My name is Rachel Lurie, I am a former resident of Beit T’Shuvah and some of you may know me now as Rabbi Mark Borovitz’s Assistant.
I made the decision the other day to remove a Blog that Rabbi Mark had posted called “I’m a Rabbi and I need your help”, and to also remove the ensuing responses that came from that Blog. I have now been asked by the Rabbi and the Director of Marketing, John Sullivan to explain to you all why I made that decision.
I came to Beit T’Shuvah from Toronto, Canada on November 24th, 2008 and 20 months, almost from the day I got here I moved out. My journey started off very rocky and very dark. I had an extremely difficult time believing this place that I had come to from so far away was going to be able to help me after such a long time of using drugs and drinking alcohol. I thought I was beyond saving. I was wrong. This place, this House of Return, changed my life. The staff here and the friends that I made here helped me to realize that I WAS a child of G-d and that my soul was not forever lost to addiction. Slowly but surely the light inside me began to grow until I was faced with the prospect of having to go back to Canada. I was stuck. All of my friends were moving through the program as they should and I was stuck. I couldn’t work and for the life of me couldn’t figure out how I was going to stay.
Rabbi Mark changed all of that for me. He got me an Immigration Attorney and paid the fees for the Visa extensions to give me time to figure out what I was going to do. Over the past year I started working at Beit T’Shuvah and have now applied for my green card that is due to arrive in October.
I say all of this to you because I want people to read the Blog’s posted on the Beit T’Shuvah page to hear about the lives that are saved here and the experience strength and hope that not only the residents of Beit T’Shuvah find but their families as well.
Rabbi Mark posted his Blog in the hopes that he would get some constructive criticism to better him as the Spiritual Leader of our Community. What happened instead is that it was used by some as a forum for their personal attacks and vicious comments. Those comments do not reflect what Beit T’Shuvah is about and it is certainly not a compass for the unbelievable work that the staff does here every day.
If there are those of you who have a personal issue with Rabbi Mark, I would direct you to post that to his Facebook page or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not tarnish the name and reputation of a place that has saved countless lives, and will hopefully continue to do so for many years to come.