Rabbinical visits have a profound effect on minority Jewish inmates. Face-to-face visits and religious services bolster inmates’ emotional strength, imbue hope, and join prisoners together in meaningful prayer and study.
Since its inception in 1981, rabbinical visits have been at the core of The Aleph Institute’s prison services; the program has grown to incorporate year-round visits for:
- High Holidays
Annual prayer services led by Rabbis and Rabbinical students in U.S. institutions. Services include traditional foods, study sessions, and the customary blowing of the shofar.
Nightly Chanukah events in numerous state, federal and county institutions where inmates can light the menorah, sing songs, learn Torah, and share in holiday foods.
Rabbinical visits and services held at state, federal and county institutions to celebrate Purim with the reading of the Megillah.
Passover Seders and prayer services are lead by visiting Rabbis in institutions nationwide with traditional foods and study opportunities.
- Summer Visits
Teams of Rabbis and/or Rabbinical students travel the country to visit every Jewish inmate in every prison. Rabbis come face-to-face with as many as 5,000 Jewish inmates incarcerated in Thousands of Institutions in 45 States.
- Year-Round Visits
In addition to holiday and summer visits, Spark of Light representatives visit inmates on a year-round weekly or monthly basis.