Because no one should be alone or forgotten.

The Aleph Institute, founded in 1981 at the express direction of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, provides crucial financial, emotional and spiritual assistance to thousands of shattered families – helping them persevere through extraordinary crises – while providing support for their loved ones in prison and mental institutions. Aleph’s benevolent mandate also encompasses spiritual assistance to thousands of soldiers in the United States Armed Forces across the globe.

The Aleph Institute aims to serve members of these demographics with the following services:

Prison Programs

‎Visitations, holiday programs, emotional and spiritual support, religious supplies, care packages, educational and faith based programming.


Extensive advocacy for religious and civil rights on an individual level, as well as lobbying for policy changes as needed.

Project Tikvah

Vital intervention, advocacy, and support for young adults who are at risk of incarceration due to mental illness or addiction.

Family Services

Critical intervention for their families left behind, including emergency financial, emotional, spiritual and therapeutic support, as well as summer camp and education programs for their children.


Reentry assistance with jobs, housing, and programs that teach self-empowerment, life-training skills, and fiscal responsibility to increase integration success rates and reduce recidivism.

Alternative Sentencing

Innovative solutions to criminal justice issues with an emphasis on alternative sentencing recommendations, faith-based rehabilitation, preventive ethics education, and general policy proposals.

“When a person finds himself in a situation of “after sunset,” when the light of day has given light to gloom and darkness…one must not despair…it is necessary to fortify oneself with complete trust in G-d…..the darkness is only temporary, and it will soon be superseded by a bright light……Even a little light dispels a great deal of darkness, how much more so a light that steadily grows in intensity.”

– Adapted from a Chanukah letter sent in 5737/1977 by the Rebbe to incarcerated persons