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Freedom Song, A Musical Production About Addiction and Recovery in the Jewish Community, Arrives in South Florida

April 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Freedom Song, an Original Musical Production Created and Performed by Recovering Addicts, Ideal for Teens, Parents and Families
 Substance use disorder and addiction is a national epidemic, and South Florida has continued to be in the center of it all. That’s why Freedom Song, a musical production created and performed by individuals who are current or past residents of Beit T’Shuvah, the interdenominational Jewish treatment program in Los Angeles, seeks to bring to life the family experience of addiction within our South Florida Jewish community. Ideal for kids age 13 and up, their parents, and anyone interested in better understanding substance abuse and family dynamics, Freedom Song is free and open to the public.
Freedom Song showcases a family celebrating Passover while also confronting the impact of substance use disorder. Scenes from a 12-Step meeting are interspersed throughout the performance, which is an examination of the impact of addiction on a Jewish family and a celebration of the strength of the family to accept challenges and overcome shame and fear. It is appropriate for both adults and teens.
“The play shows the parallels of a modern family Seder and a 12-Step meeting, bringing the lessons of historical slavery and personal bondage to all ages,” explains Rabbi Mark Borovitz. “Freedom Song not only draws parallels between being a slave in Egypt and being a slave to addiction, but it forces the audience to take a look within themselves.”
WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM 
WHERE: Olympic Heights Community High School, 20101 Lyons Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33434
DETAILS: The Freedom Song case consists of recovering addicts who have broken off the shackles of drugs, alcohol, gambling, and other destructive behaviors. Using song and dance, tears and laughter, and an intimate post-show discussion with the cast, Freedom Songconveys the real-life struggle against the “bondage of self” that people, whether addicts or not, go through every day. Q&A with the cast will be held after the show.
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS), in partnership with Alpert Jewish Family Service, launched a substance use awareness program in January 2018. The program is committed to addressing the needs of the community through education, awareness and prevention programs surrounding substance use disorder. It is specifically geared towards parents, grandparents, educators, synagogue professionals, and the community interested in the topic.
Sponsors of Freedom Song include: Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS), Congregation Shaarei Kodesh, Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JJCF)
(There will be a second performance of Freedom Song on April 7, 2019 and The Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens, made possible by Alpert Jewish Family Service. Learn more or RSVP here.)

About JFS CARES (Community Awareness Resources and Education for those families struggling with Substance use disorder)
In 2018, JFS CARES was created in response to the continued upward trend of fatalities within Palm Beach County. Palm Beach County recorded nearly 600 fatal overdoses in 2017 (according to a February 2018 report from Palm Healthcare Foundation) and JFS, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, felt like the time was right for us to move in this direction. As part of JFS’ Outreach effort, JFS added a Substance Use Outreach Coordinator to its team to address the impact of substance use and related disorders on families by engaging with local spiritual leaders, professionals and educators to raise awareness and address the stigma associated with this mental health issue. The difficulty family members experience when trying to understand this illness is unparalleled. Families become riddled with shame, believing that they are responsible for what is often perceived as a moral failing. The goal of JFS CARES is to assist families understand what recovery is for their loved ones and themselves. JFS believes that education and outreach will help develop the emotional support systems and connections families need. For additional information on JFS CARES, contact Sharon Burns-Carter, CAC, JFS Substance Use Outreach Coordinator at 561.852.3333 or 
About Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health services, career and employment services, family and children’s services, and many volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who reach thousands in need each year. For more information contact 561-852-3333. Learn more at www.RalesJFS.org
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