Developed from an informal gathering of residents for Friday night Shabbats over 20 years ago, Beit T’Shuvah has formalized into a fully-functioning synagogue with a congregation made up in large of the community of residents, alumni, family, and friends of Beit T’shuvah.
Services at Temple Beit T’Shuvah are a unique experience, unlike that of any other synagogue or Jewish place of worship anywhere. Senior Rabbi Mark Borovitz’ messages of living one’s purpose, wrestling with G-d and that everyone is a holy soul touch every person who walks through our doors.
The soul of the Friday Night Shabbat service is the sharing of T’shuvah. Community members express gratitude, make amends to one another and declare their new-found responses to life situations. The honesty and courage of the residents in this life-and-death struggle to remain sober and connect with G-d uplifts and opens the hearts of all who attend. Another integral part of the Beit T’Shuvah experience, and part of what truly sets it apart, is the non-traditional approach Temple Beit T’Shuvah has to music and prayer throughout the service. This style plays an important role in residents’ therapy as well as providing beautiful and uplifting music for the congregation. It all adds together to create a spiritual experience that not only keeps people coming back, but also shows that Judaism is relevant and can help people find meaning and purpose in their lives.
In addition to weekly Shabbat services on Friday night and Saturday morning, Temple Beit T’Shuvah celebrates all major Jewish Holidays (highlights including recovery seders for Pesach, spirited services of T’shuvah for High Holidays, and an all-night study session for Shavuot), as well as officiates all major life-cycle events.