Tikvat Israel Congregation Rockville MD

A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland

Freedom Song: A Musical About Addiction & Recovery in the Jewish Community

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Date(s) - Tuesday, November 12, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Los Angeles-based Beit T’shuvah (the only Jewish in-patient treatment center for people with addictions) brings “Freedom Song” to Tikvat Israel. Freedom Song is a transformative musical that interweaves a Passover Seder with personal stories of addiction, posing one stark question—“What are you a slave to?”


Performed by recovering addicts from the Los Angeles Beit T’Shuvah addiction treatment center
Freedom Song is an original musical created and performed by recovering addicts who are current or past residents of Beit T’Shuvah. Freedom Song focuses on a family celebrating a Passover Seder while confronting the impact of addiction. It celebrates their strength in accepting challenges and overcoming shame and fear. Interspersed are scenes from a 12-Step meeting, giving the audience an inside look at the process of recovery. 

Following the performance, audience members are encouraged to ask questions of the cast, who courageously and honestly share their own stories of addiction and recovery.

The performance provides an opportunity for the Jewish community to understand addiction in our midst; a chance to shine the light of openness and honesty on a hidden, often stigmatized topic and celebrate these recovering addicts who will always battle addiction; a time to ask real questions and get real answers from cast members who have journeyed through addiction to recovery; and a chance for every one of us who cares about addiction recovery to come out, stand up and support those among us who struggle.

Beit T’Shuvah is a residential addiction treatment center, a congregation, and an educational institute where life is celebrated and every soul matters. Our philosophy is that addiction is a symptom of a divided self, an unhealthy dependence on substances or compulsive activities to provide a temporary sense of wholeness and well-being. Through a community rooted in the spiritual principles of Judaism, authenticity and transparency, Beit T’Shuvah members are taught to live in concert with their own inner value, dignity, and Kedusha (holiness). We believe everyone has the right to redemption, which is why we never turn a single soul away due to their inability to pay… allowing all who wish to make T’Shuvah.