving time.”

Harriet Rossetto joined the staff of JCPS in 1984.  She was soon frustrated by the cycle of recidivism and the absence of any resources to help the offender re-enter the community.  An article by Dr. Abraham Twersky, Judaism and the Twelve Steps, inspired her version of a home for Jewish ex-cons and addicts that integrated Jewish spirituality and the 12-step principles of recovery.

In 1987, with a grant from FEMA and a loan from the Jewish Community Foundation, Gateways Hospital bought an old house at 216 South Lake Street in Los Angeles and opened the doors of Beit T’Shuvah.  The original mission was to provide transitional living and reentry services to Jewish men being released from jails and prisons.

The program has broadened in scope over the years to reach out to Jews who may have had no legal problems but who are struggling with a wide range of addictive behaviors.  As the program grew, so did the waiting list and the dream of a new facility that could accommodate more people, including women, and provide adequate space for group meetings and religious services.

A core of prominent Los Angeles volunteers who would later become the founding Board of Directors of Beit T’Shuvah embarked on a capital campaign.  Through the personal generosity and dedication of these volunteers, over 5 million dollars were raised to purchase and renovate a new facility.

On November 10, 1999, Beit T’Shuvah moved with 34 residents into a beautiful campus at 8831 Venice Boulevard.  Today, we have over 100 residents!  In addition, over 2500 community members participate in Beit T’Shuvah spiritual and educational programs per year.  Our hope of having adequate space for group meetings and religious services has been realized.

On August 27, 2001 Beit T’Shuvah became an independent agency.  After 16 yeas of benefiting from the guidance and support of Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center, Beit T’Shuvah is now its own entity-and a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation.

Beit T’Shuvah has earned local and national recognition as a leader in the field of faith-based recovery.

2 responses to “About Us

  1. Ben Francke

    I happy to hear that you have made so much progress
    an old friend Ben Francke saying hi from Israel doing very good and happy.

  2. trudi

    Hello I am the mother of two beautiful Jewish Little girls, who I have brought up Jewish, and I studied Judaism with the purpose of converting up until my addictions got the better of me when my marriage ended.

    I now live in England and I am completely clean but would like to find people within the community to get support from when I am struggling. That way I can finally finish my conversation and Hebrew studies.and I wondered if you know of any similar place for me in the UK?

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