Midrash Shabbat: Beit T’Shuvah
Saturday, November 11th, following Taste of Shabbat Services and a Kiddush Luncheon
We are pleased to welcome Rabbi Andrew Markowitz, Director of Spiritual Programming at Beit T’Shuvah in Los Angeles who will lead our learning. Rabbi Markowitz, along with an alumnus of the Beit T’Shuvah program, will address addiction, recovery, Torah, and brokenness.
Beit T’Shuvah’s Mission
Our mission is to guide individuals and families towards a path of living well, so that wrestling souls can recover from addiction and learn how to properly heal. The Beit T’Shuvah faith-based model, founded on authenticity and wholeness, integrates spirituality, psychotherapy, Jewish teachings, the 12 Steps, and the creative arts. We are a compassionate, supportive community, devoted to building an empowering sense of belonging and purpose to everyone who seeks it. Beit T’Shuvah believes everyone has the right to redemption, and practices never turning a single soul away due to their inability to pay… allowing for all who wish, to make T’Shuvah. Donations to Beit T’Shuvah are gratefully accepted.
Our thanks to Debbie and Steve Mishek for hosting this month’s Midrash Shabbat in honor of all those who struggle with addiction and their families who support them. In addition, Debbie and Steve wish honor our veterans and thank them for their service.
Child care will be available during the learning.
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Rabbi Andy serves the Beit T’Shuvah community as the Director of Spiritual Programming. He was ordained as a rabbi and received an MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in May 2017. Having spent over 10 years working in various Jewish educational settings, Rabbi Andy has a passion for teaching Torah to help people live meaningful and enriching lives.
Rabbi Andy’s Beit T’Shuvah story began when he visited BTS for an immersion in the Spring of 2014. After spending a long shabbat afternoon learning with BTS residents, he found his worldview challenged had fundamentally changed. Rabbi Andy credits the vibrancy of his current spiritual life with the Torah of recovery and Beit T’Shuvah.
His role at Beit T’Shuvah includes facilitating and organizing various spiritual and Jewish learning groups for the treatment program, serving the BTS congregation as rabbi and teacher, working with residents as a spiritual counselor, helping to organize all learning and spiritual opportunities for the larger BTS community, and working with the larger clergy team to infuse as much yiddishkeit (Jewish spirituality) as possible into all of our offerings at BTS.
Rabbi Andy comes home each day to his wonderful and supportive wife, Michelle, and adorable son, Simcha (Simmy).