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A new play about freedom from addiction is coming to Orlando


March 22, 2019

Today there is a severe addiction problem in the United States. Jews are rarely associated with this side of life. However, no one is immune, and Jews are not immune to the devastation of addiction. One residential addiction treatment center, Beit T’Shuvah, has taken steps to reach out to communities in an effort to bring prevention and presents the play “Freedom Song” to communities across the country.

Beit T’Shuvah is more than a treatment center. It is also a congregation and education center. Rooted in the spiritual principles of Judaism, Beit T’Shuvah members are taught to live in concert with their own inner value, dignity, and Kedusha: holiness.

“Freedom Song” is also more than a play, it is a powerful show for adults and teens that exposes the truths of the real life struggles and challenges of people recovering from addiction.

The play will be shown here at Congregation Ohev Shalom on April 11, 7 p.m.

“Freedom Song” is the story of a Jewish family’s struggle with an addicted daughter. The actors are real recovering addicts who share their experiences and shatter the myth that anyone is immune to addiction.

The setting is a Passover Seder and the “guests” share their personal exodus from the slavery of addiction through song and dance. It’s a perfect setting actually since the story of the Passover is the story of being set free from bondage.

After the play, the cast opens the floor to discussion that “will open your eyes to the real life struggle against the ‘bondage of self’ that we all fight every day.”

“From the moment Michal Osteen shared ‘Freedom Song’ with me, I felt passionate about bringing it to our community. Michal is the one who spearheaded ‘Freedom Song’ coming to Orlando. This program resonates with almost all people,” said Donna Shader Render, a life-long Orlando resident.

Tickets are available at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-song-live-show-tickets-57550943421 and are $8 for adults and $5 students.

Congregation Ohev Shalom is located at 613 Concourse Pkwy S. Maitland.


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