Beit T’Shuvah appoints Michael Perice as senior rabbi

Perice brings a powerful personal connection to addiction and twelve years of spiritual counseling to one of the nation’s premier Jewish addiction treatment centers.

Rabbi Michael Perice. Credit: Courtesy of Beit T'Shuvah.
Rabbi Michael Perice. Credit: Courtesy of Beit T'Shuvah.

Beit T’Shuvah, an addiction recovery community, treatment center, synagogue and educational institute where every soul matters, announced the appointment of Rabbi Michael Perice as senior rabbi. Perice will lead Beit T’Shuvah’s congregation, which has a unique approach to faith, community and spirituality that offers individuals and families a deeply personal, meaningful healing experience.

Perice is a nationally recognized leader in the addiction and mental-health space, who bravely speaks about his personal struggles with addiction to spark conversations inside and outside of the Jewish community. His transformative recovery from opioid addiction prompted him to find his spiritual calling as a rabbi, through which he hopes to help and inspire others struggling with addiction.

“As a person in long-term recovery, I have been inspired by the mission and lifesaving work of Beit T’Shuvah for many years,” said Perice. “Being its next rabbi is not only an honor but the culmination of a spiritual, personal and professional journey.” 

Perice currently serves as the senior rabbi at Temple Sinai in Cinnaminson, N.J., and previously worked as a chaplain at Einstein Medical Center during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and brings a deep understanding of both spiritual and therapeutic practices to the role. He has advised nonprofits, major health institutions and high-profile legislators on addiction and recovery issues. Perice was named one of the top 20 emerging leaders in South New Jersey.

“Rabbi Perice’s compelling story of recovery, coupled with his charisma and deep spirituality, will be a key element to help Beit T’Shuvah residents connect with their core beliefs and achieve lasting sobriety,” said Keith Elkins, chair of the Beit T’Shuvah board. “Through Rabbi Perice’s leadership, Beit T’Shuvah will inspire a renewed commitment to providing soul-enriching programs and services that nurture the mind, body and spirit.”

Under Perice’s direction, Beit T’Shuvah plans to extend its reach to the broader Jewish and non-Jewish community. This includes establishing partnerships with prominent organizations and thought leaders in the recovery and addiction space, and developing outreach programs to support residents with relatives and friends struggling with addiction.

Beit T’Shuvah’s board of directors also recently promoted its director of clinical services, Zac Jones, to executive director. Jones, who completed Beit T’Shuvah’s resident treatment program 11 years ago, steadily progressed from multiple positions within the organization.

As executive director, he plans to build upon his experience and understanding of Beit T’Shuvah’s mission, together with Perice, to lead the organization into a future filled with hope, healing and transformation.

“As Beit T’Shuvah’s new executive director, I am honored to help lead our incredible community into this next chapter and give back to the community that saved my life and the lives of so many others,” said Jones. “We are so much more than a treatment center; we are a community of healing and a sanctuary where every soul matters.” 

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Beit T’Shuvah is an addiction recovery community, treatment center, synagogue, and educational institute where life is celebrated and every soul matters. Beit T’Shuvah’s compassionate staff takes a spiritual, therapeutic, and relational approach to helping residents achieve lasting sobriety and recovery. By combining the clinical with the spiritual, residents of Beit T’Shuvah adopt a new way of living that transitions them from behavior patterns of perfectionism, failure, and isolation to life goals of progress, accountability, and gratitude. For more info, visit www.beittshuvah.org.
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