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Jewish-themed musical about addiction, recovery

Jewish-themed musical about addiction, recovery

Recovering addicts perform in “Freedom Song.”
Recovering addicts perform in “Freedom Song.”

JEWISH FAMILY & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS) and the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, along with close to a dozen synagogues and donors in greater Mercer and Bucks counties, will present “Freedom Song,” a musical production intended to shatter the myth that Jews are immune to addiction. The performance will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. at the NJ Hospital Association Conference Center in Princeton.

“Freedom Song” was created by Beit T’Shuvah, a residential addiction treatment center in Los Angeles, and the cast is comprised of addicts in recovery. By interweaving a Passover seder with personal stories of addiction, the musical poses one stark question: What are you a slave to?

“This is a perfect opportunity to be open about addiction — a topic that is often associated with shame within the Jewish community,” said Michelle Napell, executive director of JFCS. “By showcasing real people who are in recovery, we hope to raise awareness of the prevalence of addiction and opportunities for recovery.”

The program is free; RSVP at or call 609-987-8100, ext. 104.

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