By Chris Alvarez
An inspiring evening, chock-full of smashing successes and blockbuster performances recently took place within the confines of the Beit T’Shuvah sanctuary. Residents past and present, staff, and temple members took part in the annual talent show, which was a night that few will forget.
By far the most highly attended talent show in Beit T’Shuvah’s history, the night started off with an amazing array of performances. Playing to a standing room only crowd, resident and intern Gabi S wowed the crowd with her rousing and emotive rendition of Aretha Franklins 1967 hit song, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” A hilariously inspiring song and dance number by Rabbi Shira, including backup dancers, followed Gabi’s performance. Subsequently, those in attendance were treated to Jeff L’s energetic performance of The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”
After the first Act, it was undeniably clear that the courage and strength of all the performers was contagious, and I found myself wishing I had something to share with the community. If this opening act was any indication of what was to come—the audience would assuredly be impressed with Act 2.
The second Act began with a sanctification of musical genius. Former residents Zach D and Aaron D performed two cover songs with their band, The Vultures. The performance, which brought the crowd to its feet, was spirited, energetic, and fun—they are glowing examples of what courage, patience, and determination has to offer. Afterwards the crowd was treated to a hilarious comedy routine by up-and-coming talent, Geoffrey F, who, with the help of Beit T’Shuvah, is realizing his dream of becoming a stand-up comic. The comedy continued with Yonah F’s hysterical original song, “Day-Patient Princess,” which poked fun at a timeless theme in recovery, the “13th Step.”
The night closed with Gabi returning to the stage, this time with Arielle T, the duet closed out the night by performing the motivational song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” sending a message to all in attendance that no matter what obstacles you face there is a way to overcome them.
What was your favorite moment or performance from the talent show?